Have you ever wondered why some dogs can walk down a path with their owner, encountering many dogs, but remain completely unfazed? Yet, other dogs see one single dog off in the distance and absolutely lose it. We’re talking about why this happens, the ability of dogs to regulate their emotions, and how we can help them. Plus, what you need to know about habituation and how dogs can grow the capacity to tune things out.

In the episode you'll hear:

  • The stages of a dog's emotional regulation from reactivity to white noise.
  • About deconditioning triggers from reactivity through habituation.
  • If non-reactivity is possible for all dogs.
  • The difference between inhibited biting and true aggression in dogs.
  • That humans also have healthy and toxic ways of emotional self-soothing.
  • Why expecting more of our dog's emotional intelligence than our own is unfair.
  • 10 tips on helping your dog overcome stress and anxiety.
  • Examples of dysregulation in dogs and why it's not the same as reactivity.
  • To gauge expectations of your dog based on your own animal behavior education.
  • How to be aware of your dog's communication via their behavior.
  • How to co-regulate your dog's emotions in the heat of the moment.
  • A plan to move from co-regulation to self-regulation.
  • The reason why every sport dog I've owned has won a national championship.
  • The key data to record during dysregulated episodes.
  • How to teach your dog to make good choices.
  • The roles of skill, will and environment in your dog's decision making.

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