Yes, I’m a Cookie Pusher: The Power of Positive Association

A lot of dogs get excited when they see me coming. My arrival and approach often elicits wagging tails, wiggling bodies, and happy faces. Why? Am I some kind of magical dog psychic? Nope! It has to do with harnessing the power of positive association! A BRIEF CRASH COURSE IN HOW DOGS LEARN Dogs learn … Continue reading Yes, I’m a Cookie Pusher: The Power of Positive Association

CRYPTIC CAT BEHAVIOR: STOPPING THE SPRAY

According to the ASPCA, inappropriate elimination is the most common behavior problem reported by cat parents. Let’s take a blog post to examine a behavior dreaded by many cat owners: urinating in the house. FIRST THINGS FIRST: Is your cat SPRAYING or URINATING? Spraying is characterized by the cat spritzing a small amount of urine … Continue reading CRYPTIC CAT BEHAVIOR: STOPPING THE SPRAY

On Positive Reinforcement and Pack Leaders

If you spend 30 minutes looking for dog training videos on YouTube, you will find two very different schools of thought on the best methods to train your dog. Some videos, including those promoted by celebrity dog trainer Cesar Milan, promote dog training methods centered on dominance theory and being a “pack leader” for your … Continue reading On Positive Reinforcement and Pack Leaders