Author: pplSeattle

Dog parks, friend or foe?

Dog parks, friend or foe? by The Pawsitive Packleader, Inc. Risks and courtesies to make the Dog Park a fun and safe environment. Dog parks appear to be a consistent source of controversy amongst dog owners and dog professionals.  Many professionals avoid the dog park like it was a dose of Parvovirus even though a trip to the park can be pure “doggie heaven” for your pooch.  The disappointing truth is that many factors can quickly add up to a damaging experience for the dogs instead of the fun canine social outlet that it should be.  The primary reason...

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Service Dog 2.0: the upgrade is here

Service Dog 2.0: the upgrade is here by The Pawsitive Packleader, Inc. Service Dog training in Seattle Seattle is progressive.  It is filled with creative individuals constantly pushing the boundaries of our knowledge and practices to find new paths. We have seen this in music, coffee, clothes, and even animals.  We have some of the most progressive animal shelters in the country for both wild animals and companion animals.  We have dog trainers generating new methods to utilize what science is discovering (see related articles: “Seattle gets a paw up in training” and “BAT girl: the superhero for reactive...

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Razor-fanged Puppies

Razor-fanged Puppies by The Pawsitive Packleader, Inc. Aqcuried Bite Inhibition (ABI) and Jaw Prudence in Dogs Anyone who has ever raised a puppy knows that these peeing, pooping, chewing, furry balls of uncontrollable cuteness come with some seriously sharp fangs.  However what most people don’t know is that they come with these razor teeth for the singular purpose of learning how hard to bite down on friends. Some of you may be adjusting the distance of your eyes to the screen and thinking, “Hang on… bite friends?!”  If you watch a group of puppies playing, you will see tons...

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

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 to do instead.  If your dog has the favorite activity of chewing on...

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Positive dog training: the biology of motivation

Almost everyone has heard of “positive dog training”, it’s that thing with the clicker.  But let me tell you why your dog will work harder and be happier with positive training methods than other traditional methods and styles. The brain is incredibly complex and involves millions of neurons transporting billions of molecules to and from numerous different regions that have immensely varying tasks.  In the interest of time and simplicity, I will explain the two main regions of the doggie brain responsible for motivation: the nucleus accumbens  (which is found in the midbrain) and the prefrontal cortex (the very...

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