Pixie’s Lessons in Leadership

Pixie’s Lessons in Leadership

By Peter Levy. Dog Behavioral Therapist and Master Dog Trainer TLC In-Home Dog Training A young pup taught me why having outsiders train one’s dogs often fails. If humans living with the dog fail to demonstrate leadership, the training often falls on deaf ears....
How Dog’s Learn, How Dog’s Teach

How Dog’s Learn, How Dog’s Teach

Dogs learn by trial and error and association. They repeat any behavior that receives positive reinforcement. They teach us by seizing on any positive (from their perspective) response we show to their behavior. When Jocko first showed signs of the progressive...
A Dog’s Unfortunate Association

A Dog’s Unfortunate Association

Dogs learn in two ways: by trial and error, and by association. I recently saw the speed and power of the associative process in a fashion I would happily have avoided. Learning by association means making connections between events; perhaps the sound of a large truck...
Wisdom from a rescue professional

Wisdom from a rescue professional

Recently, I visited a behaviorist at the local chapter of the Humane Society. “If local zoning allowed us to fly a banner from the top of our building” she told me in an exasperated tone,” it would read ‘you can’t delegate the repair of behavioral problems...
Bring Your Dog to Work

Bring Your Dog to Work

Tips for Bringing Your Dog to Your Workplace More and more workplaces permit their dog-owning employees to make every day “take your dog to work day.” If you are one of these lucky people, strive from the outset to promote acceptance and harmony between your dog and...
Fifi Has a Home for Life!

Fifi Has a Home for Life!

Recently I wrote about “Fifi” and my client’s challenges in potty training this dog. When I checked in with her last week, she shared a story that sounds as if it came straight out of a Lassie episode. Fifi’s behavior has nothing to do with training and everything to...