It’s the end of the day and you just got home from work. You’re ready to relax after the long day, and instead your task has become calming your dog down. They notice all of the people coming home from work too.Read More
When people ask me what kind of dog I have, the next question is usually “what were they bred for”? My answer - “To Be Dogs!”Read More
Do you have a plan in place in case the unthinkable happens?Read More
What is a “primitive dog”?
Both “cultured” and “uncultured” breeds that still maintain ancient genes, primitive appearance and retention of wild traits. Previous exclusive literature has not benefited primitive breeds and their enthusiasts in the past. Therefore we choose to be inclusive about who fits under this umbrella and we offer a long and exhaustive list of what dog breeds fit. However, if your dog is not included and still shows many of the traits of other primitive dogs, in our opinion you are just as welcome.
So let's clear the air on this catch-all behavior modification term and get you started on a protocol that will actually help your primitive dog feel better around things they react to!Read More
A marker is a word that you say to your dog the second that they complete the correct behavior in a training exercise.This technique is a powerful part of a trainer’s toolbelt and is a favorite method for teaching dogs new behaviors and reinforcing old ones.Read More
For far too long, academia ignored our canine companions and humanity was basically encouraged to leave our relationships with animals in the stone age. But in the last 50 years there has been groundbreaking change in the way academia and the world looks at animals, including dogs. Advances in cognition, ethology, animal welfare, and so many more fields, has opened up the world of animal awareness and intelligence to all. But like all science, it is slow to become part of our everyday lives. So today we are going to look at how we can be better informed participant’s in our dogs’ world.Read More
As you walk down the aisles of a pet store, it is very easy to become overwhelmed by all the choices. How do you choose when there are so many different proteins, food for small dogs, big dogs, puppies, overweight dogs, grain-free, natural… what does it all mean?Read More
Forget about “packs”, “alpha”, “hierarchy”, “dominant”, “wolf, wild, or ancestor” nutrition, or any of the other wolf labels we stick on our dogs. They didn’t earn that scarlet letter. They are dogs. Strong, resilient, adaptable, intelligent, and independent dogs, that we invited into our living rooms and on to our couches. Let’s introduce ourselves to them and leave the wolf outside in the forest where it belongs.Read More
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.Read More
When you come home, do you walk into your house to find that your dog has ripped something up or soiled the floor? Are they distressed when you go to leave? This could be separation anxiety.Read More
The number one fear of every primitive dog owner is that their dog will get loose. You can see the horror flash behind your eyes as I simply bring it up. Images flash of your dog playing tag with a bird under the car across the street. You haven't known what suffocating fear is till a primitive dog gets loose.Read More
Wishing to share your special companion with the world is admirable. I can also be selfish depending on your dog and their ability to tolerate strangers and public places. Most people get into therapy work because their dogs love people, while others get into it because they want to show off their dog. If you’re reading this you are probably in the first category but it is important to periodically self check why you are asking your dog to do this work.Read More
Most owners don’t realize that feeding their dog out of a bowl is the greatest missed opportunity of their dog’s daily life. That’s 2-3 opportunities a day - 14-21 opportunities a week! That’s almost 1000 missed opportunities a year!Read More