Dog Behavior 101

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Introduction: Part One

Introduction: Part One

November 26, 2020

To get things started we’d like to pose a couple of questions:

   • What is a trained dog?
   • What is a well-behaved dog?

Imagine a dog that can sit, stay, fetch, roll over, play dead, do backflips and drive a car. We would probably say that dog is well trained, correct? Would we also say that they are well-behaved? Not necessarily. Let’s say this same dog does great on leash for a specific handler, but is reactive and tense with another...now how do we feel about the dog’s training/behavior?

Introduction: Part Two

Introduction: Part Two

December 01, 2020

Picking up where we left off. You’ll recall that in a balanced human-dog relationship, a trained dog looks to us for direction and they regularly respond to our direction in a positive manner. A dog won’t look for direction or respond to our requests unless they: 

   • are fulfilled as animal-dog-breed
   • trust our ability to direct and protect
   • know all good things come from us

What Are Our Dogs Thinking?

What Are Our Dogs Thinking?

January 05, 2021

We’d be remiss if we did a series on Dog Behavior 101 without talking about what’s going on in between our dog’s ears. A basic understanding of the dog’s mind can help you better meet your dog’s needs and create a balanced, happy human-dog relationship. So what are dogs thinking? How does a dog’s mind work?

Four States Of Dog

Four States Of Dog

January 05, 2021

A day in the life of a human is hard to define, because all of us lead such different lives. There are some fundamental elements that are the same: rest, eat, work, play, etc..but beyond that baseline our lives are pretty different. Some of us stay home with the kids, some of us go to an office, some play rock music, some do yoga, some train dogs and so on. Dogs on the other hand, tend to do the same 4 things, no matter where they live or who their owners are. Whether living in the wild, or in an apartment in Uptown, a dog will do the same 4 things every day.

What Is A Happy Dog?

What Is A Happy Dog?

January 05, 2021

Think of a dog running around, tail wagging a million miles an hour and tongue flapping out the side of their mouth. Do you think that dog looks happy? Now imagine a dog sitting on a cot quietly, doing nothing. Is that dog happy?

23:59:59

23:59:59

January 10, 2021

Today we’re introducing a concept we call 23:59:59. This will help you understand why your dog acts out and what to do to prevent it.

At BDB we never get calls from clients with perfectly behaved dogs-why would we? A dog who is consistently respectful, doesn’t whine, bark, chew or otherwise act out doesn’t bother their owner-and a human with a well-behaved dog doesn’t need a dog behaviorist.

How Do Dogs Communicate?

How Do Dogs Communicate?

January 10, 2021

Today we’re taking a look at dog communication methods.

It’s common sense that dogs don’t speak human, but that doesn’t keep 99% of dog owners from trying anyway. You could read your dog the entire dictionary front to back and they would understand exactly zero words. You could tell your dog “no, no, we don’t jump on guests” a thousand times, and they will still jump on your guests.

Dogs Want to Work. Let Them!

Dogs Want to Work. Let Them!

March 01, 2021

You’ve heard the old saying: find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life. It illustrates the human need for fulfillment in our day-to-day lives and the struggle against working boring, meaningless jobs.

Who Is Your Dog?

Who Is Your Dog?

March 09, 2021

Whether you’re trying to understand your long-time dog, or you’re considering getting a new dog, it’s important to know a few things about what makes a dog who they are. Knowing our dog on a deeper level allows us to better understand our individual dog’s needs. Just as humans have different personality traits that can be affected by the environment, our dogs too have unique dispositions that make them who they are as individuals. 

Dog Behavior 101: In Summary

Dog Behavior 101: In Summary

March 19, 2021

Well friends, we’ve come to the end of our Dog Behavior 101 Series. We’d like to review what we’ve covered over the last several posts. I know it might seem like a lot to take in, but just focus on one or two things at a time. Eventually it will all become second nature and you and your dog will be well on your way to a happier, more balanced relationship.