Positive Discipline Dog Training

The Dog’s Perspective

If you have human children, you probably have heard of Positive Discipline. If you have doggy fur-babies, you most likely have heard of Positive Training. While the Human’s Perspective advocates positive training methods, the Dog’s Perspective advocates and applies positive discipline to dog training. The obvious question is – are these training approaches the same or different? Although the names, positive discipline and positive training, are very similar and based on the same learning theory with the ultimate goal of training dogs, their approaches to training and success rates are quite different. Continue reading

Think Outside the Skinner Box

When you search for information on how to train your dog, do you consistently find references to B.F. Skinner and the learning theory he proposed known as operant conditioning? Understanding operant conditioning and properly applying the concepts to dog training can be a daunting task, but is necessary for achieving success in dog training. This is where our new book series, The Dog’s Perspective: How to Train a Dog by Thinking Like a Dog, will be very handy. Not only is operant conditioning fully explained and applied to dog training in Volume 1: Philosophy Primer, but it also explores how operant conditioning from the Human’s Perspective, does not coincide with the dog’s point of view (The Dog’s Perspective). These differences in approaches is explained in how to “Think Outside the Skinner Box”. Continue reading

How To Train a Dog by Thinking Like a Dog

Do you have a dog who needs training? Have you searched the internet for help, but ended up more confused than when you first started? Not surprising! There is so much information – good and bad – out there pertaining to how to train a dog and it is very difficult to figure out which way to turn. Well, we are here to help you better understand this problem and address your training needs.

In the next few weeks, the first volume of our dog training series – The Dog’s Perspective: How to Train a Dog by Thinking Like a Dog will be available. Volume 1 is the Philosophy Primer. We are so excited to share this information with you so that you can better understand how to train your dog. Dog training can be complex and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Actually, it shouldn’t be confusing at all, if you truly understand dogs. We sifted through the multitude of dog training information available on Continue reading

High Costs of Cheap Dog Food

The Dog Food Dilemma

A recent article offered advice on how to prioritize spending on Fido when money is tight, discussing what should you splurge on and what to hold back on in lean times. The choices espoused in this article are frustrating and the reason why over 50% of Americans and their trusty canine companions are unhealthy, overweight and/or obese. To cut costs, the article recommends feeding “cheap dog food” in lieu more expensive specialty pet foods. This advice is contrary to current research and logic. Although many of us need to budget our expenses, we also must be mindful of the ultimate outcomes of our choices. Continue reading

Inhumanity of Harambe’s Death

Harambe is the 17-year-old Gorilla who was shot to death at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday, 28 May 2016, after a 3-year-old child was able to bypass the zoo’s “security system” and his parent’s “vigilant care” to fall 12-feet into the Gorilla World exhibit. Evidently, the zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team, after observing the gorilla’s behavior, deemed it to be a life-threatening situation and decided that it was necessary to kill the gorilla to save the boy. Harambe was senselessly killed the day after his 17th birthday. The child was released from the hospital just hours after his fall in the enclosure, and his family stated that he is “doing just fine”.

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Keep Hot Dogs Cool in Summer

Puppy Dog Training Asheville - DannyHot Time in the Summertime

Summer is just around the corner. However, WNC temperatures have already climbed into the 80’s in early spring. In warmer months, we are able switch to lighter clothes so we won’t swelter wearing woolen sweaters and slacks. Although some of us may find it inconvenient to switch our wardrobes from winter to summer clothes, at least we have that option. Unfortunately, other than possibly shedding an undercoat, dogs are always clothed in a fur coat. So what can we do the help our dogs stay safe and healthy in warm temperatures? Continue reading

How Dogs Recognize Human Emotions

Co-evolution of Dog & Human Companionship

IMG_6684Humans have associated with wild canids for at least 30,000. The fossil record confirms human (Homo sapiens) developed relationships with canines as far back as the times of the Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis). From these early wild canids evolved the domestic dog. Humans and their dog companions have been together for the last 15,000 years or so, which is a very long time for BFFs. Dogs and humans are two different mammalian species that have developed a highly beneficial, co-evolutionary relationship. No other interspecific relationship, between two species, is as complex and mutually beneficial as the dog-human companionship. The success of our canine companions’ relationship is their ability to communicate and cooperate with humans, a separate species. However, how this communication occurs between humans and dogs is debatable. Continue reading

Why Dogs Should Like Petting

Do Dogs Like Petting?

Many of us love touching, petting and cuddling our puppy dogs. However, is the feeling mutual?  Do our dogs really like all this fuss from humans?  More importantly, should dogs like all the touchy-feely attention from not only their own human, but complete strangers? To know if dogs like petting, you can consider your scruffy little pups currently by your side. On a larger scale, think about all the dogs, wild & wonderful, you have had the pleasure of knowing throughout your lifetime. Finally, on the grandest of all scales, evolutionary time scale, contemplate all the domestic dogs that have ever existed over the last 40,000 years. Did domestic dogs always like petting? And….why should we care? The more we think from the dog’s perspective, the better we will be able to communicate with our dogs, and the sooner our dogs will become the best dog in our world. Continue reading