Dog Science

Stop Contributing to your Dog's Bad Behavior (Part 4)

Hello Suncoast! For the last several weeks we have been discussing human behaviors that actually contribute to some of the bad behaviors we see in our dogs. We have discussed the first two human behaviors that cause us issues, and this week we wrap up the series with the third and final human behavior causing us our own grief.

Human behavior #3:  Expecting too much from your dog without doing your part.
Just as a child benefits from increasing levels of education; preschool to high school and college, dogs can also benefit from increasing levels of training and practice. . . .

Stop Contributing to your Dog's Bad Behavior (Part 3)

Hello everyone. It’s time for the Suncoast Dog Blog once again. We have been discussing human behaviors that actually contribute to, rather than stop, bad behavior in our dogs. Last week we discussed human behavior number one, which is focusing on eliminating bad behavior, rather than reinforcing the desired behavior. This week we move on to the second human behavior that is causing us problems.

Human Behavior #2: Lack of consistency and clear expectations.
Dogs, much like children, need consistent guidance from the people in their lives. Dogs thrive when there is routine and consistent patterns of behavior. . . .

Stop Contributing to your Dog's Bad Behavior (Part 2)

Hello Suncoast! Last week we began the series “Stop Contributing to Your Dog’s Bad Behavior.” I promised to uncover three human behaviors that greatly contribute to seeing undesirable behavior from our dogs, or that hinder us from getting the results we covet. This week we will discuss the first human behavior that causes us problems.

Human Behavior #1: Focusing on eliminating bad behaviors, rather than reinforcing the desired ones.
Punishment based interactions, or force based corrections tend to be harmful to your relationship with your dog. Over time these types of interactions will begin to create fear in your dog. Research has long proven forceful or coercive techniques induce fear, and in turn, fear is likely to produce aggression. . . .

Stop Contributing to your Dog's Bad Behavior (Part 1)

We, as humans, are an impatient bunch; especially so when it comes to our dogs. We basically want them to come out of the womb perfectly well behaved. We all know this is not realistic, yet somehow, are still disappointed when it doesn’t happen. We tend to acknowledge the fact that some training may be necessary, but even then want instant results. We are a product of the microwave, drive-thru society. When the dog exhibits undesirable behavior, we are quick to label them stubborn, rebellious, obstinate, ornery, or various other things. Before you blame your dog for annoying behaviors such as excessive barking, pulling you on the leash, or bolting in the other direction when you call her, first consider that there are reasons your dog behaves the way she does. More importantly, some of those reasons have to do with you and the other humans in her life. 

10 Resolutions for Rover (Part 6)

Welcome back to the Suncoast Dog Blog. Today, we finish up the series " 10 Resolutions for Rover." We have covered 9 resolutions so far, and today we conclude with our final resolution. 

Resolution #10: Get Your Dog’s Attention.
Play games with your dog that help her to focus on you. . . .