The Practice of Patience

The Practice of Patience

To be calm, confident, and relaxed is a practice. There’s a reason it is called a practice: We must actually do the work. When something triggers us, we must stop and recognize what we are feeling. Then we can make the appropriate decision about how we should respond. Responding in any type of reactive way—anger, frustration, panic­—would be negative. You might get a response based on fear, but it will not be a respectful and trustworthy response.

Dogs respond and listen to calm confident …

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Phase Two: Addressing Anger and Anxiety

Phase Two: Addressing Anger and Anxiety

As we’ve talked about previously, positive energy is experienced through dogs as happiness and in humans as standing tall and being a leader. Negative energy, however, can turn even the sweetest owners and pets anxious, fearful, and even angry.

Think about how anger feels in your body. For me, it feels heavy, thick, and terrible. Like being stuck in mud. Maybe it makes your stomach upset, or you start to shake. It’s difficult to make rational decisions. It really just feels bad. …

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Phase One: Respect through Repetition

Phase One: Respect through Repetition

If you have a dog with a sharp temperament, he needs someone to set more limits with him. Soft personalities are more sensitive and engage in direction more easily. You should never be harsh, but you should be firm. Once you decide that you are going to require something or engage in an activity, be sure you follow through. But you must first have a vision of what you want in order for you to know where you are going, and you can’t …

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Becoming a Loving, Benevolent Dictator

Becoming a Loving, Benevolent Dictator

This week, we’re going to kick off our Mind. Body. Spirit. Dog. Summer Series. The goal of this series is to get you looking at and thinking about yourself and your relationship with your dog. What kind of relationship do you currently have? What kind of relationship do you have with yourself? Others? What kind of relationship would you like to have? I know, I know. It seems kind of silly. But, this kind of introspection can really help you with person-to-person relationships as well. …

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Laser Pointer Syndrome in Dogs

Laser Pointer Syndrome in Dogs

Laser pointers may initially seem like a great way to exercise your dog. Unfortunately, they can cause serious problems for their future. We’ve all seen the videos of dogs (and cats) chasing that elusive red dot. You may have even done it with your pup. And while we’re provided a few minutes of entertainment, they meet with an enormous amount of frustration. They can never be successful.

After playing like this, dogs can easily become obsessed over lights, reflections, and even shadows. This type …

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Should My Dog Sleep With Me?

Should My Dog Sleep With Me?

People ask me this question all the time. Or someone nervously confesses that their dog sleeps with them because they think it’s a terrible thing. At Dog Psychology 101 and U.S. Canine, we focus on pack behavior. So, let’s think about this from a pack perspective.

Do dogs sleep together? Of course they do. With that in mind though, there are some dogs that have possessive personality traits. If your dog is growling at you or challenging you over your bed or furniture, …

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Understanding Cage Rage

Understanding Cage Rage

Have you ever heard the term “cage rage”? Cage rage looks like an intense aggression problem. Dogs are naturally den animals. They should enjoy their crates and see them as a refuge to get away from it all some times. Cage rage is not an aggression problem at all, but it’s based on being anxious and fearful and not trusting the crate.

Some dogs have anxiety from the beginning. Crying, screaming, and yelling to get out of the crate on their first …

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Protective or Possessive?

Protective or Possessive?

Does your dog become aggressive to other dogs or other people when they come near you? Do you feel like your dog is protecting you? Most likely he is not. He is possessing you. In other words, he feels like he owns you. How can this be? Why would a dog feel this way? It’s all about his place in the pack and if he feels like he follows you or leads you.

The difference is the psychological intention of your dog. …

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Energy: The Silent Communication

Energy: The Silent Communication

What is energy? Some people understand this concept readily. Other people need a little help to understand it.

The best example I can give would be to ask if you have ever met someone or passed someone on the street that gave you the creeps? Did they have to say, “I’m creepy?” Probably not. So how did you know? You felt it. This is energy—an unspoken language that we all encompass.

Human beings gained language eons ago, but it dulled our …

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Human Psychology vs. Dog Psychology

Human Psychology vs. Dog Psychology

 

It all begins with miscommunication, or intention vs. perception. Humans and dogs speak separate languages. People are extremely verbal, while dogs are extremely nonverbal. Canine communication consists of eye contact, body language, and reading energy. Have you ever been in the presence of someone that gave you the creeps? You may not have even spoken to them but you feel something that makes you uncomfortable. That is energy. It is the feeling or vibration that you get from another. Humans gained language and storytelling eons …

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