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Years ago, we added a new canine member to our family who was 22 mos. While she appeared to be a gentle soul, she was never been taught to be gentle with her teeth (called bite inhibition or control), especially…
Read Part 1 Here Resource Guarding Appears "Out of the Blue" Even among carefully selected and raised service dogs, resource guarding may appear in a dog that has never previously demonstrated it. If the resource guarding behavior is 'appearing out…
The first time your service dog growls at you when you try to take something away from him, you feel shocked and affronted. Your first impulse may be to strike out. "But this is my SERVICE DOG! He should be…
When first starting out with your service dog candidate (whether puppy or "new to you" dog), it can be fun to teach new behaviors and tricks! Learning how to learn is an important part of a service dogs skills. You…
Marking in dogs is defined as when the dog lifts his leg on objects or people and leaves behind a small amount of urine. Marking is thought to be related to marking a territory. The dog leaves his scent to…
Service Dogs in Training are dogs first. Their behavior tends to be more closely scrutinized as they will be working in public where other people will be exposed to and judge the dog's behavior. As a result owner trainers may…
Have you ever noticed that when you get on the phone or a web chat tat your dog suddenly needs all your attention? He might come over to you to ask for attention, crawl n your lap, or maybe whine…
Here is a link to 20 years of research that looks at why specific-bred guide dogs are removed or "washed" from work. This is important to look at as more and more people are owner-training dogs they have chosen as…