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Why You Should Never Shock Your Dog

Why You Should Never Shock Your Dog

E-Collar training is sweeping the nation! It looks like it works miracles, but what it really does is ruin dogs. In this article I will explain why.  What happens when you shock your dog? A jolt of energy is literally injected into your dog's nervous system. But from where? Of course we know it comes from pushing a button and transmitting a signal to the collar (or perhaps the signal comes from an electric fence). But what does your dog know about remote controls and invisible fences? Not too much. What your dog experiences is a force acting on him,...


Dog Training as a Process of Entrainment

Leah Lykos

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Dog Training as a Process of Entrainment

The goal of training your dog should really be entraining your dog. To explain this, let's look at the meaning of entrainment as given by Wikipedia: Brainwave entrainment, the practice of entraining one's brainwaves to a desired frequency Entrainment (biomusicology), the synchronization of organisms to an external rhythm Entrainment (chronobiology), the alignment of a circadian system's period and phase to the period and phase of an external rhythm Entrainment (engineering), the entrapment of one substance by another substance Entrainment (hydrodynamics), the movement of one fluid by another Entrainment (meteorology), a phenomenon of the atmosphere Entrainment (physical geography), the process by...


The Attention Diet: 7 Reasons to Ignore Your Dog

The Attention Diet: 7 Reasons to Ignore Your Dog

I currently have my dogs on an "attention diet." That means "no touch, no talk, no eye contact," as Cesar Millan would say (and I promise you, this is both the first and last time I will ever quote Cesar!). Why do my dogs need an attention diet? Well, they've received way too much attention indoors, been completely anthropomorphized, overstimulated, over-pet, overly coo-ed to, and in a fairly co-dependent relationship with me for most of their lives. It's only day two and so far, so good. I've been able to practically go "cold turkey" and my dogs are snoring soundly while...


How to Tell if Your Dog is Socially Engaged

How to Tell if Your Dog is Socially Engaged

Dogs are like humans in many ways, including their biology. An important biological element that we share is the 10th cranial nerve, also known as the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve connects the brain to the body and helps regulate the autonomic nervous system in both humans and dogs. When all is going well our ventral vagus is in charge, and we have feelings of safety and comfort. Our breathing and movements are easy and joyful. We are in a state of flow, showing playful behavior while interacting with others. When we start to sense fear or perceive danger, this system also helps...


Crate Training Your Puppy

Leah Lykos

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Crate Training Your Puppy

I wanted to share with you some of my recommendations for crate training a puppy. Many people have an aversion to using a crate with their dog because they think it's cruel to put him in a "cage." The first thing you have to wrap your head around is that dogs are den animals, and a crate for a dog is analogous to a bedroom for a human. Try searching Google images of "wolf den" and you will see that they often hang out in little dirt holes. It is safe, it is comforting, and it is their home. Instead...