Dr. Yin’s Answers to Common Dog Training Questions

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I’ve heard that a tired dog is a behaved dog. Will exercise solve most of my dog’s problems?
Do I need to be the boss when training my dog, cat, horse or bird?
If I train my pet how long will the training last?

Dr. Yin’s Answers to Common Dog Training Questions

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I’ve heard that a tired dog is a behaved dog. Will exercise solve most of my dog’s problems?
Do I need to be the boss when training my dog, cat, horse or bird?
If I train my pet how long will the training last?

Treatment of Food Aggression in Dogs is About Finesse, Not Force

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What’s up with the dog that eyes people who approach his food bowl or stiffens and even growls, snaps or bites if others interrupt his meal? Don’t they understand that you’re the provider of the things they want and not a threat to them?

Cat Stalks Feet: How to Tame the Beast

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What do you do with a cat who attacks everything and everyone? Our cat lurks behind furniture and then leaps out at people as they walk by. She never seems serious because she doesn’t bite very hard, but it’s getting annoying.

New Study Finds Popular “Alpha Dog” Training Techniques Can Cause More Harm than Good

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“The client, an elderly couple, had a 6-year-old male, neutered Rhodesian Ridgeback that was aggressive to dogs” describes Dr. Jennie Jamtgaard, an applied animal behavior consultant and behavior instructor at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. “They had watched Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan and seen Millan place aggressive dogs in with his group of dogs and then hold them down on their sides or back if they were aggressive. So they brought their dog to the dog park and basically flooded him [immersed him in the aggression-inducing situation].”

Can Spaying Lead to Bad Behavior?

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On an episode of “It’s Me or the Dog,” a show on Animal Planet, British dog trainer Victoria Stilwell tackled the problem of a bull terrier that exhibited mounting behavior. The first solution was to send the dog for a time-out when he mounted. However, the mounting was so severe that the trainer finally recommended neutering, which solved the problem. This case raises two questions: What other behavioral issues can neutering help address, and what is the rate of success?