Author: pplSeattle

What your dog food manufacturer doesn’t want you to know

by Prescott Breeden What are we being sold when we buy a bag of commercial pet food? Whenever I walk into a behavior consultation with a client, one of the many things that I have to examine is the dog’s diet.  While dog food manufacturers would love to have you believe that their kibble (dry dog and cat food) is just what the pooch ordered, the unfortunate fact is that while kibble is relatively inexpensive, it is also the root of many behavioral and health problems.  Even with local stores in Seattle such as All the Best Pet Care...

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BAT girl: the superhero for reactive dogs around the world

by The Pawsitive Packleader, Inc. Reactive and Fear based Behaviors in Dogs Many dogs suffer from a behavioral problem called ‘reactivity’ which manifests itself in the form of aggression, anxiety, and/or stress.  Often this will occur when the dog is being walked on the leash but can also be seen in other settings such as when placed behind a barrier.  Thanks to Grisha Stewart, local Seattleite and owner of Ahimsa Dog Training, dogs have a new tool called Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) that is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most advanced and sophisticated techniques for modifying reactive...

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Are prong collars, choke chains and shock collars humane?

by Prescott Breeden The morality of teaching and using pain-based methods in Dog in training The use of prong collars, choke chains, and shock collars (e-collars) on dogs is a very inflammatory issue.  While stores are selling fewer and fewer of these tools it seems everytime I go to a street fair or dog park these tools are equipped on about half the dogs I see.  It would be much simpler if dogs could just talk to us and tell us how they feel with these devices.  Since they cannot, humans are left with their favorite contingency plan: get...

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Breed-specific legislation: a look at the evidence

Breed-specific legislation: a look at the evidence by Prescott Breeden Anti-pitbull, anti-rottweiler, anti-doberman (etc.) legislation in dog politics. The heated debate over Breed-specific Legislation (BSL) carries a lot of emotion for many people.  Some are those who have suffered the terrifying experience of a dog attack while others are dealing with the hurtful discrimination of their loving furry family members.  Pit bulls who are service dogs for the disabled, therapy dogs, and loving family dogs that have never harmed anyone are being seized from homes and killed just because of legislation that targets what a dog looks like, not...

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Don’t chew on my Jimmy Choos!: Dog Drives

Don’t chew on my Jimmy Choos! by Prescott Breeden Drive Behavior in Dogs When it comes to the lives of our dogs, perhaps the most crucial concept to understand is their need for activity.  While working with a client on a problematic behavior, I first have to ask, “What do you want your dog to do instead?”  Quite often the reply is, “I just don’t want them to do ‘that’.”  This invites what my mentor refers to as “dead dog syndrome.”  Dogs have to do something, and even if they cannot do their chosen behavior, they must have something...

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