COUNTERCONDITIONING BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION FOR NERVOUS AND FEARFUL  DOGS

COUNTERCONDITIONING BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION FOR NERVOUS AND FEARFUL  DOGS

February 12, 2024

 

Socialisation and habituation aim to ensure that puppies, especially in urban areas, grow up without fears or phobias and enjoy the company of people and dogs in various settings.

However, if your dog is nervous or fearful of unfamiliar objects,  dogs or strangers, it can be classically conditioned with Pavlovian training methods.  Pavlov defined classical conditioning, which involves automatic or reflexive responses and is not voluntary behaviour.  Involuntary respo…

NO BEGGING AT THE TABLE. THE PROCESS OF EXTINCTION FOR UNWANTED CANINE BEHAVIOURS.

NO BEGGING AT THE TABLE. THE PROCESS OF EXTINCTION FOR UNWANTED CANINE BEHAVIOURS.

January 25, 2024

REWARD DOGS FOR GOOD BEHAVIOURS AND NOT THE BAD. 

One of the principles of operant conditioning is reinforcement, which increases the likelihood that a specific behaviour will recur. Each time our dog sits on command, and we reward it with a treat, it will likely repeat the action more often and faster. The dog's behaviour makes something good happen. However, we can just as quickly reward behaviours we don't want, such as patting our dog when it jumps on us or feeding it at the…

SAY NO TO FIREWORKS

SAY NO TO FIREWORKS

December 28, 2023

The explosions of New Year’s Eve fireworks release tons of toxins into the atmosphere and send animals’ heart rates soaring, resulting in extreme stress.  The unpredictable sound of detonations, hour after hour, triggers a panic response, causing unimaginable trauma and even death to wildlife, domestic, and companion animals.  Humans are considered civilised beings, yet very few countries have banned fireworks outright.  Though many countries restrict the sale of fire…

Understanding why  dogs jump up on people and how to stop them.

Understanding why dogs jump up on people and how to stop them.

November 08, 2023

 

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, American psychologist Edward Lee Thorndike (1874–1949) began to analyse the reaction different consequences have on behaviour. This study became known as the Law of Effect or Thorndike's Law of Effect and concluded that responses producing rewards tend to increase in frequency. In other words, if someone rewards us for a specific behaviour, we are more likely to repeat it. 

Thorndike was the first person to outline the concept o…

LAIKA THE STREET DOG FROM MOSCOW WAS THE FIRST LIVING BEING IN SPACE.

LAIKA THE STREET DOG FROM MOSCOW WAS THE FIRST LIVING BEING IN SPACE.

November 03, 2023

3rd NOVEMBER IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST DOG IN SPACE.

The most famous victim of research in the name of human advancement was Laika, the cosmonaut dog from Russia, destined to become the first living creature in space. Of the three dogs in training, the three-year-old Laika showed the most promising results in the centrifuge and adapted well to tight spaces, an essential requirement for the confined space capsule. The dogs also underwent surgery to implant cables with sensors to monitor…

SHOULD YOU LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE?

SHOULD YOU LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE?

October 31, 2023

 

 

Indeed, you should never disturb a sleeping dog!  When asleep, dogs have similar brain wave patterns as humans, and like us, when dogs fall asleep, they experience slow wave sleep, which is later followed by REM.  During REM, our dogs can also dream and often whine or twitch and are probably reliving daytime experiences.  Even though a dreamer may appear active during this phase, they are difficult to wake.  Often, owners are concerned that their pooch is…

Latest Review 5.0 out of 5 stars

Latest Review 5.0 out of 5 stars

October 20, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars

Everyone who has a dog, or plans to get one, should read this book.

Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2023. BY MERITS ANIH  ON Amazon.com

 

Erika K. Gsi is a qualified canine behaviourist. After the deaths of their dogs, Franky and Lulu, she and her husband, Rezsö, agreed that they wouldn't get any pets again because of the pain they experienced from losing them. But that didn't stop them from getting Mila six weeks later. Before …

18,000-YEAR-OLD CANID REMAINS

18,000-YEAR-OLD CANID REMAINS

October 13, 2023

18,000-YEAR-OLD CANID REMAINS FOUND IN SIBERIAN PERMAFROST. 

There was great excitement within the Canine scientific community when, in 2018, locals found a frozen, virtually intact puppy in the Siberian permafrost.  

Dogor, meaning “friend” in the Yakut language, was radiocarbon dated 18,000 years old. Unfortunately, the first round of genetic testing was inconclusive; therefore, scientists were unsure whether Dogor was an early modern wolf or a proto-dog.

H…

DEMODECTIC AND SARCOPTIC MANGE IN DOGS

DEMODECTIC AND SARCOPTIC MANGE IN DOGS

October 13, 2023

All dogs carry Demodex mites, which the mother passes to her pups in their first few days of life. Unlike sarcoptic mange, demodectic mange is not contagious to other dogs or humans. While sarcoptic mange mites live just under the skin’s surface and cause intense itching, Demodex mites live in hair follicles and seldom cause any problems. A daily bath with a special medicated shampoo and a course of Bravecto tablets (fluralaner) usually clears up the condition. 

 

Healthy …

SEPARATION ANXIETY IN DOGS

SEPARATION ANXIETY IN DOGS

September 12, 2023

 

Often overlooked, companionship is frequently lacking in our dogs’ lives, yet it is one of their most basic needs.  Bearing this in mind, we should remember that separation from us is not voluntary for our dogs. Therefore, it should not be surprising that these social creatures find it hard to cope with being left alone for long periods daily. Dogs rely on their humans for everything: shelter, food, exercise, and wonderful things. Their very survival depends on us. The…

OWNER DIRECTED AGGRESSION

OWNER DIRECTED AGGRESSION

September 06, 2023

 

Delving into the complex subject of all forms of canine aggression, such as owner-directed aggression, food aggression, sibling rivalry, idiopathic aggression and red-zone dogs, opens a veritable Pandora’s box of ideas, beliefs and theories. Factors that affect aggression include pain, injury, genetics, gender, hormonal influences, early and ongoing socialisation, owner interactions and owner perceptions when owners anthropomorphise their dogs.

One of the most common forms of…

Why dogs chew

Why dogs chew

August 07, 2023

Just as walking and sniffing have many benefits, so does chewing.  Generally, canines chew for several reasons, including pleasure and to displace tension.  This is a necessary hardwired canine instinct, which is why we should not even attempt to eliminate this normal canine behaviour.  Not only would this be cruel, but it would be virtually impossible.  Just as humans use their hands, our curious canines investigate with their mouths.

Additionally, chewing is perfectly n…

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