Recommended Problem Behavior Help

  • Help! I’m Barking and I Can’t Be Quiet: A Pet Parenting Guide

    As an owner of a Shetland Sheep Dog I know a thing or two about barking dogs. A dog that won't stop barking is annoying, often punished, and in danger of being given up! In this book Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists Drs. Hetts and Estep help owners identify the causes of barking and devise strategies to solve this irritating problem.

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  • Managing Chaos at the Door

    This is an extremely common problem that I experienced with my Shih Tzu, Cricket, before I was a behaviorist. Knocking and ringing the doorbell triggered a terrified response as he ran around alarm barking for 20-min and couldn't be controlled. It took me a really long time to figure out that the problem wasn't my training skills, rather his emotional fear response was so extreme that he couldn't learn a new response! I'll never repeat the same mistakes I made with Cricket. After listening to this CD, I learned strategies that helped my problem and what I could have done to prevent its development.

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  • Managing the Home Alone Dog

    I'm not going to tell you details because you'd think I'm crazy but I go to great lengths to make sure my dogs are comfortable and relaxed while I'm at work or away from the house. My husband calls my morning routine with the dogs superstitious but they've not destroyed the house yet so I'm not changing a thing.

    If your dog is destructive I strongly recommend checking out this product.

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  • Rehabilitating the Canine Contender: Helping Dogs Get Along Better With Other Dogs

    This is a live-recorded interview with Ms. Pia Silvani who answers questions about fighting dogs based on her years of experience instructing Feisty Fido classes at St. Hubert’s Dog Training School, in Madison NJ.

    This interview with an expert is 1 of a 3 part lecture series on Aspects of Canine Social Conflict Behavior.

    The remaining parts are:

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  • Roles Rules and Relationships: Reinterpreting the Meaning of “Dominance”

    This is a live-recorded interview with Dr. John Wright, Ph.D., CAAB who discusses the difference among behaviors, traits, and roles, based on 30 years of research, to help you better describe, understand, and influence dog-dog and dog-person social relationships.

    This interview with an expert is 1 of a 3 part lecture series on Aspects of Canine Social Conflict Behavior.

    The remaining parts are:

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  • The Dangers of Dominanace

    Misunderstanding your dog's behaviors as dominance can get in the way of building a bond between you and your pet. Plus it is exhausting thinking a member of the household is trying to one up you all the time. Thank goodness ethologists and animal behaviorists have made life easier for us all by teaching us that dogs are our friends and partners, NOT social climbers continuously demising our defeat. So go ahead and let your dog sleep on the bed or couch, let him/her lean on your feet, step over him/her while he/she is sleeping peacefully in the door way. I promise you they'll be happy you did. If you don't believe me or want to know more. Check out this DVD by Drs. Hetts and Estep. You'll be glad you did!

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  • Understanding Canine Aggression: A Collection of Articles.

    This CD includes over 35 articles developed by expert Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (CAABs), Drs. Estep and Hetts designed to explain canine aggression from a scientific stand point.

    • A list of the articles can be viewed here.

    Below are 2 Free Sample Articles:

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  • Understanding Canine Communication: Observing and Interpreting Canine Body Postures

    Ever wonder what your dog is trying to tell you? If you don't know what to look for, it is difficult to tell. Misinterpretation leads to what could have been an avoidable bite. This DVD by Suzanne Hetts, PhD, CAAB, Dan Estep, PhD, CAAB and David Grant, DVM will teach you how to observe behavior like a professional. It is one of the first programs I watched when I started working with dogs and is recommended for shelter workers and veterinary staff.

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  • Understanding Canine Conflicts

    Owning fighting dogs is heartbreaking. I've observed cases where the dogs had fought too long for rehabilitation and others where the dogs never had a good relationship to begin with. On this DVD, you'll learn what causes conflicts between dogs, methods of management and prevention, and resolutions. The producers, Drs. Hetts and Estep have included video images of dogs in conflict allowing you to see canine behavior in these tense situations.

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  • Understanding Dogs That Eat Poop: Coprophagia

    Aside from horse poop (what animal can resist that?) and the brief addiction to goose poop, my dogs do not eat feces. However this is a common but poorly understood behavior. Consider this product if you want to know why dogs do this, are concerned about health hazards, or want to prevent it.

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  • Understanding Fido's Behavior

    Don't get caught up in the pop culture view of dog behavior. Animal behavior scientists know that dogs are not wolves dressed up in different shapes and sizes. They've been domesticated for over 15,000 years, and therefore their behavior no longer resembles wolf behavior and your family is not their pack. The more these popular myths are perpetuated, the more dogs suffer the consequences as people try to act like wolves.

    This 4 disc DVD set comes with extensive notes and dispels all the made up stuff (MUS) that can make living with canines difficult for both dog and owner. Once you and your dog have the same understanding, you'll both be happy you purchased this program.

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