Dog's Eye View columns

This weekly column about dog training publishes on Fridays in the Steamboat Today.

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Dog's Eye View: He's just being stubborn

Think about the times you may have called your dog to come, and he hesitated. He may have stood still and looked at you, and you thought he was being stubborn. My question is, “How did you teach your dog to do that?”

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Dog’s Eye View: I’m melting, I’m melting!

Hot cars or trucks can create a coffin for someone left inside. We hear about these devastating cases throughout the year. For some of us, leaving our dog at home is either not an option, or we are taking a road trip for adventures with our canine buddy.

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Dog’s Eye View: Flash, boom — It’s that time of year

You may have a dog that suffers from thunderstorm phobia or know someone whose dog does. This is a very upsetting problem for owners and dogs and can cause serious injury to some dogs. Following is information veterinarians, researchers, behavior professionals and lay people have found that may be of help.

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Dog’s Eye View: Command versus cue

To me, the word “command” carries the intention of a demand to receive one’s due or have the power to dominate, among other things. The word “cue” is a signal or prompt to begin a specific action.

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Dog's Eye View: Entree or ala carte?

Often, when I’m called in for consultations and training for the family dog, there are multiple topics to be addressed. In goal-setting for a positive outcome, we have to prioritize these behavioral issues and training challenges in order to create a plan for success.

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Dog’s Eye View: Management comes first

Something that always comes up when dog owners ask for help with any kind of unwanted behavior is the question of who has to change the most — their dog or themselves?

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Dog’s Eye View: Can you dig It?

Why do dogs dig? There are several really good reasons.

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Dog's Eye View: Consistency, clarity count

I had asked some visiting nieces to tell me about their dog, Buddy. They all agreed they loved him very much but that he was stubborn and not too smart.

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Dog’s Eye View: To whom are you speaking?

It might be surprising to you many dogs have never been taught what it means when you say their name. We use so many different word sounds and clapping sounds in addition to what their “official” name is, it’s a wonder they really know their name at all.

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Dog's Eye View: Recipe has not changed

I’ve written and published more than once on this topic, and hopefully, this awareness is beginning to grow. The snow is melting in our parks and on our trails, creating a horrible, unsightly feces soup. All that snow drains into our beautiful Yampa River or soaks into the soil along walking paths and in our parks.

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Dog' Eye View: More feedback

In my experience, a wrong response is usually based on lack of understanding or lack of practice with positive and timely feedback.

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Dog’s Eye View: Feedback an important part of training

In family dog class and puppy class, one of the first things we teach is the importance of giving plenty of feedback to our canine buddies in the form of tasty treats delivered immediately after a behavior such as “sit” is accomplished.

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Dog’s Eye View: Best friends — loss and grief

The stages of grief are very distinct, regardless of whether it’s the loss of a person, a pet or possibly a catastrophic business loss.

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Dog’s Eye View: Stranger Danger! Understanding more about reactive or fearful dogs

The title above implies something we often mistakenly do when meeting dogs. We invade their space.

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Dog's Eye View: Just say 'no'

Just as you don’t feel comfortable with strangers getting in your face, teach your dog to show the same courtesy toward others.

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