Shaping for Shape

popcorn and movie
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Behavior Training & Physical Training: OC for Fitness

I am continuing to find more help in my professional life for my personal life, such as for increasing my physical fitness. There are all kinds of behavioral principles at work here! What’s working for me right now? Continue reading

Storm Watch & Success, Part 5 – Drugs & Alternative Therapies

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Storm Watch

You’ve tried everything — desensitization, counter-conditioning, safe places, and more — and it’s not enough? Or you know your panicked dog needs relief now while you start other protocols. Here are some more tools to consider. Continue reading

Storm Watch & Success, Part 4 – Safe Places & the Mental Continuum

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Storm Watch

As I write this post, thunder is rolling overhead with enough resonance to shake the house. As I write this post, a Doberman is curled up at the foot of my bed. That’s our only storm coping tactic at the moment. How does this work? Continue reading

Storm Watch & Success, Part 3 – Desensitization & Counter-Conditioning

The Cell Block Tango - relevant to storm phobia?
This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Storm Watch

So you’re ready to get started combating storm fear, right? Of all the various tools we’ll cover, these will be the most generally useful for the most cases. Desensitization and counter-conditioning are often confused, and indeed they can be similar. Both involve starting at a very low level of exposure… Continue reading