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Learn More About Your Dog

From Certified Animal Behavior Consultant

Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC


Bringing your new dog home

We hope that you and your new dog will bond and have a long lasting relationship. To insure that you get started on the right foot we have a few suggestions.

Acclimating an Adult Dog to a Crate

Proven step-by-step guide to crate training your adult dog

Attention-Seeking Behaviors

Eradicating attention-seeking behaviors in your dog


Controlling request, fear, or boredom barking in your dog

Chasing Fast Moving Objects

In order to stop this unwanted behavior we must change the way your dog perceives the object and then condition a new response to the sight of the object.

Crate Training your Puppy

The key to house training your puppy is to reduce the possibility of accidents in the house.

Destructive Chewing in Dogs

Dogs need appropriate chew toys and encouragement in their use, to circumvent destructive chewing habits.

Fear of the Car

Combining systematic desensitization with counterconditioning to help dogs overcome their fear of the car.

Fear of the Vet Office and Medical Procedures

Condition a competing emotional response to help your dog overcome his fears.

House Training

The key to house training your puppy is to prevent accidents inside and to reward successful elimination outside.

Important Things for all Dogs

Exercise, Enrichment, and Positive Reinforcement Training for your dog

Jumping Up

One thing to remember is that jumping up persists because the dog is usually reinforced for doing it.

Owner Guarding – Jealous Behavior

To curb this behavior, you must try to identify the underlying motivation.

Preparing Your Pet for the Arrival of a New Baby

Three step process to prepare your dog for a new family member


Does your dog practically pull your arm off when you take him for a walk?

Puppy Mouthing

Should your puppy be so mouthy?

Puppy Socialization

Socializing a new puppy is the most important thing you can do to create a wonderful dog.

Resource Guarding

Dogs with this problem can become quite aggressive towards anyone who approaches.

Separation Anxiety

Because dogs are social animals, it is not natural for them to be away from their social group (you) for long periods of time.

Submissive Urination

Some dogs will submissively urinate when they are approached by people.

Teaching Recall – “Come”

This is the most important behavior you will teach your dog.

Teaching Your Dog a Quiet Command

Alarm barking is a natural behavior in dogs and we can’t expect to completely eliminate it, but we can learn to control it.

Tethering Your Dog

Tethering is a very useful management technique that controls the movement of the dog in certain situations until he can learn to control himself.

Thunderstorm Phobia

This program is designed to help your dog change the way he feels during a thunderstorm and can be very effective.

Why Dogs Eat Poop

Eating feces, although disgusting to us, is not disgusting to them, its food.

Introducing a New Dog to a Resident Cat

Don’t let the dog have free run of the house unless you are present until you are sure they are fine together.

Introducing a New Dog to a Resident Dog

Step-by-step guide to introducing one dog to another.

Introducing a New Dog to Children

Step-by-step guide to introducing your new dog to your children.