Sometimes, things don’t go the way you planned. Inspired by the Muzzle Awareness Week post at Two Blockheads, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about and show you this week: using non-muzzle, easily available household objects to begin this process of desensitizing and counter-conditioning your dog to wear a muzzle. Why Would Nala … More Can’t Touch This: Positive Pet Training Blog Hop
A while ago, a post on one of my favorite blogs motivated me to write more on something I’ve been wanting to write on for a long time–choice, and how offering Nala the opportunity to make choices has increased her confidence and comfort out in the world. In fact, offering Nala choices has caused a lot … More Choice isn’t a reinforcer. So why is the behavior increasing?
Last week, I talked about how Nala’s sweetness, smartness, and sensitivity is a blessing and a curse. It’s easy to be glad that she’s so sensitive when Nala is sympathetically cuddling me when I have a migraine. It’s harder when I’m worrying that adding a collar grab to her recall will poison the cue because she’s so … More Sensitive Dogs II: Games for Body Pressure
Isn’t her poofy little bustle cute? A bit of a weird walk this morning. It’s Garbage Day, and garbage trucks are still very firmly on Nala’s list of Scary Things. That meant that instead of walking on our usual streets, Nala asked to go further away from the garbage truck and walk down a (somewhat … More Kerfuffle: (almost) Wordless Wednesday
In yesterday’s post, I casually mentioned that while Nala is a fairly agreeable and resilient creature, she’s also a little bit of a weirdo. Yes: Nala is afraid of rocks. Let’s look at that picture again: In real life, she was also occasionally startling back from it before going in again. But even if she … More body language study: worry over a novel object