Posts filed under: Training and Behavior

  Recently, on an unseasonably warm winter evening, Paul and I were sitting outside on the patio of our favorite local restaurant, Triumph Brewing Company. Like moths to a flame, we were drawn to the dog who was sitting out...
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All I Want for Christmas Working in an animal shelter, I see all manner of behavior- all day, every day. From animals…and from people. I see happy, I see sad, I see conflicted, I see scared. It may look different...
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As a dog trainer, I put a lot of effort into reframing key principles of animal learning for clients, avoiding the use of technical jargon.  They’re looking for help with their dogs, not a lecture on applied behavior analysis or...
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On Sunday, May 8th, 2016, Women’s Humane Society in Bensalem, PA. will be hosting Debbie Jacobs, author of A Guide to Living With & Training A Fearful Dog. Debbie is an expert in treating fear and anxiety in dogs and...
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The conversation usually goes something like this:  “Can I meet him?” “No, he’s going to stay in his crate” . . . “But I feel bad that he’s in his crate” “Don’t. He’s perfectly happy there” . . .  “Is...
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We featured you in your role as Manager of Behavior and Training for the MD SPCA a while back. What’s been happening in your career since then? Gosh, it feels like tons!  After several years of making some pretty dramatic...
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One of my jobs is to serve as the initial point of contact for MalenaDeMartini.com. In this job, I walk prospective clients through what a separation anxiety protocol will look like, take some history and empathize, empathize, empathize. By and...
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Recently, I have read some things that I’ve found a bit upsetting, and have been trying to remind myself that this mission we are on is a marathon and not a sprint. Here, I am talking specifically about our mission...
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  Most of us in animal welfare have a pretty negative conditioned emotional response to the word “tether.” It evokes images of emaciated dogs in filthy yards attached to heavy chains. In most cities, animal laws preclude owners from keeping...
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How many times have you encountered in a dog, or have seen in your own, behaviors that have been positively reinforced, even though reinforcement was either not intended, or the exact opposite (punishment) was the expected outcome? It happens *ALL*...
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