Example of “Watch” with Willie
Willie loves a good game of tug as positive reinforcement for
checking in with Trisha.
How to Stop an Approaching Dog in an Emergency
Most of us have unfortunately been in a situation where an uncontrolled,
off-leash dog is headed straight for us. This method won’t work for every
situation, but it gives you a chance to get away in many cases. For more
information on getting an approaching dog to stop, check out this blog.
The Evolution of Play–A Case Study with Skip and Maggie February 2021
I’m Little And Adorable. Don’t Make Me Bite You. September 2020
Keep Walking! (When Introducing New Dogs) June 2020
Take a Bow for Teaching a Play Bow September 2019
Aggression, Fear and Gut Health. . . Joined at the Hip? May 2019
Help for “Reactive” Dogs March 2018
How to Handle Reactive Dogs March 2017
Dogs and Psychological Trauma February 2017
Great Photo of “Hard Eye,” & What to Do When You See It January 2017
Tired Dog? Good. Overtired Dog?…Not so Good. October 2016
First look at my memoir: The Eduction of Will October 2016
Can Fake Dogs Helps Real Dogs? April 2015
Canine Aggression Case Study October 2014
Is “Territorial Aggression” a Useful Term? June 2014
Serious Dog Fighting: Questions to Ask if Considering “What Next?” September 2013
Confrontational Techniques Elicit Aggression May 2013
Preventing Dog Bites May 2012
Treatment Plans for Behavioral Regressions Part I, Part II December 2011
Anger & Anger Management December 2011
How to Stop an Approaching Dog in an Emergency September 2011
“Blocking Boards” as a Tool in Aggression Cases August 2011
Case Study in Dog-Dog Reactivity – Hailey July 2011
Case Study in Dog-Dog Reactivity – Ceilidh July 2011
Article on Dog-Dog Aggression July 2010
Please Believe Me! Trouble is Brewing! Part I, Part II November 2009
Dog-Dog Aggression, Puppies and “Intensive Sniffing” November 2009
Dog-Dog Reactivity – The Basics September 2009
Dog-Dog Reactivity – Treatment Summary September 2009
Feisty Fido, Second Edition July 2009
Feisty Fido, Prompts and Lures in Dog Training June 2009
Dog-Dog “Aggression” December 2008
Aggression, Is it in the Breeding?
Action or Angst? Guilt is a lousy treatment plan for behavioral problems
A Peaceful Walk in the Park: Strategies for defusing tense encounters while walking a dog-reactive dog
Not Tonight, I Have a Paw Ache: That suddenly cranky pup could be suffering from undiagnosed pain
Here’s the good news: It’s fun to train your dog! Here’s the bad news: You have to learn how. More good news: It’s not hard to learn. . . and this is a great place to get started.
If you’re interested in canine cognition, communication, social systems & nutrition (plus a host of other topics!), look here to start seeing your dog in an entirely new light!
Here’s help for dogs of every description, from cautious canines to feisty fidos. Click below for videos, articles, books and DVDs that will help you help your dog.
Links to other great websites & information on becoming a professional trainer or behaviorist, questions for your veterinarian, and everything in between!
"The Education of Will delves deep into the minds of people and dogs, and into the effects of trauma, showing that healing is possible. McConnell gives a voice to those who can’t speak in words and provides hope for fearful animals everywhere."
—Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation.