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Is It Me Or Is It The Dog?

2013-06-25 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Most dog owners are proud of their dogs when they are behaving themselves. But it never surprises me how often dog owners blame their dogs for their own failures as trainers.  We find it all too easy to blame their dogs for when then see them misbehaving.  Do we have a right to put responsibility for [...]…

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A Broken Dog – Epilogue (Redemption and Validation)

2013-06-17 :: Eric Brad
Length: 14s

Sometimes important things happen in our lives with our dogs. Good things. Things that can show you the value of good training, patience, and the benefits of using Behavioural Science over the long haul. This is the closing chapter in a difficult period with my wonderful dog Tiramisu.  My “broken dog” is broken no more. [...]…

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A Comfortable Dog

2013-06-10 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

We all find ourselves in new or difficult situations.  It can be hard to keep your wits about you when something sets you on edge.  Fortunately, for must of us familiar things can be great comfort when we are in new and stressful situations.  It could be a something we carry with us, a familiar [...]…

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Do Scientists Love Their Dogs Too?

2013-05-28 :: Eric Brad
Length: 15s

I’m big into science.  I spent more than 25 years of my life involved in the computer and networking industry.  Understandably, my approach to most things is methodical and I prefer to depend on evidence I can see rather than taking someone’s word for it.  There are some that feel this makes me less passionate [...]…

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What Is Your Dog Saying About You?

2013-05-17 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

Do you know what your dog says about you and their life with you?  It’s written all over their body language if you know what to look for.  Our dog’s feelings about us and their life is pretty much an open book to those who understand the language of dogs.  As humans, we have a [...]…

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What’s Wrong With Intelligent Dog Training?

2013-05-07 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

For many in the dog training world it comes down to “us or them or them or even them over there” in the dog training world. Whose ideas on dog training do you follow? How can find the best way to raise your dog? The answer might be much closer than you think. It’s probably [...]…

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Zen and the Art of Training A Dog

2013-05-02 :: Eric Brad
Length: 15s

Sometimes the simplest things can be the most difficult to master. In learning to train dogs, I have found that mastering myself has been the most difficult part of teaching dogs. It should come as no surprise that the ancient wisdom of Asia and the Far East can help us on our way to being [...]…

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Dog Interrupted

2013-04-19 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

Sometimes all we need to do to help our dogs be better is to interrupt their bad behaviour and show them something better. Working with our dogs doesn’t have to be a fight.  A friendly reminder can go a long way! Audio edition of the article Dog Interrupted from the Life As A Human online magazine website. [...]…

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All The Dogs You Can Manage

2013-04-08 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Training our dogs is important. But maybe more important is how we manage them. Sometimes management is needed while we train and other management is a lifelong project. It could be managing their environment, their access to spaces or objects, it could even by the situations we put them in.  How we manage our dogs [...]…

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The Lighter Side of Dogs and Positive Training

2013-03-20 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

While debates rage on whether or not using positive training with your dog is a good idea or not, those of us who use it every day are enjoying what it brings to our lives.  Many of our dogs have developed very clever and creative ways to get our attention or to earn their rewards. [...]…

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The Tyranny of Small Dogs

2013-03-12 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Could it be that there is a Tyranny of Small Dogs?  Tyranny not because the dogs themselves are doing anything wrong.  Quite the opposite; small dogs seem to have a tremendous capacity to lull us humans into thinking that we don’t have to work with them like we would a larger breed.  Somehow we expect [...]…

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The Quest for the Magical Dog

2013-03-03 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Our culture is full of images of courageous, loyal, smart, and lovable dogs.  Many of those dogs are just fictional ideals, the sort of perfect dog we all wish we could have.  Perhaps our idealism goes even further than that if we also attribute the best in human qualities to our dogs.  And that’s where [...]…

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Dog Training and Distracting Rewards

2013-02-20 :: Eric Brad
Length: 10s

I used to think that people should use whatever their dog is wild about as a reinforcer in training. I’m not so sure about that now.  It’s easy to think that because it’s motivating, it’s the best reward ever. Sometimes, it can be TOO stimulating!  It can even be distracting.  And if that distraction takes [...]…

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Dear Dog – Please Excuse My Miscues

2013-02-05 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

Cues or Commands are the signals we give to our dogs when we want them to perform a behaviour for us.  How we teach them and how we use them will have a great influence on whether our dog understands and does what we ask.  Teaching a cue seems like a simple thing, but it’s [...]…

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Outwitting Dogs – A Rant

2013-01-23 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

How can dogs be stupid and smart at the same time? How can they have less intelligence than humans and still control our households? For all our intelligence, we humans certainly find our reasons to claim to be both inferior and superior to our canine companions when it suits us. Audio edition of the article Outwitting [...]…

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Dumbing Down Dog Training

2013-01-16 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

Owning a dog is wonderful and rewarding but it is also a big responsibility. Training and management are not simple tasks as some would have us believe. But with the right teachers, it isn’t all that difficult to learn to do it well. Could we be doing a better job of teaching people about training [...]…

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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie But Tell Them The Truth

2012-12-31 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Ever stick your hand in your empty pocket as if you had a cookie in hopes your dog would run over to you? Have you ever taken a menacing step toward your dog in hopes they would sit more quickly? Both of these clever tricks really amount to lies you tell your dog. You don’t have [...]…

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Teaching A Dog Is A Question Of Balance

2012-12-28 :: Eric Brad
Length: 14s

There is a lot of talk about “balance” in dog training these days. But balance might not be as easy as just mixing equal parts of rewards and punishment. A lesson from high school science class shows that equal numbers do not mean equal value. Sometimes balance means finding the right proportions of what your [...]…

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Getting The Dog You Deserve

2012-12-27 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Audio edition of the article Getting The Dog You Deserve from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. Dogs are, in many ways, a reflection of their owner. They live with us and they learn from us. Sometimes they learn a [...]…

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World Class Dog Behaviours

2012-12-11 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

Audio edition of the article World Class Dog Behaviours from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. Getting results can be about “good”, “good enough”, or “GREAT!” It matters how we train. Ask Olympic athletes Usain Bolt and Oscar Pistorius. How [...]…

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The Mysterious Case of the Randomly Disobedient Dog

2012-11-29 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Audio edition of the article The Mysterious Case of the Randomly Disobedient Dog from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. You know that horrible moment when you are at the park with your dog friends and you call your dog [...]…

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Dog Science – Behavioural Backlash

2012-11-20 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

Audio edition of the article Dog Science – Behavioural Backlash from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. Many think that Behavioural Science treats organisms like machines, manipulating behaviour and bending others to their will. But it’s not simple. In fact, [...]…

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Positive Training – Beyond The Dogs

2012-11-19 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

Audio edition of the article Positive Training – Beyond The Dogs from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. The roots of reinforcement training based on behavioural science were in science labs at universities. But animal trainers quickly saw the value [...]…

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Bad Dog – Solving The Wrong Problem

2012-10-22 :: Eric Brad
Length: 17s

Audio edition of the article Bad Dog – Solving The Wrong Problem from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. Nobody likes it when their dogs “misbehave.” But can the cure be worse than the symptom? Dogs get bothered by things [...]…

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Do LESS To Get A Better Dog

2012-10-13 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

Audio edition of the article Do LESS To Get A Better Dog! from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. I had a fun encounter with my sister’s dog this past week. It gave me an opportunity to teach my sister [...]…

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Dogs And Free Lunches – Control, Contingencies, and Communication

2012-09-26 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

Audio edition of the article Dogs And Free Lunches – Control, Contingencies, and Communication from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. There’s an old saying – “There is no such thing as a free lunch.”  Put another way, you could [...]…

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Dogs and Dogma in the 21st Century – A Rant

2012-09-19 :: Eric Brad
Length: 14s

Audio edition of the article Dogs and Dogma In The 21st Century – A Rant from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. It is the year 2012.   The 21st century.  This is an era that was supposed to show [...]…

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Dog Smart – A Different Kind of Intelligence

2012-09-07 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

Audio edition of the article Dog Smart – A Different Kind of Intelligence from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. Is your dog smart? I certainly think my dogs are.  Most dog owners have lots of stories to show how [...]…

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Adventures In Puppyhood: The Best Dog Yet

2012-09-03 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Audio edition of the article Adventures In Puppyhood: The Best Dog Yet from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. Rizzo arrived here in our home just over 2 years ago.  We had just lost our dear Vince who had been [...]…

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Loving A Dog To Death

2012-08-24 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Audio edition of the article Loving A Dog To Death from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. In December of 2010 I wrote a piece called A Million Ways To Love A Dog.  In that piece I talked about how dogs [...]…

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Dogs, Science, This, and That

2012-08-17 :: Eric Brad
Length: 14s

Audio edition of the article Dogs, Science, This, and That from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. Most weeks, I like to put together something on a single topic regarding dogs or dog training.  It’s fun to explore things in [...]…

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Doggone it! When Is Your Dog Wrong?

2012-07-25 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Audio edition of the article Doggone it! When Is Your Dog Wrong? from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. There is a very in-depth article about Errorless Learning and No Reward Markers making it’s way around Facebook recently.  The article is by internationally [...]…

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A Broken Dog – Part 3 Pavlov, The Pharmacy, and The Phoenix

2012-07-14 :: Eric Brad
Length: 14s

This three part series described the 5 long month breakdown of my dog Tiramisu, her diagnosis as a dog with a hypothyroid condition, and our quest to make her healthy way again. Tira has always loved playing on agility courses and equipment from the time she was 6 months old. When she was 7 years old, she started becoming fearful and unwilling to play agility. We knew something was very wrong.…

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Dog Tails and Random Trails

2012-07-11 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

Audio edition of the article Dog Tails and Random Trails from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. I’ve had a few random thoughts knocking around the inside of my head lately and this week seemed as good a time as [...]…

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Mysticism and Pragmatism in Dog Training

2012-07-11 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Audio edition of the article Mysticism and Pragmatism in Dog Training from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. Like politics or religion, a discussion about how to train or raise a dog can invoke strong emotions and strong opinions across [...]…

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Practical Everyday Dog Training

2012-06-25 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

Audio edition of the article Practical Everyday Dog Training from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. The technical stuff is interesting and teaching the cool tricks is lots of fun. But sometimes you just have to do the practical everyday [...]…

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Bad Dog – Handling Problem Behaviours

2012-06-11 :: Eric Brad
Length: 15s

Audio edition of the article Bad Dog – Handling Problem Behaviours from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles. Correcting bad behaviour in our dogs can be like putting out a fire. We have to act swiftly and decisively. But if [...]…

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Dog Training Hearsay and Heresy

2012-06-09 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

There are a few common phrases that float around in the dog training world that get my hackles up. One of those phrases is “I use whatever training technique my dogs need.” Not all training techniques are equal in how they impact your dog and your relationship with him.…

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Dog Trainers Roundtable #1 – Positive Discussions

2012-05-19 :: Eric Brad
Length: 27s

Petra Wingate is a great dog trainer. She has been teaching puppy and agility classes for the past few years. Darcie Jennings is a great friend and has been training dogs and their owners through her CommuniCanine business for over 13 years. As we often do, the three of us sat down to talk about dogs and dog training. But this time, Petra decided to record it and also prepared some questions for us to discuss.…

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Catch Your Dog Doing Something Right

2012-05-13 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

What if your dog offered you a behaviour you didn’t ask for? What if it was a good idea? Being smart enough to catch your dog doing something right is good for both of you. You get what you want and your dog gets to flex his creative muscles!…

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Dogs and Concepts – Learning Beyond Behaviours

2012-04-30 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

“Sit.” “Down.” “Fetch.” These are things that most people associate with dog training. But is there more we can teach our dogs beyond simple behaviours? You might be surprised that you already do! And there might be more you can teach them.…

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The Crossover Files – Positively Frustrating Dog Training

2012-04-29 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

Crossing over to positive training can be frustrating. Abandoning old techniques for new is uncomfortable. Especially when you aren’t good at the new stuff. Dog trainer Eric Brad has found that sticking with positive training is well worth the effort for the rewards that come later.…

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Dog Training And/Or What Comes Next

2012-04-28 :: Eric Brad
Length: 10s

Do you ask your dog to do things for you or do you tell them to do them? How we think about working with our dogs matters. It affects our expectations and can lead to cooperation or conflict. It seems to be an AND/OR proposition.…

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Confessions of a Positive Dog Trainer

2012-04-17 :: Eric Brad
Length: 9s

Is it more ethical or moral to use positive dog training? For Eric Brad, the reasons are less lofty and more practical. And sometimes the simplest reasons can be the most compelling.…

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Learn Positive Dog Training

2012-04-16 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Have you heard about positive training but aren’t sure what it is or how to get started? Well, I can give you a road map to success with four great books to get you on your way! …

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A Broken Dog – Part 2 (Understanding Dawns)

2012-04-07 :: Eric Brad
Length: 14s

When a dog’s behaviour suddenly changes, a good dog trainer does not turn to training techniques and behaviour modification. They turn to their veterinarian. Chances are there is a very real health problem that should be dealt with first.…

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A Broken Dog – Part 1 (Breaking Down)

2012-03-21 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

It would be great if positive training and behavioural science made everything perfect and wonderful with dogs. Most of the time, it does exactly that by providing a way to communicate effectively with our dogs. But sometimes things can break down. Eric Brad shares a story of a frightened dog that needed more than food treats and positive reinforcement.…

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The Crossover Files – Considering Positive Dog Training

2012-03-14 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

Coming to Positive Reinforcement training from more traditional methods is called “crossing over.” It’s not easy to cross over from more familiar and socially accepted forms of dog training. There are lots of reasons not to consider it. But many do. In this series, Eric Brad looks at what it takes to “cross over.”…

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What A Dog Can Teach You

2012-03-07 :: Eric Brad
Length: 10s

Dog trainers are supposed to be teaching their dogs. Eric Brad has found that there is much that the dog can teach the trainer as well. In this installment, Eric says “Thank You” to his dog Tiramisu for the lessons he has learned. Listening to his dog has made him a better trainer.…

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My “Dominant” Dog and How I Cope

2012-02-29 :: Eric Brad
Length: 14s

Is your dog “dominant” or willing to submit? Could you be living with a dog determined to take over and control your household? Dog Trainer Eric Brad looks as his own dog to see if the “warning signs” described by so many web sites could mean his dog is a tyrant in the making!…

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Maybe It’s Not The Dog That’s The Problem

2012-02-16 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

The words and phrases we use when talking about dogs and training can influence our perceptions. Sometimes our inner dialogues can work against us. Are we being fair to our dogs and looking objectively at our own training skills? …

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For the Dogs: New Year, New Challenges

2012-02-16 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

The Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, “The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people believe.” Our best source of information about dogs is the dogs themselves! This is a great time to try something new and learn something about our dogs. Question everything and be prepared for some surprising answers…

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Improve Your Dog Training With Prompts and Fading

2012-01-24 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

When training dogs, it’s sometimes helpful to prompt them for the behaviour we are looking for. Trainer Eric Brad cautions that “prompts” can be as much a distraction as a help. Knowing how to “fade” them out of the picture can be just as important in good training.…

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Training Your Dog and All That Jazz

2012-01-17 :: Eric Brad
Length: 10s

Training your dog can be an incredibly creative experience. Communicating with a different species is challenging and can be very rewarding for both the dog AND the trainer. You just need the right approach and the ability to think outside the box a bit. You might be surprised at what's possible with positive training and a little creativity.…

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Some Dogs Won’t Work For Food

2012-01-10 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

Food is something every dog has every day. Unless they are ill, there should be no reason for our dogs to turn down any snacks we offer them. But many dog owners claim their dogs won’t work for them for food treats as a reward. How can this be? Dogs are scavengers by nature. Could it be something we humans are doing that puts them off sometimes?…

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2011 – A Year For The Dogs and The Canine Nation

2012-01-09 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

It’s been a great year. 2011 was a very positive year for Canine Nation and I want to thank all of my readers and podcast listeners for their support and comments over the past 12 months. I've learned a lot writing and producing the podcast and reader/listener comments have been a great source of information for me as well. Here’s wishing you all a successful and joy filled 2012 with your dogs!…

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A Closer Look At Self Rewarding Behaviour

2011-12-20 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Sometimes our dogs don’t want to do what we ask of them. Sometimes the rewards we offer them are not enough and they turn to “self-rewarding” behaviours. But are those behaviours really self-rewarding? It’s what our dog chooses to do so it must be. But what else is “self-rewarding” behaviour? The answer might surprise you.…

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Dogs At Daybreak ~ An Appreciation

2011-12-20 :: Eric Brad
Length: 5s

Training, behaviour, and science are important parts of my life with my dogs. But there are simple, almost poetic moments that I also cherish. Working, playing, and sometimes quiet moments that help me appreciate the rapport that positive training has given me with my dogs. It starts even before I open my eyes each day.…

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3 Things Your Dog Wants You To Know

2011-11-27 :: Eric Brad
Length: 9s

If our dogs could talk to us for just five minutes, what would they say? I think the answer might be as surprising as it is simple! Decades of misunderstanding might give way to a more open and positive relationship with our dogs if we could change some of our assumptions about our dogs. …

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Are Positive Dog Trainers Positively Pushy?

2011-11-23 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Not so long ago, my enthusiasm for what I had learned about positive training and behavioural science turned me into an evangelist for modern training. But is pushing my training philosophy any more acceptable than pushing political or religious beliefs?…

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Disobedient Dogs – Does Being “Bad” Pay Off?

2011-10-27 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Our dogs don’t always do what we ask of them. Sometimes it can seem that they even enjoy being bad. But is this really the case? The science of behaviour, both canine and human, tell a very different story. Chances are your dog isn’t taking any joy in misbehaving after all!…

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Training Your Dog – Failing Toward Success

2011-10-19 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

Good training can’t happen without failures but too many can make it frustrating and no fun for either the human or the dog. If failures are going to happen, why not learn from them and use them to make things better? You only fail if you didn’t learn something from the experience. Good trainers try to keep their emotions in check and stay observant.…

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Dogs, Memory, and Learning – Why History Is Important

2011-10-03 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Every time we work with our dog, the history of all of our experiences with this dog follow us. For better or for worse, our dog remembers. Your dog’s expectations of you and your time together will depend on how you have shaped those memories. Our dogs are always observing but they don't remember every detail. Mostly they recall general patterns and emotions. …

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Dog Training From Start to Finished

2011-09-24 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Most dog owners make more or less effort to train their dogs. If they are like me, they first learned to train dogs by rote. By that I mean, you followed some particular recipe for getting the dog to do what you wanted and at some point it was "trained." As I've learned more about dogs and behaviour, it's become clear to me that it isn't quite that simple. …

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Two Important Words of Dog Training Advice

2011-09-19 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

Training our dogs can be fun and frustrating, both for us and our dogs. Humans and dogs have very different responses when progress goes slowly or in an unexpected direction. How we, as humans, respond to those frustrating moments can have a large impact on our dogs ability or willingness to learn.…

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Defending Your Dog

2011-09-08 :: Eric Brad
Length: 9s

Managing your dog when out in the world is just as important as training your dog to be a "good citizen." Sometimes we can't anticipate all that the world can throw at our dogs and if they behave inappropriately, it could land you in serious trouble. Your dog may even be taken away to be euthanised. But there are lots of great ways you can protect your dog with a little common sense, the right equipment, and some vigilance.…

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Frustrated Fido: Understanding People Isn’t Easy

2011-09-01 :: Eric Brad
Length: 10s

Good communication with our dogs relies on positive reinforcement, consistency and fairness. When that breaks down, our dogs can get frustrated with us. They can't be sure what we're asking and they risk being scolded for not complying with our cues to them. That frustration can take an emotional toll on our dogs. …

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Demystifying the Behaviour of Dogs: Notes From A Different Path

2011-08-13 :: Eric Brad
Length: 9s

When we went through our difficulties with our dog Vince ten years ago, I’m not sure I understood what a life-changing experience it would be. It can be a difficult and scary thing to leave behind the things you thought you knew and try something new with an open mind. What I didn't realize was that it would open my heart as well. …

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Finding Out the Truth About Your Dog

2011-07-27 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Audio edition of the article Finding Out the Truth About Your Dog from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life a a Human to find this and other articles. We make a lot of assumptions about dogs.  We pass them one.  And, over time, these suppositions can turn into things we believe as TRUE [...]…

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Adventures in Puppyhood: Tips for Matchmaking a New Dog

2011-07-14 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

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Dog Training? Who’s Training who?

2011-07-07 :: Eric Brad
Length: 10s

Audio edition of the article Dog Training? Who’s Training Who? from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life a a Human to find this and other articles. Humans like the affection of dogs. We find it reinforcing when they come to us for petting and attention. Once they find something that annoys us, they [...]…

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Is a Reward-Trained Dog a Misbehaving Dog? Positively NOT!

2011-06-15 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

Audio edition of the article Is A Reward Trained Dog a Misbehaving Dog? Positively NOT! from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life a a Human to find this and other articles. When it comes to dog training, Positive Training and training based on rewards are hot topics these days. [...]…

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How Do We Talk About Dog Training?

2011-06-05 :: Eric Brad
Length: 10s

Audio edition of the article How Do We Talk About Dog Training? from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Canine Nation to find this and other articles. The terms we use to describe when we talk about dogs and dog behaviour matters. Sometimes generalizing too much can do more harm than good. While clever [...]…

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What’s the Doggy Deal?

2011-06-03 :: Eric Brad

Dogs have been with us for centuries. Today, millions of dogs live in the homes of humans. But what exactly is the dog getting out of the deal? In fact, a better question is what should the dog be getting out of the deal?…

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Expanding Your Canine Family: Multi-Dog Homes

2011-06-03 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

Audio edition of the article Expanding Your Canine Familyl: Multi-Dog Homes from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Canine Nation to find this and other articles. My wife and I love having our two Belgian Shepherds in our lives. We have occasionally had three dogs for short periods. You would think that adding a [...]…

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What’s the Doggy Deal?

2011-06-01 :: Eric Brad
Length: 17s

Audio edition of the article What’s the Doggy Deal? from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Canine Nation to find this and other articles. Dogs have been with us for centuries. Today, millions of dogs live in the homes of humans. But what exactly is the dog getting out of the deal? In fact, [...]…

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A Balanced Dog: Coping Skills and Stress Management

2011-05-23 :: Eric Brad

To look at most of our dogs, it's hard to think of them as "stressed out" as they snooze happily in that patch of sunlight — yet all dogs experience stress, some more and some less, and it's how they learn to cope with it that is most important.…

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Playing with Dogs is Seriously Fun

2011-05-11 :: Eric Brad

Did you realize that play is an important part of dogs' development and overall health throughout their lives? When it comes to our canine friends, it seems that old saying "All work and no play..." is just as true as it is fro humans.…

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A Balanced Dog – Coping Skills and Managing Stress

2011-05-02 :: Eric Brad
Length: 16s

Audio edition of the article A Balanced Dog: Coping Skills and Stress Management from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Canine Nation to find this and other articles. To look at most of our dogs, it’s hard to think of them as “stressed out” as they snooze happily in that patch of [...]…

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Playing with dogs is seriously fun!

2011-05-01 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

Audio edition of the article Playing with dogs is seriously fun! from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Canine Nation to find this and other articles. Did you realize that play is an important part of dogs’ development and overall health throughout their lives? When it comes to our canine friends, it seems that [...]…

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Blunt Force Trauma – Canine Reality

2011-03-20 :: Eric Brad

Eric Brad challenges some commonly held belief about dogs (did you know they are not pack animals?) and says it's time we stopped putting the blame on our dogs, "the hostages that are just trying to survive in our quirky, complex, sometimes inconsistent human world". …

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Blunt Force Trauma – Canine Reality

2011-03-12 :: Eric Brad
Length: 14s

From March 12, 2011 - It seems these days that too much is made of pack models and hierarchies for dogs. Do you need to be the "Alpha"? Science would answer that with a resounding NO! Good training is not about being a pack leader or gaining respect. It is about being a good teacher and communicator and helping your dog succeed in your world.…

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Adventures in Puppyhood: Teaching Rizzo Basic Life Lessons

2010-12-06 :: Eric Brad

Thanks to clicker training, you can build a relationship with your dog based on positive cooperation rather than using commands to force the dog to obey. Eric Brad shows how clicker training has benefitted his relationship with his new puppy, Rizzo. …

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Selling Snake Oil: Stopping Behaviour Doesn’t Make a “Good Dog”

2010-11-15 :: Eric Brad

We humans have been trained that the best way to train our dogs is through the use of coercion — and punishment and rewards. But Eric Brad has learned through his studies of behavioral science that just because something works doesn't mean it's right or the only way. In this article, Eric takes a groundbreaking look at kinder, saner and logical ways to build good, respectful relationships with our dogs.…

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Selling Snake Oil: Stopping Behaviour Doesn’t Make A Good Dog

2010-11-15 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

From November 16, 2010 – Audio edition of the article Selling Snake Oil: Stopping Behaviour Doesn’t Make a Good Dog from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Canine Nation to find this and other articles. It never ceases to amaze me each time a dog trainer tells me how good they are by showing [...]…

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The Myth of Alpha Dogs

2010-03-04 :: Eric Brad

Now, after years of scruff shaking and “alpha rolling” our dogs unnecessarily, we have learned the truth. “Alpha Dominance” is one of the most persistent lies in all of what we know about dogs.…

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The Myth of Alpha Dogs

2010-03-03 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

From March 5, 2010 – Audio edition of the article The Myth of Alpha Dogs from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Canine Nation to find this and other articles. Alpha Dominance is one of the most persistent lies in all of what we know about dogs. It’s amazing to me how [...]…

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Three Reasons Why Your Dog Isn’t Responding: Part 1

2010-02-11 :: Eric Brad

There are at least three good reasons why your dog doesn’t respond the way you hope he will. Eric Brad explores the relationship between humans and dogs, and offers advice on how to improve the lines of communication between you and your dog.…

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What If We Could Communicate With Dogs?

2010-02-04 :: Eric Brad
Length: 10s

From February 3, 2010 – Audio edition of the article What If We Could Communicate With Dogs? from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Canine Nation to find this and other articles. What do you do when everything you thought you knew about dogs and how to train them fails? Confrontation after [...]…

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What If We Could Communicate With Dogs?

2010-02-02 :: Eric Brad

It was early evening in the spring of 2002 when I found myself 10 feet across the kitchen from a dog with bared teeth and lowered head. He was growling in a low, menacing rumble. As I looked into his fixed, steely eyes, I could hardly believe this was the dog we had raised from [...]…

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Are Positive Dog Trainers Positively Pushy?

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Not so long ago, my enthusiasm for what I had learned about positive training and behavioural science turned me into an evangelist for modern training. But is pushing my training philosophy any more acceptable than pushing political or religious beliefs?…

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Disobedient Dogs – Does Being “Bad” Pay Off?

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Our dogs don’t always do what we ask of them. Sometimes it can seem that they even enjoy being bad. But is this really the case? The science of behaviour, both canine and human, tell a very different story. Chances are your dog isn’t taking any joy in…

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Training Your Dog – Failing Toward Success

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

Good training can’t happen without failures but too many can make it frustrating and no fun for either the human or the dog. If failures are going to happen, why not learn from them and use them to make things better? You only fail if you didn’t lea…

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Dogs, Memory, and Learning – Why History Is Important

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Every time we work with our dog, the history of all of our experiences with this dog follow us. For better or for worse, our dog remembers. Your dog’s expectations of you and your time together will depend on how you have shaped those memories. Our d…

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Dog Training From Start to Finished

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Most dog owners make more or less effort to train their dogs. If they are like me, they first learned to train dogs by rote. By that I mean, you followed some particular recipe for getting the dog to do what you wanted and at some point it was "trained.…

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Two Important Words of Dog Training Advice

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

Training our dogs can be fun and frustrating, both for us and our dogs. Humans and dogs have very different responses when progress goes slowly or in an unexpected direction. How we, as humans, respond to those frustrating moments can have a large impac…

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Defending Your Dog

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 9s

Managing your dog when out in the world is just as important as training your dog to be a "good citizen." Sometimes we can't anticipate all that the world can throw at our dogs and if they behave inappropriately, it could land you in serious trouble. Y…

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Finding Out the Truth About Your Dog

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 12s

Audio edition of the article Finding Out the Truth About Your Dog from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life a a ...…

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Adventures in Puppyhood: Tips for Matchmaking a New Dog

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

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Dog Training? Who’s Training who?

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 10s

Audio edition of the article Dog Training? Who’s Training Who? from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life a a Human to find ...…

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Frustrated Fido: Understanding People Isn’t Easy

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 10s

Good communication with our dogs relies on positive reinforcement, consistency and fairness. When that breaks down, our dogs can get frustrated with us. They can't be sure what we're asking and they risk being scolded for not complying with our cues to …

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Demystifying the Behaviour of Dogs: Notes From A Different Path

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 9s

When we went through our difficulties with our dog Vince ten years ago, I’m not sure I understood what a life-changing experience it would be. It can be a difficult and scary thing to leave behind the things you thought you knew and try something new …

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Is a Reward-Trained Dog a Misbehaving Dog? Positively NOT!

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

Audio edition of the article Is A Reward Trained Dog a Misbehaving Dog? Positively NOT! from the Life As A Human online magazine website. ...…

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How Do We Talk About Dog Training?

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 10s

Audio edition of the article How Do We Talk About Dog Training? from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Canine Nation to find ...…

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Expanding Your Canine Family: Multi-Dog Homes

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

Audio edition of the article Expanding Your Canine Familyl: Multi-Dog Homes from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Canine Nation to find this ...…

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What’s the Doggy Deal?

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 17s

Audio edition of the article What’s the Doggy Deal? from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Canine Nation to find this and other ...…

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A Balanced Dog – Coping Skills and Managing Stress

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 16s

Audio edition of the article A Balanced Dog: Coping Skills and Stress Management from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Canine ...…

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Playing with dogs is seriously fun!

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

Audio edition of the article Playing with dogs is seriously fun! from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Canine Nation to find this ...…

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Selling Snake Oil: Stopping Behaviour Doesn’t Make A Good Dog

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 13s

From November 16, 2010 – Audio edition of the article Selling Snake Oil: Stopping Behaviour Doesn’t Make a Good Dog from the Life As A Human ...…

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The Myth of Alpha Dogs

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 11s

From March 5, 2010 – Audio edition of the article The Myth of Alpha Dogs from the Life As A Human online magazine website. You ...…

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Blunt Force Trauma – Canine Reality

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 14s

From March 12, 2011 - It seems these days that too much is made of pack models and hierarchies for dogs. Do you need to be the "Alpha"? Science would answer that with a resounding NO! Good training is not about being a pack leader or gaining respect. It i…

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What If We Could Communicate With Dogs?

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 10s

From February 3, 2010 – Audio edition of the article What If We Could Communicate With Dogs? from the Life As A Human online magazine ...…

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3 Things Your Dog Wants You To Know

0000-00-00 :: Eric Brad
Length: 9s

If our dogs could talk to us for just five minutes, what would they say? I think the answer might be as surprising as it is simple! Decades of misunderstanding might give way to a more open and positive relationship with our dogs if we could change some o…

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