Monday, December 28, 2009

A Doberman Helps Owner By Going For Help

This wonderful article illustrates (once again) how perceptive dogs can be about things that are amiss with their owners.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Some Behavior Techniques are Not Good for my Psyche

My humans say that I have some "behavior challenges." I think that means that they think I am a little messed up, mentally. Supposedly, I am a " reactive dog." I have heard them say that I was not well-socialized as a puppy. I did not go to live with them until I was 10 months old, and I suppose that I had lived a rather sheltered existence before that. I had always been with my brother (from the same litter), so he was always my shield against danger. When I went out on my own, with my new family, there were times when I was nervous, especially around dogs or people I didn't know. I found that it made me feel more powerful if I bounced and barked at them, but this did not seem to make my people happy. They have been teaching me to relax, using something called a clicker, followed by a treat.

My human partner has been reading a lot of information, lately, about how "aversive training techniques" are not helpful or humane for a nervous dog like me, who is basically insecure. She read an interesting press release on the subject, so she wants me to share it on my blog. Here it is:

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I try not to discriminate against a species that is "less fortunate" than mine.