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.

Person communicating with a dog

How Do I Communicate With My Dog

Do you ever wonder what your dog is thinking? Dogs primarily communicate nonverbally. Instead, they rely on their body language. Communicating using body language seems to be something innate in dogs or,

friendly or neutral dog behavior

Identifying Body Language in Dogs

One might think that since dogs cannot speak, it is more challenging to communicate with them. Indeed, this might be the case if words were always valid. Dogs lacking words make communicating

Australian Shepherd Dog

How Can I Help My Reactive Dog?

Reactivity, whether that be on leash, in the backyard, or even when guests come over can be uncomfortable at best and potentially dangerous at worst. Training for dogs that behave in reactive

Does Positive Reinforcement Work with Dogs?

Does Behavior Modification Work with Dogs?

Before diving too deep, if you have question about what exactly, is behavior modification, check out our first blog here.  Behavior modification has been used to study organisms from pigeons and rats


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