The Mop Up Squad

The Mop Up Squad: Helping dogs harmed by aversive trainers There is a trope—long disproven and actually dangerous for dogs—among those trainers who continue to use aversive stimuli in dog training: they say that they are the only ones who can train aggressive dogs....
Reality Testing

Reality Testing

Reality Testing by Jean Donaldson     Years ago I was chatting with a friend about the lay of the land in dog training and mentioned that in the US it was still legal to use electric shock on dogs, by anyone and at any time.  She, who is not in dogs, said...
Holidays with Stranger Danger Dogs

Holidays with Stranger Danger Dogs

Surviving the Holidays with Stranger Danger Dogs by Jean Donaldson   With COVID restrictions dwindling and the holidays approaching, families with dogs who are uncomfortable around strangers may be feeling trepidation.  Fear not: you can all survive this and...
If They Could March

If They Could March

If They Could March   -by Jean Donaldson If dogs could march on Washington, what would they march about?  Adequate food, shelter, veterinary care?  Big ticket stuff, but I doubt it.  When people march, it’s never for something everybody already agrees on and for...
Why We Need to Modify the Humane Hierarchy

Why We Need to Modify the Humane Hierarchy

Why we need to modify the Humane Hierarchy Our guest blogger is Tim Steele, a newly minted Academy graduate and owner of Behavior Matters Academy in Santa Clara CA.  His post is part of Companion Animal Psychology’s Train For Rewards Blog Party 2018. I love the...