Category Archives: Behavior Information

Articles and Links… Dog Behavior

Renee PremazaPhone: 609-280-9338Email: jerseydogtrainer@gmail.com

Games to Play to keep dogs mentally exercised and happy

Renee and Karen provide instructions on how to play wonderful and entertaining games with dogs that help provide mentally stimulating activities.  Games like these keep dogs from becoming bored.  They also prevent behaviors like barking, destroying personal effects, stealing and other inappropriate and problematic behaviors.

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Protocol to help hyper, overly-energetic and nervous dogs to RELAX!

Renee & Karen talk to New Hampshire trainer, Jessica Janowski about a pre-relaxation protocol she’s created to teach dogs how to calm down. If you have a dog who never seems to tire no matter how much exercise you’re providing, or if you have a dog who becomes out of control, or paces around your house and can’t seem to sit still, this show is for YOU!

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Our dog’s health is very much affected when we put them in boarding kennels.

Renee and Karen interview Dr. Arthur Young, a homeopathic veterinarian from Mt. Laurel, NJ.  Dr. Young goes into great detail about both the physical and emotional stress that our dogs experience whenever they’re put into a boarding kennel.  Pet parents really need to listen to this very informative program because it is so relative to their dog’s health and well-being!  Dr. Young can be contacted through his website at: http://www.homeopathyanimals.com/

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Canine Body Language and the Definition of “Dominance”

Renee and Karen were honored to interview Dr. Roger Abrantes this morning. Dr. Abrantes is a well-known expert on why animals do what they do. He shared lots of information about what body language cues our dogs offer to each other and to us to express themselves and their emotions.  Dr Abrantes also offered his definition of “Dominance” and whether our dogs are really trying to take over our households!  You might want to purchase his books, “Dog Language – An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior,” as well as “The Evolution of Canine Social Behavior.”  Both books are available at: www.dogwise.com and www.amazon.com

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Irresponsible Owners of Pit Bulls

Renee and Karen talk about an unfortunate incident that happened in North Philadelphia this week. A woman was killed by the 5 Pit Bulls who lived with the family. These dogs were known to run the streets and have attacked the neighbors, biting people very severely.  They talked to a caller about responsible ownership, especially of this breed because they are so maligned in the media.  Karen also answered an email from an owner of a Pit Bull who wanted to breed her very protective Pit Bull.  Karen’s response to the emailer was Excellent!

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Renee and Karen answer emails from listeners on a variety of issues

Karen and Renee answer emails today.  Subjects ranged from developmental stages known as fear periods, the pros and cons of taking young dogs to dog parks, how to react to growling dogs, and recommended food bowl exercises for both puppies and a newly rescued dog who is showing some resource guarding issues around his food bowl.  Excellent show!

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Does Playing Tug of War Cause Dogs to Become Aggressive?

Karen and Renee talk about the benefits of playing Tug with dogs.  But…the game must be played by the rules!  Listen today to find out what those rules are and how to easily implement them.  Karen and Renee also took a call from a listener whose 2 year old female Golden Retriever is pulling on the leash during her walks.  She got some great suggestions from Renee and Karen and she was happy now to put those suggestions into practice. Listen to the show if your own dog is pulling.

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Reactive (vs. aggressive) dogs

Dr. Patricia McConnell, well known Applied Animal Behaviorist and author, visited The Doghouse this morning.  She talked about dogs who are reactive when they see other dogs but who don’t actually bite them.  She defined the difference between “reactive” vs. “aggressive.”  Dr. McConnell has a brand new book out that she co-authored with Dr. Karen London, called “Love Has No Age Limit; Welcoming an Adopted Dog Into Your Home.”  Be sure to visit Dr. McConnell’s website at http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/ to order her book and to see what other great information she has to offer.  Today’s show was a ***** program!

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Keeping Dogs Calm and Stress-Free at the Vet’s Office

Renee and Karen interview Dr. Sally Foote, a veterinarian who has invented a record-keeping system that helps pets remain calm, happy and stress-free when they are visiting with their vets.  Dr. Foote also discusses an effective product called Dog Appeasing Pheromones which is a natural product that helps dogs feel calm.  She also mentions a similar product for cats called Feliway.  Hopefully, her patented system will catch on with all veterinarians who could help their own patients feel less fearful when having vet exams.  For more information about Dr. Foote’s system, go to www.drsallyjfoote.com/.   Renee and Karen also answered a question from a caller, Richard, who wanted to learn more about why dogs eat their own poop, and how to resolve this behavior problem.

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CAT behaviors and medical issues

Renee broadcasts live today with Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist from Tufts/Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Their discussion focused on CAT behaviors and medical issues today. If you live with a cat or you know people who do, this show was extremely informative. Some of the points Dr. Dodman makes in today’s show were actually shocking!

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Testing dogs of all breeds on various aspects of temperament

Renee interviews Carl Herkstroeter, President of the American Temperament Test Society, Inc. His organization specializes in testing dogs of all breeds on various aspects of temperament. The ATTS has tested over 180 breeds and the description and results of these tests are on their website: http://www.atts.org/testdesc.html

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