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     Part of the Communicative Approach, is focused sharply on puppies and following the method of a Mother Dog with her offspring.  When first whelped and for about two weeks afterw ...

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    by Robert Vaughan
    Tuesday, 14 January 2014
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    Rescue Promoting Balanced Training

    Unfortunately, there are many people that are not as open minded and that is the reason I am writing this article. I routinely get attacked on the internet as do many of my colleagues and it is comp ...

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    by Administrator
    Saturday, 07 December 2013
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    Why I’m Finished Volunteering at Animal Shelters…

    I’ve worked with behavior problems successfully, and if I do say so myself, made a couple of them adoptable.  It can be satisfying, and fulfilling work, watching a formerly “Reactive” dog walk ...

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    by Robert Vaughan
    Friday, 06 December 2013
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    Honesty Is the Best Policy

    Robin MacFarlane wrote : I've always been a proponent of the saying "Honesty is the best policy". However, this career has given me plenty of opportunity to realize that honesty isn't always ea ...

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    by Daniel Audet
    Friday, 01 February 2013
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    Economics….. And Dogs?

      And so it goes with dogs. The things we do to train them, sometimes don’t do what we intended. Sometimes it’s good. Sometimes, it’s horrible. The reason this is on my mind, is because of my ...

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    by Daniel Audet
    Thursday, 06 December 2012
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One of the most common behavioral issues that a trainer is called about is aggression. Aggression with regards to its causation and repair is a highly controversial and hotly debate subject in the dog training world.

Today, I was reminded of this when I received this article in my email today, via a Robin Macfarlane’s News Letter...

  

 

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Econmics ... And Dogs?

This post was written by one of our Forum Members, Jay Jack

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 First…. Just in case you don’t know…. Economics isn’t just the study of money, and it’s effect.

A great book called Freakonomics convinced me to stop being nauseous at the though of economics. Anyway… What the hell does this have to do with dogs?

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 Well, there’s a rule in Econ called the Rule Of Unintended Consequences. Yes, it’s pretty self explanatory. Although, the story people in Econ always go to is called The Cobra Effect. As the story goes……. In Delhi India, there was an epidemic in the overpopulation of Cobras. The government tried to solve the problem by paying citizens for any dead Cobra they turned in. Of course, this lead to people breeding them to turn them in for profit. And when the government found out, they canned the program. As soon as there was no reason to keep the snakes…… They were abandoned. Which of course caused the population of loose Cobras go UP.  So, the solution for getting rid of Cobras, increased them. 

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Prologue

I have been fascinated for the longest time by observing dogs behaving and interacting with the world around them. I arrived at the inevitable conclusion that the only way to explain why a dog reacts to different situations the way it does, is to look to the canine mind, and not try to explain everything in human terms. I have long since given up attempting to explain human behavior. Man is supposed to be a rational being, but it is sometimes very difficult to believe this. When there is an understanding (however minimal) of how the dog perceives his place in the world, then we should be in a position to be able to observe its’ behaviour from the correct perspective; that of the dog. This article is a brief examination of the “mind of a dog” and following articles will look at behaviour, and how people interact with dogs. The dog is certainly not born with polite manners, but it has natural instincts hard wired from birth that need to be satisfied. These make up the dog psyche, and will be explored in the course of this article.

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