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Word of The Day: Sensitize

Sensitize: To become more sensitive, alert, fearful or reactive to a specific situation through repeated exposures. For example, a noise may initially cause a dog to startle, but after hearing the…

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Why Is My Dog Over-bonded to Me?

Solving Your Dog's Separation Anxiety Why Does My Dog Have Separation Anxiety? When a dog over-bonds to a person it is a multifaceted issue. Most over bonding issues start in…

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Word of the Day: Punishment

Punishment: Use of aversive stimuli to decrease or change a behavior. Punishment has a variety of negative consequences. Frequent use of punishment may lead the dog to fear his handler. Other…

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Word of the Day: Habituate

Habituate: To become accustomed to a specific situation through repeated exposures. A dog may alert at a noise, for instance, but after hearing the noise repeatedly, he may become indifferent to…

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Word of the Day: Appeasement Gestures

Appeasement gestures: Behaviors a dog uses to ask for space or to present himself as nonthreatening. Appeasement gestures may include scratching, yawning, licking lips, play bows, turning head or body away, sniffing…

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