Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:40

What can we communicate and how?

Dogs communicate a tremendous amount of information to other dogs through scent and sound, but we as humans still don’t know how to use that effectively. Human language can be expressive (stub your toe, nobody in the room) or communicative (giving instructions), the observable behavioral language of dogs is both. 

Canine Discipline & Training

Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Sun, 07/01/2018 - 17:39

“Discipline” is a scary word for some people. Given the experience some of us had with public education, and in the workplace, this is not surprising. In those cases, it’s likely that “discipline” meant something a lot like “punishment” but that’s not what we’re talking about here. 

In this case, it’s about being able to exercise a sufficient amount of control to produce socially appropriate and desirable behaviors. One of the immediately apparent implications is that discipline is a given -– the only choice we have is whether it is self-imposed or externally imposed.

Appropriate Social Structure

Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Sat, 06/30/2018 - 13:37

Dogs are at once surprisingly complex and simple; they live in a rich world, but if we satisfy some basic needs they tend to do quite well. Dogs are social creatures, and right after food, water, and shelter, their social life is crucially important. Many of the behavior problems I see are the result of inappropriate social structure.

How To Create A Monster

Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Wed, 06/27/2018 - 11:23

Some of the most serious problems arise when a dog owner fails to provide structure, boundaries, and effective correction in a timely manner. Because dogs have evolved as opportunistic omnivores, they are naturally inclined toward goal-directed, purposeful, self-initiated behavior. And because of the way their brain functions, they do not have “right / wrong” or “good / bad” as we understand it; all they have is “works” and “doesn’t work.” That is, did the behavior get them something they want? If it did, then it works.