Welcome to Week 48!
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Has your dog suddenly started acting differently? Having accidents in the house? Guarding her toys? Fighting with your other dog? Not wanting to be petted or picked up? Does her behavior make you think that she has become aggressive or has willfully decided that the carpet is a much better place to relieve herself than the lawn? These behavior changes may not be a training issue! Read more in this week's Training For Success column, "Sudden Behavior Changes May Not Be a Training Issue."
There are two sides to every behavior; the one you want and the one you don't want. When using correction or punishment-based techniques, "learned helplessness" is a frequent result of the correction. "Learned helplessness" is a term in both human and animal psychology describing a complex behavior that stems from a dog (in this article) learning that all attempts at escaping correction or punishment are futile, so rather than do something the dog does nothing. And we think because the dog has done nothing, that the dog has actually learned what we wanted because of the correction. Wrong! Learn more in this week's Understanding Your Pet, "Learned Helplessness – A False Sense of Security."
Does your dog slip on your deck to get outdoors? When there's a nip in the air, and frost on the deck, do you slide across your deck and stop yourself from falling by grabbing the railing? Not only is this potentially dangerous for you to slip and fall, but your dog can also slide herself right into a sprained toe or broken leg. We've got helpful suggestions in this week's Perfect Pet column, "Slippery Deck? It May Spell Danger for You and Your Dog!"
Doesn't your dog look cute when she crosses her paws? Teach her how to do this when you ask her to do so! The instructions are in this week's Kids & Pets, "Teach Your Dog to Cross Her Paws."
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