Every so often chatter increases about different training protocols used to teach “reactive” dogs to stop barking, lunging, snarling, growling, and the like. This week, the chatter revolved around a method called Constructional Aggression Therapy, or “CAT” for short. (This is not a new method. It’s been around for a while, but it’s popped up […]
HI! I'm Tracy Krulik--writer, dog trainer, health nut, and big-time Miami Hurricanes and Washington Nationals fan. When I started freelancing for "Washington Post Express" in 2012, my only goal was to write; the topic didn't matter. But through the years I found myself pitching more and more "pet" stories and now have articles for peoplez and their petz in other publications including "The Washington Post," "The Bark" magazine, and the APDT "Chronicle of the Dog." On March 27, 2017, in collaboration with Jean Donaldson's Academy for Dog Trainers, I launched ispeakdog.org, my new website to teach everyone everything they ever wanted or needed to know about dog body language and behavior. Visit my website www.tracykrulik.com for more information.
“Tracy Krulik — You cured your dog’s separation anxiety. What are you going to do next?” “I’m going to Disney World!!!!!” It’s true! I really did cure Emma’s separation anxiety, and in a couple of weeks I will be heading to Orlando. I’m actually going down for the Pet Professional Guild’s annual summit, where I […]
On my never-ending journey to help Emma the Beagle not just overcome her fears but also find joy in our human world, I’ve learned how the best dog behaviorists and trainers in the world do it. The tried-and-true method is called “desensitization and counterconditioning,” often referred to as “DSCC.” Most dog trainers and savvy guardians […]
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: My dog used to love to play with other dogs, and then one day she didn’t. A couple of years ago, Emma suddenly became snarky — growling, snarling, snapping, and lunging at other dogs. So hubz and I stopped letting her near them. Because of it, the “problem” […]
Unsurprisingly, my post on dominance this week received some backlash. “Are you saying dominance doesn’t exist?” some asked. “We just need to teach people how to use the word properly,” others suggested. Let me set the record straight: I am not saying dominance does not exist. If world-class ethologists such as Marc Bekoff and Alexandra […]
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