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
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
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
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
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
In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Emily Levine offers some guidelines for proper socialization. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201409/socialization-when-do-it-and-when-not-do-it
Dr. Haug provides a brief overview of positive reinforcement and some common misconceptions about its use in the dog training community. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201409/the-truth-about-positive-reinforcement
In this blog post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Karen Overall discusses the prenatal and perinatal variables that can influence dog behavior, using her own dog as a case example. Read this post here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201408/the-lovely-missy-rose-diaries-part-3 To read Parts 1 and 2 of this series, see the AVSAB...
The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, in collaboration with Psychology Today, presents a new blog series called Decoding Your Pet. In their first two blog posts (both linked below), veterinary behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall describes the history of her own dog Missy Rose and some strategies she has employed...
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