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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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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The Number One Reason Your Primitive Dog is Stubborn = Stinginess

I tell all my clients the same words of wisdom; “You get out what you put in”. This can mean effort, but this also means connection. When we interact with our primitive dogs, if we don’t make an effort on building trust, it won’t be there when we need it. It is easy to assume the relationships we have with our dogs and take them for granted. Just like human relationships, there must be time, effort, and connection through mutual benefit, or else they turn sour.

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Creatures of Habit: Dealing with Changes in Routine

For many families, the fall is a time of change for much for our routines and schedules. Fall brings new school terms as well as the federal government's new fiscal year. Many people transition to new jobs at this time of year or even start a new education program. A lot of families also get a new puppy. Your Primitive Dog is along for the ride and these changes can bring out stress induced behavior changes that can look strange and mysterious if you forget to consider routine changes. Behaviors such as chewing of furniture or themselves, lack of cooperation, house training problems, and even shyness or aggression can crop up. What adds fuel to the fire is that we are usually struggling through the change as well so we are short on patience and understanding. 

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