piddling is not peeing

Piddling is not Peeing

Robert Cabral Behavior, Problem Solving Leave a Comment

Piddlers are dogs that leak a small (sometimes a large amount) when excited. This behavior should not be mistaken with dogs that mark intentionally or are peeing. There are generally two reasons why dogs piddle, one is due to a physical condition such as bladder problems, but more commonly the issue is behavioral. It is often seen in highly excitable …

The Danger in Suppressing a Dog's Drives

The Danger in Suppressing a Dog’s Drives

Robert Cabral Behavior, Blog, Dog Aggression, Problem Solving 1 Comment

The information contained in this article may be a bit advanced for some readers, but it is extremely important if you are dealing with a dog with difficult behaviors and are looking to hire a trainer to work with your dog or you are working with the dog yourself.  Suppressing the drives of a dog may seem like the answer on …

How to Build Intense Focus with Your Dog

How to Build Intense Focus with Your Dog

Robert Cabral Dog Training, Problem Solving 2 Comments

Let me start out by saying this was just an impromptu video that I shot in my house last week. I was working with Goofy and Maya on some new “core strength” exercises when I realized that I had never made a video on how to build focus with a dog using rewards delivered from my mouth. I also call …

It Means What It Means

It Means What it Means – Not What You Think it Means

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All too often people will analyze a dog’s behavior and draw conclusions from what they see.  Such as a dog that flinches when you go to pet his head must have been beaten, dogs that are afraid of men were probably abused by a man or dogs that are afraid of loud sounds were traumatized as puppies. As much as …

Eye Contact with Dogs

Too Cool to Train – Eye Contact with Our Dogs

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Among the most important things we should focus on in dog training is getting our dog to connect with us, that is best achieved when our dogs look into our eyes. Eye contact with dogs connects us on a basic level that can promote a healthy training bond as well as a good overall relationship.  Many dogs don’t ever look …

Socialize Your Dog

Socialize Your Dog

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Socialization is the way a dog sees the world, and in short – a dog needs proper socialization in order to thrive in a human world. A dog with good socialization sees the world as a fun and safe place. He sees people as friends and other dogs pose no threat to him. He is indifferent to sounds and things …

Dog Training Stella the Bulldog

Successful Dog Training

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Dog training involves thinking more about your dog than yourself.  This holds true whether you’re training your dog to sit, training a dog for obedience championships or training a dog for a complex task like protection or scent detection.  The most important thing to think about is, “How does your dog think?”  or “How can your dog best understand what you …

Taking Treats Gently

Training a Dog to Use a Soft Mouth

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One common problem that people get annoyed with is when dogs nip at their hands trying to get treats.  The most commonly perceived solution to this is to pull your hand away from the dog and say NO.  Then upon trying again, the dog repeats the same behavior.  It becomes frustrating for both you and your dog as the dog tries …