To teach the sit: Why teach your dog to sit?

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Why teach your dog to sit?

In our opinion basic obedience is a must for all dogs. It builds confidence in your dog and opens a dialogue relationship between you and your dog. A dog that is taught to sit and ask for everything helps rule out many behaviors we humans perceive as undesirable. eg. jumping for attention, barking for things, jumping on guest, counter surfing just to name a few.
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Why did my dog do __________?

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Did you ever ask yourself, “Why did my dog do __________?”

Most of the time it is hard to separate facts from stories, for example many have a hypothetical theory on why a dog does something. So many people honestly believe what they perceive a dog to be thinking when they explain why a dog has done something in a certain situation. This is why scientific thinking is so important. Science is a way for us to weed out facts from stories when it comes to animal behavior.

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Antecedent Arrangements & Your Dog

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Antecedent Arrangements

The idea behind antecedent arrangements can make unwanted behaviors more difficult or even impossible for your dog while making wanted behaviors easier.  There are a few different steps you can take to alter your dogs’ behavior to better fit what you expect in a canine companion. You can train alternative behaviors that your dog can perform instead of any unwanted behaviors, change the environment to prevent unwanted behavior and motivate them for reliable results. [Read more…]


Mysteries of Dog Behavior Revealed: Handling Common Situations Correctly

Dogs don’t think like humans, they think like dogs. This should seem obvious, but nearly every single pet owner has made this mistake at least once before, and most still do. Dogs don’t think like humans because they are not humans.

Do Dogs Hold a Grudge?

Who hasn’t heard the ever popular phrase ‘I have to kennel my dog at night because he leaves a mess to get back at me’? Or maybe the ever popular ‘He scratched up my door because he is mad I left!’

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Two questions every owner should ask anyone caring for their dogs?

1. What happens in your care when a dog responds in the way you want him to?

Great things happen to a dog when he gets things right.
Fun, toys, food… Whatever the dog wants suddenly appears. Praise and reinforcers are always communicated when he does things right.

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Fun and Interesting Facts About Dogs

Fun and Interesting Facts About Dogs

Dogs are our best friends and here at Camp Ruff Ruff we don’t stop at learning behavior. There is always time to learn more about dogs. Did you know all these facts?

1.About 1/3 of the dogs that are surrendered to animal shelters are purebred dogs.

2.A person who hunts with a Beagle is known as a “Beagler.”

3.Seventy percent of people sign their dog’s name on their holiday cards. [Read more…]


Some of the Easiest Housebreaking Techniques for Your Dog or Puppy!

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 Housebreaking or potty training your pup is a must for harmonious living indoors with the family. Eliminating indoors just is not acceptable in human culture and it is up to you as your dog’s care giver to help him understand how to adapt to life in the home. Going potty in the correct place every time is the goal!

Dogs are creatures of habit, and are opportunist they do what works. Helping them do both is key. Set your dog or puppy up to succeed in housebreaking first by using the crate training method. Once your dog is comfortable in using the crate, you can bring that tool into the equation to help prevent indoor potty accidents. Help him create a habit out of going potty in the correct place by creating and sticking to a canine schedule. [Read more…]


Beginning Steps To Crate Train Your Canine

crate train dogA crate is a tool. You can transport your dog in one, he may wait in one while at the groomer’s and it’s useful in basic house training. Before you can begin to use it, however, your dog or puppy must first be trained to use the crate. He may sleep in it, wait in it for you to come home from work, and even have his meals in the crate. He won’t learn to use it on his own, and it’s up to you to help him learn to love the crate!

First Steps

Your dog or puppy must first be comfortable going into and staying in his crate before you can confine him to it for any length of time. Give him a few moments to check out the crate with the door open before you engage him in any training sessions. Once your dog has had the chance to investigate the crate on his own, toss a treat just inside the door. If you use a clicker during training, click when he retrieves the treat. Otherwise, give a “Yep!” or “Yes!” when he sticks his head in the crate to get the yummy treat. [Read more…]


Is a dog walking out in front a sign of a dominant dog?

dominant dogIs it a sign of a dominant dog?

TY for your honest participation and answer. When looking at behavior all professionals will look to science for the best answer as of today. What I would suggest is asking how would this make the dog boss? Did someone ask the dog: “Hey why you walking in front” “me boss”….

Joking aside but it is the truth nobody will ever know what a dog is thinking! We as humans are in a cultural fog thinking that dogs are trying to rule over us humans. Which will always come to the one term/label and that will be dominance or alpha!

To keep this short dominance is used in the wrong context by many humans and some professionals.

No scientific proof of a dog walking in front means they think they are boss!

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There are two types of behaviors: respondent and operant

dog eyesRespondent (another name is classical conditioning) and Operant which roughly corresponds to involuntary/innate behavior vs voluntary/learned behavior.

Respondent Behavior include simple reflexes such as Jumping to a loud noise ie. startle reflex. There is also an element of respondent behavior in certain inherited species typical behavior sequences called MODAL ACTION PATTERNS “used to be referred to as Fixed Action Patterns” eg. nest building onset by seasonal changes. (science proved these behaviors change once they hit the environment).

To be automatically elicited , respondent behaviors depend on particular events that occur immediately before a behavior, namely antecedent triggers. This respondent behaviors are described as stimulus – response S-R relations. Another way to refer to this response is a CER – conditioned emotional response

Operant Behaviors: Depend on consequences. Particular events that immediately follow a behavior.

R-S response – stimulus   (ask dog to sit- dog sits and gets reinforced by handler)

Respondent behavior”reflexes” is unaffected by consequences.