Dr. Deva Khalsa, VMD
Similar to Alzheimer’s disease in humans, Canine Cognitive Dysfunction is caused by physical changes in the brain and its chemicals. Past studies have shown that some older dogs with CCD have brain lesions similar to those that physicians see in Alzheimer’s patients. The result result of these changes is a deterioration of how your dog thinks, learns, and remembers, which causes behavioral changes that can disrupt the lives of both you and your dog. If your senior dog doesn’t seem to be herself, she may be part of the large percentage of dogs age 10 and older who experience some symptoms of CCD, which include various stages of confusion and disorientation.
Your dog may have CCD if she has a number of the following behaviors:
After graduation from basic skills, You are ready to join our member training program. You and your dog have learned many new skills, but now, practice is needed to make them permanent and reliable.
While some members are serious trainers with goals of earning titles and showing their dogs, Many just want a pet that they can rely on.
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Does your dog jump on you and your guests?
Keep in mind, dogs do what pays off. So somehow, jumping up is paying off for your dog. Is he getting attention for jumping up? Is he not getting attention when he isn't jumping up? Often pet owners think scolding a dog for jumping up should teach them not to jump when, in reality, the dog wants that owner eye contact and direct interaction. Think through what your dog is getting out of this unwanted behavior and how you might give him what he wants for not jumping.
What is a lure, a bribe & a reward?
By Linda Gantert, BCDTC member
What is a Lure??
A lure — food or a toy — is presented BEFORE a desired
behavior specifically to entice the dog to perform the required response voluntarily and on cue. When luring dogs, it is taken for granted that the dog would gladly do what we want if only he knew what we wanted him to do. Luring specifically teaches the dog what response is required for each command. Luring teaches the meaning of the commands. Without the use of lures, the dog may be perfectly willing & eager to please but has no idea what we want him to do, like asking a novice dog to sit for example. In fact, the dog may have no idea that we want him to do anything at all.
What is a Reward?
Rewards are given to the dog AFTER the desired response to reinforce the immediately preceding appropriate behavior so it is more likely to occur again in the future. The dog’s favorite treat, toys, games, activities & of course, affection may all be used effectively. Additionally, praise is a great reward since it can be used at almost any time & in any scenario; like the dog is some distance away.
What is a Bribe?
A bribe, again food or a toy, is offered or promised before a required behavior in an attempt to coerce the dog to perform the specific command. But some dogs may accept the bribe but then still refuse to do what the trainer wants. Other dogs may comply if a bribe is in the offering but otherwise refuse. Not only is bribery ineffective but it may create training problems. Bribe-contingent reliability is the most common problem created not only by dog trainers but parents & politicians as well.
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