Counter Conditioning for Reactivity to People
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.
Dog Bite Prevention Week (Month? Year?) April 2022
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
Why Dogs are More Afraid of Men, Revisited February 2020
Aggression, Fear and Gut Health. . . Joined at the Hip? May 2019
Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself March 2019
Dogs and Psychological Trauma February 2017
First look at my memoir: The Eduction of Will October 2016
Resilience: Can We Increase It in Dogs? October 2015
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog Sept 2015 (About Trauma and Dogs)
Preventing Dog Bites May 2012
Treatment Plans for Behavioral Regressions Part I, Part II December 2011
Juvenile-Onset Shyness & Juvenile-Onset Myopia September 2010
Why Dogs are More Afraid of Men January 2010
Using Play to Treat Aggression October 2008
I’m Okay, You’re Okay: A gentle hand or tasty treat doesn’t reinforce fear, it reduces it
Action or Angst? Guilt is a lousy treatment plan for behavioral problems
Fear in Dogs: Where does it begin?
A Glass Half-full: All emotions may not be equal, but they are equally powerful
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.