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Treat Training

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I’m perplexed at the amount of trainers I see polarized in their approach to dog training: either all compulsion based or all reward based, also known as treat training.  I saw a post the other day on facebook by a trainer who boasted of how he was able to get a few dogs, that had aggression issues, to sit together.  …

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The Dog Training Diet Syndrome

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I am often perplexed by people who take their dog training just about as serious as their New Years Diet. That is, they do it for a while and then let it go. In this situation everyone suffers: the people, the dog, the people who come into contact with the dog, the dogs that come into contact with the dog …

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Dog’s Behaviors Don’t Fix Themselves

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Dogs are creatures of survival. They find what works and they keep doing it. Their behaviors don’t change, they simply adapt. If they are heading in a direction of aggression, they will continue in that direction until it stops working. Dogs are masters of opportunity and will use this skill to push any behaviors that are not put into check. …

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Dog Training Starts with a Relationship

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I encounter many clients who have dogs that are trained, yet the people can not get the dog to do that which the dog has been trained to do. There are several reasons for this. Among the biggest hurdles that people face is that if they didn’t train the dog themselves they will have a harder time with the dog. …

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Fear Biters

In Behavior, Dog Aggression, Problem Solvingby Robert CabralLeave a Comment

Fear Biters are most commonly smaller dogs, as was the case with the dog I met just the other day, I was introduced to an adorable little dog that had the habit of biting visitors.  Upon first meeting this little firecracker, who is close to 13 years old, I observed a cute little guy that stood in a corner and …

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Absolute Alpha Dog

In Behavior, Problem Solvingby Robert Cabral2 Comments

Absolute Alpha is a term that I use to define the “true way” to lead. In the event that you are not aware of the basic concept of Black Belt Dog Training (even after reading the name)… the philosophy stems from my background in traditional martial arts. If you understand the ways of the traditional martial arts, you must embrace …

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Aggressive Dogs vs. Aggressive Behavior

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I’m sure I’ll be addressing this issue again and again, as I have so many times in the past. Countless times I’ve been asked to evaluate a dog that has been labelled “aggressive” that actually just exhibited some aggressive behavior. So.. what’s the difference? Simple, If I upset you, slap you, taunt you or annoy you, you might act aggressive, …