Can treats reinforce a dog’s fear or aggression? A person that posted a comment on our blog asked us such a good question in response to our article, 5 Harsh Realities of Treating Dog Aggression that we thought it was worth a blog post. The question came after a statement that treats can’t reinforce (strengthen.. read more →

On the surface treating dog aggression – if not a simple fix – can at least appear to be relatively straightforward. Teach your dog to do something that is incompatible with aggressive behavior. How hard can that be? Well, after the initial cycle of excitement and enthusiasm, there is the inevitable wake-up call to reality… read more →

Training your aggressive dog to stop paying attention to something else and shift their to you will likely help to improve dog aggression. People with generalized social-phobia that have been trained to pay attention to non-threatening positive material and ignore threatening material, showed significantly greater reductions in self-reported, behavioral, and physiological measures of anxiety than.. read more →

We and our dogs are unable to pay full attention to more than one thing at a time. Outside of dogs that are aggressive toward their owners, it means that if you can hold your dogs attention, they will not be attention to whatever else he is becoming aggressive towards. Dogs that are not attending to the threats.. read more →

If you have problems stopping your dog from jumping up you are not alone!  But it’s not always an easy problem to correct.  We have some some strategies to make it easier. But before we get into how you can change your dog’s behavior, it helps to understand why they do it. Why do dogs jump up?.. read more →

If you are new to click training, you might want to check out our introduction to clicker training, what it is, why we use it and how it it is a fun and effective way to train dogs, but why it is particularly good in working with aggressive dogs. If you understand the principal of.. read more →

This is part 4 in our Environmental Enrichment series.  Part 1 talked about why it is important for aggressive dogs.  Part 2 discussed how to implements it.  Part 3 provided 15 examples to get your creative juices going.  Here in part 4, we talk about the importance of exercise and play, but also about some of.. read more →

  This is Part 3 of our Environmental Enrichment series where we give you 15 tips on how to mentally and sometimes physically stimulate your dog. Part 1 talks about how environmental enrichment can help reduce problems that contribute to dog aggression. Part 2 gives you an overview on how to incorporate environment enrichment into your dog’s.. read more →

  This is part 2 of the environmental enrichment for dogs from our upcoming book on dog aggression.  Part 1 talked about why environmental enrichment is important in trerating aggression in dogs.  In part 2 we will talk about some of the ways you can implement this. To start, think about what dogs typically do… read more →

This week we are going to focus on environmental enrichment from our upcoming book on dog aggression. Environmental enrichment is discussed when it comes to dogs in shelters, but we don’t often see it in regards to treating aggression. Part 1 will be on why Environmental Enrichment is important. Part 2 and part 3 will.. read more →