Dogs have played with each other as probably as long as the species existed, but dog parks are a relatively new phenomenon. Dog parks are usually fenced in and can be great socialization locations but they also have a fair number of risks. Please watch this video before taking any dog to a dog park, particularly those who are most at risk - puppies, dogs with fear issues, and rescue dogs.
If your dog is destroying your house or looks 'depressed' it may be that you just don't have enough mental stimulation. Brain games are excellent for preventing separation anxiety, teaching dogs not to chew your furniture or other items, and just generally making your dog smarter and happier. Dogs and puppies are not natural freeloaders - they would rather work for their food than lie around all day doing nothing. This video has several practical ideas to solve behavior problems and help your dog have more fun!
Also watch: Rainy Day Dogs: How to Exercise Your Dog Indoors
Clicker training uses a marker to tell the animal that the behavior was correct and has earned a reinforcer. It's a way to say "YES, do that again!" But sometimes dogs, cats or other animals are afraid of the clicker sound. In this video, Grisha goes over ways to help pets get over their fear of the clicker - and how to train in the meantime.
Continue reading (Video 26) How to Fix a Dog’s Fear of the Clicker
When your dog barks at the doorbell or your cat hears the can opening and comes running into the kitchen, that's likely because of respondent learning, also known as "classical conditioning," a type of learning where one event is paired with another. You may be able to change your pet's association with the doorbell, for example, by using a "counterconditioning" process: consistently following the doorbell sound with treats. This video explains how to use this cool scientific principle for socialization and the rehabilitation of fear.
Continue reading (Video 30) Building Your Pet’s Confidence with Classical Conditioning
In this video, Grisha gives an overview of counterconditioning, "Behavior Adjustment Training," and "Treat and Retreat." These three useful techniques are used in different ways to rehabilitate fear of people, other dogs, surfaces, body contact, etc. These techniques are essential for professional dog trainers and pet owners alike.
We will go over counterconditioning and BAT in more depth in other member videos. Grisha also has full courses, books, and feature films about BAT in the Campus Store and a section on Classical Conditioning in the Ahimsa Manual.
Continue reading (Video 29) Scary Monsters! 3 Useful Ways to Reduce Your Pets’ Fear
Vet visits are the single most common terrifying experience for dogs and cats. Grisha gives several tips that you can use in your next visit and some that you'll need to train and practice first. Definitely watch this right away if you have a puppy, kitten, or other young animal.
Continue reading (Video 16) Vet Visit Stress Tips for Dogs
Dogs greeting on leash have more chance of aggression, fear, and other problems. Grisha will help you decide when your dog should greet another dog on leash and teach you how to manage greetings safely.
Continue reading (Video 15) How (and Whether) to Let Dogs Greet on Leash
Learning when your pet is saying "I like that" or "more please" is really fun! Understanding happy communication gives you a better bond with your animals and also helps you meet their needs.
Continue reading (Video 12) 10 Ways that Your Pet Says “I’m OK”
Did you know that a wagging tail does not necessarily mean your dog is happy? Animals often ask us to back off because they are scared. Unfortunately, humans miss most of the signals and our pets have to bark, hiss, growl, or even bite to finally get the message across.
Continue reading (Video 11) 10 Ways that Your Pet Says “I need space”
In this video, Grisha shares some useful tips to keep your dog quiet in class and other situations. These tips can be used for barking and whining in training classes but also at home or when you are having coffee with friends.
Continue reading (Video 05) Shhhh: 15 Ways to Keep Your Dog Quiet in Class
Without exercise, dogs can become destructive, bored, reactive, and physically unhealthy. Watch this video for solutions if you can't walk your dog because of injury, weather, aggression, vaccination status, etc. Continue reading (Video 42) Rainy Day Dogs: How to Exercise Your Dog Indoors
Tired of a barking dog? Socializing a puppy? If you want your dog to be calm around other dogs, you can help your dog practice being calm. In this 11-minute video, I explain Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT), which I developed to reduce aggression, frustration and fear in dogs and other animals.
Continue reading (Video 31) Quick Intro to BAT 2.0