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It Makes No Sense to Punish a Fearful Dog

Dr. Ilana Reisner argues that the use of positive punishment to treat fearful behavior is problematic and recommends differential (positive) reinforcement based methods instead. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201412/it-makes-no-sense-punish-fearful-dog

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Like Real-estate, Feline House Soiling Is All About Location

Dr. Horwitz relates a brief behavioral history and her treatment recommendations for Princess, a cat who was brought in for house soiling. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201411/real-estate-feline-house-soiling-is-all-about-location

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The Dominance Down

Dr. Radosta discusses the problematic “dominance down” – the forced down position mistakenly used by some owners (and recommended by some trainers!) for achieving dominance over one’s dog. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201411/the-dominance-down

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Do your dog’s rights begin where my child’s rights end?

In this blog post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Lisa Radosta presents her opinion on using children in a dog’s training or counterconditioning program. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201411/do-your-dog-s-rights-begin-where-my-child-s-rights-end

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Help! Max Won’t Let Me Sleep at Night

In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Carter discusses some of the behavioral changes associated with Canine cognitive dysfunction in senior dogs. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201410/help-max-won-t-let-me-sleep-night

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Book Review: Animal Madness

Animal Madness Book Review Author Laurel Braitman has a fresh perspective on animal psychology. Her PhD work is in History of Science and she provides interesting historical context for the early days of mental illness diagnoses in animals, and the development of modern-day psychopharmacology. She gets her

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Lapse It app review

Videotaping is a great way to identify if a patient is responding to treatment, especially with separation anxiety and storm/noise phobias. Unfortunately many people do not have a video camera or the ability to convert the video to send to their veterinarian. There is an inexpensive application

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​Barking Mad! “How do I stop my dog from barking?”

In this blog post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, some suggestions are provided for decreasing problematic barking. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201410/barking-mad-how-do-i-stop-my-dog-barking

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What You Teach Your Dog May Be Less Important Than How

In this blog post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Carlo Siracusa reviews information presented in a puppy class learning overview. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201409/what-you-teach-your-dog-may-be-less-important-how

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Meet Elmo: The Dog Who Could Not Stop Biting The Walls!

In this blog post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Emily Levine reviews a case of a dog eating walls in the home. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201409/meet-elmo-the-dog-who-could-not-stop-biting-the-walls-0

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