Communication Between People and Dogs


Willie Learns Object Names
Does your dog know the difference when you ask for a ball or a
frisbee? Watch as Willie starts to put it all together. Read more
about how to teach your own dog!


Teaching Stay with Body Blocks & Positive Reinforcement
Having trouble teaching your dog to stay through distractions?
Watch this video for a few tips, and then check out this blog
for more information.


Teaching “Enough”
We love our dogs, but it’s okay to not always want to interact with
them. Here is a clip teaching you how to effectively show your dog
that “enough is enough.” For the rest of the video, look for the
Feeling Outnumbered? DVD below.



Celebrating Labor Day (by Doing Little Labor) September 2023

Asking versus Telling Our Dogs August 2023

Thanks, But That’s Enough! (How to Discourage Relentless Attention Seekers) November 2022

Could We Ever Read Dogs as Well as They Read Us? September 2022

Camera Lenses, and Other Threats to a Dog’s Safety August 2022

How to Apologize to a Dog–Or Can We? July 2022

What are Your Dog’s Nicknames, and Why? April 2022

Dog Bite Prevention Week (Month? Year?) April 2022

“Dogs Never Lie About . . . ” Or maybe they do? August 2021

Got Dogs? (As in, More Than One?) August 2021

Talking to Other Dog Owners–Tread Carefully July 2021

The Power of Silence. Or, More on Less is More. May 2021

Teaching the “Emergency Stop” (or “Flying Lie Down”) March 2021

Things We Do To Confuse Dogs January 2021

Pets on Zoom: I say More, not Less! December 2020

Unwanted Advances–The Human Kind December 2020

Maggie! Chester! Princess! (Now That We Have Your Attention, Please Read Our Minds) October 2020

I’m Little And Adorable. Don’t Make Me Bite You. September 2020

Why Aren’t Dogs Bothered More By Masks? August 2020

Preventing Separation Anxiety in the Time of Covid April 2020

Nothing to Yawn About–Yawning as a Sign of Empathy February 2020

Whale Eye. Nothing to Do with Whales. December 2019

The Eyes Have It September 2019

Take a Bow for Teaching a Play Bow September 2019

It’s All About the Outline: Dogs, Statues, and Dangerous Hats July 2019

Now What is He Telling Us? June 2019

What is This Dog Telling Us? June 2019

Why Do We Love Dogs So Much? So, So Much? May 2019

Oh Those Scary Camera Lenses October 2018

Paying Attention: City Dogs Versus Country Cousins January 2016

What Makes Your Dog Happy? December 2015

Subliminal  October 2014

Three Ways to Confuse a New Dog  June 2014

Applied Ethology: Translations and Mis-Translations  February 2014

Kiss to Dismiss?  January 2014

Why Doggie, What Beautiful Teeth You Have!  December 2013

If I Only Had a Tail…  December 2013

Confrontational Techniques Elicit Aggression  May 2013

Dognition Canine Assessment Tests  March 2013

How Do You Play with Your Dog?  February 2013

Can Dogs Tell Stories?  Part I, Part II  October 2012

Video Analysis: What’s Up with Willie and the Tongue Flicking?  Part I, Part II  September 2012

The Ten-Year Anniversary of The Other End of the Leash  August 2012

“Guilty Dog” Viral Video  April 2011

Willie’s Exercises & Honoring Your Dog  April 2011

Do Dogs Inherently Understand Pointing Gestures?  Part I, Part II  October 2010

Dogs Can Sign Too  August 2010

Do Dogs Recognize Our Facial Expressions  August 2010

Hugging  February 2010

“Listening” to Our Dogs  July 2009

Visual Signals Before Acoustic?  August 2008

Never Repeat a Command  August 2008



Speak Up: If your dog could talk, what would she talk about?

Beyond Words: The light and the dark side of a relationship without speech

Beautiful Noises

Tale of Two Species – Bridging the Communication Gap

The Right Touch: Where, how and when you pet your dog makes a difference

Knowing what your dog knows






Training Your Dog

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.

Behavior & Health

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!

Behavior Problems

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.

Finding Resources

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.

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