Posts in Behavior
On the Fence- When is Behavioral Medication Right for Your Primitive Dog? 

The truth is, that anxiety and fear are very likely to increase in intensity over time unless there is intervention. Depending on the severity of the dog’s anxiety, a trainer or behaviorist will create a behavior modification plan for you and your dog to follow to try to alleviate the anxiety and potentially recommend that the dog goes on medication in addition to the plan.

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Speaking Primitive Dog

Communication is key in any healthy relationship. The traditional model for dog ownership has been that we are a dog’s master and should tell them what to do at all times. Your primitive dog didn’t get this memo and calls “BS” on this human exceptionalist view of the relationship. They didn’t sign up for a destiny of servitude and are relieved that if you’re reading this, you probably didn’t either.

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Help Wanted - Finding a Trainer or Behaviorist for your Primitive Dog

Finding good help is hard no matter what the field. Primarily this is because we are not experts in what we need assistance with, so it can be very challenging to weed out what isn’t going to help us. The unfortunate truth is that many times we don’t find out until after we have made a financial investment and possibly done damage to the thing we are looking for help with. Help for our primitive dogs is no different. 

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Stranger Things - Helping your Primitive Dog Deal with the New, Strange, or Scary of Halloween

We humans love holidays. We love to dress up, decorate, gather, and celebrate. However nothing could be stranger to a primitive dog. The thrive on routine so changing that up is always a stressful transition for them. Halloween is one of the harder ones because there isn’t just decorations, there are also costumes and invaders!

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The Sound of Silence - Helping your Primitive Dog with Sound Sensitivity

Dogs are adaptable. They live on every continent besides Antarctica. Fun Fact: The only reason they don’t live in Antarctica is that they were all removed in 1993. Dogs can live near train tracks, construction sites, airports, and anywhere else that is filled with loud noise. So how do we have dogs that are afraid of thunder, fireworks, and even traffic. The answer is habituation. 

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The Growl - An Important Message You Shouldn't Be Ignoring

When a dog growls at you, it can feel scary, frustrating, or even insulting. Usually we are trying to do something important for our dogs, like be examined by a vet, groomed, picked up, shown affection, etc. When we are growled at we want to tell our dogs they are wrong. We want to make them see that what we are trying to do is not a bad thing. Perhaps we even tell them that their growl is wrong. The problem is that all of these responses to growling are a really bad idea.

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