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.... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
Dogs and Memory

Dogs and Memory

  Often clients have difficulty embracing the proposition that showing leadership to our dogs and effectively communicating that we don’t want the dog to engage in unwanted behavior gets results very quickly, even if the dog has done the same unwanted thing... read more
Mutuality is a human concept, not a canine concept

Mutuality is a human concept, not a canine concept

One of the tougher challenges for any human is changing our habits.  Dogs quickly learn ways of getting predictable responses from us by seeking attention in ways we find flattering, fulfilling, or just cute. We never realize that they are testing us so that they can... read more
Treat your dog right

Treat your dog right

“If you treat your dog like a human, it will treat you like a dog”  Anonymous pundit One important concept that some dog owners don’t understand, is that dogs would rather cooperate with decisions that we make, than feel that they need to make decisions, let alone the... read more