Roots of “Reactivity”

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A dog can train itself to act “reactive” in only a few intense learning experiences. I’ve watched hundreds of dogs learn these behaviors, but was shocked to see it happen with my own dog.   My friendly Border Collie had never barked at any human, and…

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Reactivity Revealed

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Say the word “reactivity” to a dog trainer and you’re likely to be rewarded with a grimace. The term has gained a negative meaning in the last decade or so. But examining the original definition of “reactive” tells us a much bigger story about dog temperament. To…

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Redirect Your Relatives!

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Visitors need training! Use these tips to bend them to your will, and get some fun Service Dog training done. If your dog learns to behave well with visitors at home, it will also behave better with strangers in public access training. You’ve probably already…

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Cubicle Dogs

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We thought maybe it was because of the trolls. Trolls traditionally live under bridges, but perhaps there is one called the Bad Behavior Troll, who lives under desks in cubicles, and un-trains our Service Dogs. Now I blame the evil inventor of the Cubicle. Cubicles give dogs…

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Bringing Out The Inner Lassie!

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A potentially dangerous and unusual sound or situation happens. Your Hearing or Service Dog has never encountered or trained for this before, yet it runs to alert you, and insists that you follow, just like the mythical Lassie with her canine superpowers. Our “Inner Lassie”…

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Let Go And Let Dog

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To become great trainers for Service Dog Alerts and Hearing Dog Alerts, we need to analyze our own temperaments first, and become more flexible. Why? Because we all need to learn the skill of teaching a dog to use its own initiative. The assertive people need…

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Coffee Shop Training

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A conversation with Anna Carson Is coffee good for Service Dogs? No, but Coffee Shops are! Add a Mentor Dog to insulate your Service Dog prospect from stress, and utilize this training resource to the fullest…while you relax. In this article Anna explains how Coffee…

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The Hoffman Handshake

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You can magically transform “drive-by-petters” into your obedient helpers. You know the type. As soon as they see you and your pet dog or Service Dog out in public, their eyes get bright, and their smile lights up. They swoop down on you like a…

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