Articles: dog behavior

Your Dog Behavior Questions for 'Love Has No Age Limit' Co-Author, Patricia McConnell

Certified applied animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell answers selected reader questions this week. McConnell has written some of my favorite books about dogs, including “The Other End of the Leash” and “For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend.” Her most recent effort (with Karen London) is “Love Has No…

Pit Bull Shot by Chicago Off Duty Police Officer

These sorts of stories are difficult for me to post. I wasn’t there – I don’t know  what happened. It does seem like police officers – off duty or not – who are carrying a weapon might sometimes shoot first and ask questions later. Overall, I appreciate police officers, and don’t mean to make a…

The Hottest Dog Book Makes Good Sense

The hottest dog book is paws down John Bradshaw’s Dog Sense: Dog Sense: How The New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet.  My friend at WGN Radio, Bill Moller sent this along from an NPR interview. Bradshaw’s comments are a huge breath of Fresh Air!!! Bradshaw relies on…

IAABC Conference, Behavior Consultant Meeting

WARWICK, R.I. — The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants 2011 Conference April 1-3 was attended by over 300 dog, cat, parrot and horse behavior consultants. One headline from the event emerged from a speech by veterinary behaviorist Dr. Nicholas Dodman, director of the Behavior Clinic at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton,…

Behavior Tool Kit: How to Teach New Behavior

Behavior Took Kit by James Fitzler and Susan Friedman. A flow-chart which describes how animals learn. “Teaching new behaviors isn’t rocket science, it’s behavior science!” (thanks for KPI trainer, and Facebook fan Laura Monaco Torelli for the this post)

Oh Behave! (Highlights of 2011 IAABC Conference)

Here are some photo snippets from the 2011 International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Conference, April 1 through 3 in Warwick, RI. 

Happy or Angry, Is This Dog Smiling?

In this case, I believe by accident or on purpose the dog was trained to smile with reinforcement (owner’s attentions). Some might be concerned that the dog is angry. This is not an angry dog. 

Another Smiling Dog or Angry Dog, You Decide

Another example, is this dog happy or angry….smiling or grimacing. Or maybe the dog has a dental related issue, if this behavior is new. Personally, I believe the dog is exhibiting what’s called a flehman response to a smell (likely the treat), Curling the upper lip, bringing all the scent possible to the vomeronasal organ.…

Dog Smiling, or Growling?

Interesting topic among behavior consultants on our Listserve, how some people confuse a dog’s smile with a dog’s grimace and growl. It really happens all the time. 

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