Tawzer Dog | Real Solutions to Canine Behavior Problems

Real Solutions to Canine Behavior Problems

Video Description:


  • Basic Behavior Foundation.
  • The Medical Connection to Behavior.
  • Pharmaceutical Intervention.

Discussion & Solutions for Selected Problems

  • Barking: Types; Use of Positive Interrupt; Redirecting; Teaching “Quiet Please".
  • Digging: Management; Reinforcing the "Dig Box"; Teaching "Go Dig".
  • Jumping up: Removing all reinforcements; reinforcing alternatives.
  • Hard Mouth: Teaching bite inhibition, managing hard mouth behavior.
  • Escaping: Management techniques.
  • Leash Pulling/Leash Grabbing: Variable click & treat to focus on handler not environment; short intense play time to defuse excess energy.
  • Housetraining: Dealing with not-normal house soiling behaviors
  • Predatory Behavior: counter conditioning to modify "fun-chase" association; teach operant response to interrupt chase, use of Premack.
  • Crating Woes: Modifying fear of crates, inappropriate use of crates, crate-soiling.
  • Canine Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD's): Causes and types of OCD's; Modification programs; Pharmaceutical intervention.
  • Fears, Anxieties, Phobias: Diagnoses, prevention, desensitization & counter conditioning, operant conditioning.

Overview of Aggression; Modification Choices

  • Operant/Classical.
  • CAT (Constructional Aggression Treatment).
  • CC&D (Counter Conditioning & Desensitization).
  • BAT (Behavior Adjustment Training).

Role of Stress in Aggressive Behaviors; Strategies for Stressors:

  • Eliminate.
  • Medical Evaluation.
  • Prevent exposure.
  • Counter conditioning/operant conditioning.

Classifications of Aggression Behaviors & Modification / Management Options:

  • Fear Based: scrupulous management of environment for dog's security during modification / perhaps always.
  • Idiopathic: ("rage"--unknown origin): rare and rarely treatable.
  • Interdog: Based on social hierarchies; teaching operant response to cues for deference; classical conditioning re: good things happen with other dogs.
  • Maternal: Pups can learn by observing mother's aggressions.
  • Play: From rough-housing with dogs or humans; close supervision; when to interrupt escalation; matching of play styles.

Possession: Manage environment; remove all triggers; 10 point multi-week exercises for food and all desirables-the "Trade Game".

Presentation by: Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

Copyright © 2012, Tawzer Dog LLC

Presenter Bio:

Pat Miller, author of The Power of Positive Dog Training (2001), Positive Perspectives (2003), Positive Perspectives 2 (2008), Play With Your Dog (2008), and Do Over Dogs (2010), has been training dogs for more than 30 years.  She has trained a variety of breeds and mixed breeds (her own dogs) including Rough Collies, a Bloodhound, Australian Kelpie, Bull Terrier, Irish Setter, St. Bernard, Scottish Terrier, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Australian Shepherd, and a Springer Spaniel, and competed successfully with many of them in the obedience and Rally rings, most recently with her Pomeranian, Dusty, and mixed-breed Terrier, Josie.  She also trained her Australian Kelpie to herd sheep and ducks (or more correctly, Keli taught Pat to herd).  Keli was Miller’s Canine Field Agent, riding with her on patrol during the years she was an Animal Services Officer in California.

Miller worked for 20 years at the Marin Humane Society in Novato, California, during which time she collaborated with Trish King to create the country’s first “Color Coding” system for shelter dogs and volunteers.  This system was successful in reducing behavior problems in shelter dogs (with a corresponding reduction in euthanasia) by identifying difficult to handle dogs and matching them with more experienced and capable volunteer handlers.  This program went hand-in-paw with Marin’s “Good Manners Class,” a weekly class attended by staff and volunteers with shelter dogs.

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This video qualifies for 5 trainer CEUs and 9.0 behavior consultant CEUs