Instinct Dog Behavior & Training® BLOG

Your resource for helpful articles, videos, and quick tips from our certified dog trainers and behavior consultants.

What Can Sprained Ankles Teach Us About Dog Behavior Modification?

Parallels in Physical Rehabilitation & Behavior Modification Programs If you’re working on a behavior modification plan to help your dog with fear, anxiety, or aggression issues, chances are you’ve pondered (or asked your trainer) at least one of the following questions along the way: Is all this “management” really necessary right now? Aren’t we just avoiding...
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How-to: Use Tether Time to Teach Your Dog Settling Skills

Do you have an active young dog who never stops moving, except when they’re asleep? Tether Time can be a great, effective way to teach puppies and adolescent dogs how to relax and settle at home. With practice, your busy young dog will begin to appreciate (or at least tolerate) The Art of Doing Nothing...
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Counterconditioning & Desensitization: Changing an Emotional Response

Most dogs who display reactive or aggressive behaviors – lunging, barking, growling – do so in large part because they FEEL a certain way about their triggers: fearful, anxious, frustrated, or some combination of the three. Just like with people, a dog’s emotions have a big influence on their behavior. If they no longer feel...
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Practice Makes Perfect: Avoid Rehearsing Unwanted Behaviors

By Dr. Emily Levine, DACVB & Dr. Chris Pachel, DACVB Practice makes perfect, right? This statement is true for dogs as much as for people!  The behaviors your dog “practices” are the ones likely to be repeated again in the future – regardless of whether those behaviors are ones we like, such as sitting on...
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How-To: Using a Kong Station for Overexcited Greeters

Is your dog an overexcited greeter when guests come to visit, or when you come home from work? If you LOVE that your dog is happy to see you and your visitors, but wish they were a little more calm and polite, try one of our favorite, simple solutions to reduce entryway shenanigans: The KONG®...
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Sniffing Away the Winter Blues: Intro to Nosework

By Lauren Jones Wenzel, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Instinct Englewood Snowstorms. Ice. Sleet. Freezing temperatures. Salt on the sidewalks. None of those make for enjoyable outside playtime with your pup!  If you have a young or high energy dog, winter can present some real hurdles to providing enough physical exercise. Believe it or not, mental...
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