Dr. Savage’s Science-Based and Experience Driven Dog Training Blog


Explore our blogs below to learn more about common dog training and behavior concerns.

Our dog training blog identifies common concerns about dog behavior and answers everyday questions with our science based background and our hands-on daily experience. See how Beyond the Dog has contributed to the field of applied animal behavior not only through practice, but through contributions to the scientific community.

Wolf in the forest sunset

Debunking the “Alpha Dog” Myth 

Many people train their dogs based on theories about dominance, specifically the theory that there is one ultra-dominant alpha among wild wolves leading the rest of the pack. Some trainers give advice

Tabby Cat sitting in the litter box looking up

Why is My Cat Not Using the Litter Box? 

Is your cat not using the litter box? Inappropriate elimination can be an extremely frustrating problem for cat owners. A few accidents turn into your cat regularly missing the litter box. Your

Dog looking aggressive with bone teeth showing

Why is My Dog Resource Guarding?

Resource guarding in dogs is a problem behavior that has caused my clients some of the most stress, confusion, and concern. You grab a sock from your dog’s mouth and are met


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