Posts in Problem Solving
But My Primitive Dog Doesn't Like Food...: How to deal with a lack of food motivation

It is true that the ideal training scenario is to have a biddable food driven dog who will do anything for a morsel of kibble. But not every dog is going to fit that mold and in fact, most probably won't at some point or another. Don’t let trainers or owners shame you into thinking something is wrong with you, your training, or your dog. There are many reasons why your dog may not be motivated by food. There are also many solutions.

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Recovery Walks and the Primitive Dog

You’ve had a bad day at work.  You come home to a super excited and energetic dog.  Or maybe you just had a negative experience at a dog sports competition.  You wake up the next morning and your dog is ready to go, go, go.  Your motivation for training is at a low, as is your desire to go for a walk around the neighborhood.  Bully sticks and other chews are great, food puzzles are also super fun.  But your dog needs more than that, and you don’t want the guilt from not properly exercising your dog to add on to your unhappiness.  What do you do?

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Don't Leave! - When Your Primitive Dog Doesn't Want to be Alone

Some are destructive, vocalize loudly or constantly, become hypervigilant of where their humans are at all times, while others do all of these signs and more. Many pet owners are unaware that the behaviors their dog is exhibiting are separation distress because there is such a wide range of behaviors associated with it.

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Ignoring Your Primitive Dog’s Challenges Won’t Make Them Go Away

Out of sight, out of mind, or at least we think that till all hell breaks loose. It is a myth that problems your primitive dog is exhibiting will work themselves out. No behavior problem magically goes away. It takes time, effort, patience, and methods that are designed to help while not causing further harm. 

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Emergency Maneuvers - The Collar Grab Game

When disaster strikes and you need to reach your dog, a game of keep away can be life threatening. Regardless of your dog’s recall, obedience, attention and motivation, having a behavior tucked away for emergencies can be a lifesaver. So today we are going to be training the emergency collar grab. So you can grab your dog and get them out of harms way no matter what.

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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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