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3 Tips for Changing Your Dogs Behavior

There are many ways to get behavior from an animal, for example you can hold your dog down when he jumps up on you, this may work for you, but the negative is that your dog may start barking more when guest arrive.   Some dogs will become really wiggly and jumpy with strangers as a way of showing appeasement to the guest to ward off that scary punishment of being held down.  This can also make your recall much more difficult as science shows that harsh reprimands can make your dog afraid and avoid you. Science also shows...

My Dog Barks and Jumps on Me!

Dog training is a process of shaping behaviors that are wanted by the human.  With that in mind, why do so many of us reward unwanted behaviors?  I have met many dogs who are still offering bad behaviors even at 2 or 3 years of age.   I believe it is because many humans do not understand what is rewarding to their dog. For example:  Is your dog a problem jumper?   Consider if your dog ever jumps and you say “off” or push his feet off of you, then he sits and you reward with a “good boy” or...

Are you sending the wrong message?

  We have 3 different conversations going on in this photo.  Note the open or closed mouths.  Where are their eyes looking? How are the tails held? Are there any paw lifts? Do you note soft or stiff joints? How about forward or back or lowered ears? Dogs communicate to other dogs using vocalizations and body language.   Many humans accidentally ask their dogs a behavior without even realizing it.  If your dog is repeatedly offering the wrong behavior, could it be what YOU are asking?   I once had a client whose sweet 5 yr old female Scottish...

As President of Canine Behavior Counseling I am dedicated to helping dog owners with new puppies or those with problem dogs. Dogs that are overly aroused, anxious, fearful, dog aggressive, human directed aggressive, dominant, or simply undisciplined are those that I can help using a Positive Approach. My training programs encompass group classes, and personalized one-to-one counseling. I seek to achieve a balanced state of mind and a healthy relationship between the dog and its owners. It is important for dog owners to understand their dogs emotional needs as behaviors are a response to how the dog feels. By providing the proper information and training, the relationship between dog and owner will be a happy and balanced one.

Thank you for visiting my dog training site, if you are interested in learning how to modify your dogs behavior or understanding why your dog’s behavior has changed contact Judy Moore!

Best regards,

Judy Moore,


Judy specializes in individual private behavior modification sessions in Falmouth, Maine. These sessions are tailored to the unique needs of you and your dog.  Problems such as incessant barking, door charging, and other more complex problems are best handled in private Consultation. Learn More >>>

Virtual Sessions

Want to learn how to get your dog to do some basic behaviors, quickly? Watch our videos where you can find information on Basics like learning how to sit, teach a down, teach a target to Beyond the Basics behaviors such as teaching a release cue, teaching a leave it or Shaping Behaviors Using a Clicker.