When a Dog Suffers a Trauma
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by Eileen Anderson
3w ago
Here’s a photo that breaks my heart. Clara the bold, refusing to leave her car crate, even to eat some cat food. This is what happened. Early in December, I took Lewis and Clara to the house my sister is going to move into so they could mess around while I cleaned house. It was […] The post When a Dog Suffers a Trauma appeared first on eileenanddogs ..read more
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Happy Gotcha Day to Lewis!
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by Eileen Anderson
1M ago
I can’t believe it has been a year. But indeed it was December 28, 2021, when I welcomed boisterous eight-old-month Lewis into my life. If you want to see the list of things I first identified as difficulties, here it is. But instead of creating a progress report based on that list, I’m just going […] The post Happy Gotcha Day to Lewis! appeared first on eileenanddogs ..read more
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Dog Facial Expressions: Can You See the Stress?
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by Eileen Anderson
1M ago
In February 2013, I published a set of photos of formerly feral Clara at the vet. Trainers worldwide have used those photos, with my permission, as examples of extreme stress in a dog’s facial expressions. Clara was terribly afraid. She panted, paced, and panicked. We were working on desensitization and counterconditioning to people slowly, in […] The post Dog Facial Expressions: Can You See the Stress? appeared first on eileenanddogs ..read more
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Calling My Dog off Rabbit Scent at Night
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by Eileen Anderson
2M ago
I love training recall. When my dogs come to me, I love making it worth their while. I love being generous with treats, toys, and fun. It’s hard to stage a surprise recall with Lewis. Whenever he is lingering in the yard and I get the bright idea to go get a high-value treat and […] The post Calling My Dog off Rabbit Scent at Night appeared first on eileenanddogs ..read more
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“No” Is Not a Behavior . . . But That’s Not the Problem with Saying It
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by Eileen Anderson
2M ago
I don’t think this post is going to win a popularity contest, but here goes anyway. I can’t get it off my mind. Trainers regularly work hard to teach people alternatives to endlessly saying “No!” to their dogs. Even those of us who know the pitfalls of the habit lapse into it from time to […] The post “No” Is Not a Behavior . . . But That’s Not the Problem with Saying It appeared first on eileenanddogs ..read more
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Just a Whisper: The Early Signs of Fear in Dog Body Language
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by Eileen Anderson
3M ago
It’s pretty easy to recognize intense fear in dogs. A tucked tail, crouching, panting, a tight mouth and wrinkled forehead, shrinking away. But my friend and coauthor Marge Rogers has taught me the importance of seeing the early signs. The whispers, she calls them, that precede the “shouts” that come later if we don’t heed […] The post Just a Whisper: The Early Signs of Fear in Dog Body Language appeared first on eileenanddogs ..read more
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Review of Pawnix Sound Cancelling Headphones for Dogs: Unlikely to Work as Described
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by Eileen Anderson
4M ago
The claims made by the Pawnix company sound too good to be true. I believe that is the case. The company makes assertions about its sound-cancelling headset that are not possible with current consumer technology and for which they don’t provide evidence. There are many products that market to the concerns we guardians have for […] The post Review of Pawnix Sound Cancelling Headphones for Dogs: Unlikely to Work as Described appeared first on eileenanddogs ..read more
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I Got Trained Like Pavlov’s Dogs—Then Things Fell Apart
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5M ago
Rinnnggg! I learned to expect something nice when I heard that sound. Then things went south. The Sound When I first started out as a blogger in 2012, I used a hosting site called WordPress.com. Their smartphone app has a pleasant little notification sound effect. I soon learned that the app played the sound when […] The post I Got Trained Like Pavlov’s Dogs—Then Things Fell Apart appeared first on eileenanddogs ..read more
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No Stalking while Walking!
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by Eileen Anderson
5M ago
I’ve been walking two to three dogs every day since April 2021. One of my goals is to give them the most fun and freedom possible within the constraints of walking on leash in a suburban neighborhood. I have a post in the works about the ways I work on these goals. But in the […] The post No Stalking while Walking! appeared first on eileenanddogs ..read more
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How I Taught My Puppy to Sleep Later in the Morning
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by Eileen Anderson
6M ago
When Lewis first came, he had just spent 10 critical weeks of his puppyhood living in a vet’s office. He grew up keeping clinic hours. He was ready to get up in the morning between 5:00 and 6:00 AM. Groan. Now, I’ve been both an early bird and a night owl, and sometimes, unfortunately, both. […] The post How I Taught My Puppy to Sleep Later in the Morning appeared first on eileenanddogs ..read more
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