Environmental Desensitization – Helping a Student’s Dog

Environmental Desensitization – Helping a Student’s Dog

When you are working on helping your dog become less reactive towards other dogs, a factor that often comes about is having difficulty even having them focus on you rather than the environment. One reason this can happen is a dog’s distress about being in...
ThunderCaps – Calming an Over-Stimulating World

ThunderCaps – Calming an Over-Stimulating World

In our modern densely-populated and noisy urban society, dogs can often live much of their lives outdoors in a state of high visual stimulation. Surprising encounters at close distances and limited opportunities to escape are part of this picture also. The...
Calming Signals or Stress Signs?

Calming Signals or Stress Signs?

When working with clients, I am often asked about the body language of the dogs that we are working with. One question that comes up, particularly with those who have some background in behavior and training, is about whether the behaviors (yawning, licking lips,...
Pet Prep – Part 2 – Prepping to Be Away

Pet Prep – Part 2 – Prepping to Be Away

After reading even more about the potential dangers of a major earthquake in the Pacific Northwest and Portland in particular, I have decided that I would like to find ways to teach people how to help their pets in a disaster. I want to share with you some of the...
Blog Post – Large Image Top

Blog Post – Large Image Top

Since hearing about the potential dangers of a major earthquake in the Pacific Northwest and Portland in particular, I have decided that I would like to find ways to teach people how to help their pets in a disaster. I want to share with you some of the things that I...