Author Archives: Diane Garrod

Can you FIX my dog?

When clients contact me, they often ask, “Can you fix my dog?” It has become something I smile about now, but nonetheless a pet peeve.  There’s nothing wrong with the word itself, but let’s take a look at it applied … Continue reading

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Do Animals Grieve?

“There is a cycle of love and death that shapes the lives of those who choose to travel in the company of animals. It is a cycle unlike any other. To those who have never lived through its turnings and … Continue reading

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Ten Ways To Use Problem-Solving Games in Behavior Modification

Mental, intelligence games and problem solving activities can be used in a behavior modification program.  We use games in environmental enrichment, but why couldn’t we use them, like we use toys in behavior modification? How would you do that, you … Continue reading

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Growl versus Scowl

Growling is often punished. If we understand that growling is communication and that there are many different types of growls, then we would respond as if a human was scowling at us.  or  Scowling says a lot without sound. Imagine … Continue reading

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DOWN WITH DOMINANCE

When was the last time you heard “my dog is dominant” or “my dog is trying to be dominant with (fill in the blank)” or “my dog doesn’t see me as the dominant one”? Dominance in dogs is scientifically proven … Continue reading

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Why Prong Is Wrong – Physically and Psychologically

A man’s best friend deserves better Prong collars are used to decrease behavior and involve waiting for the dog to do something wrong, like pulling, and then jerking the dog. Used “correctly” they ride high up on the neck. Starting … Continue reading

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Corrections. Paradigm Shift?

Let’s face it, humans are “trained” to correct other humans. We correct our spouses, our children, our co-workers and so it isn’t a stretch that this thinking spills over into dog training. We wait for something to go wrong or … Continue reading

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