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Good Dog! And the Rockets’ Red Scare: Helping Your Freaked Dog

by Judith Bell, Certified Dog Trainer and BAT Trainer “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.” Ah, the fourth of July, an inspiring summer holiday that reminds us that our freedom is precious and that summer doesn’t start in Washington until…

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Good Dog! Managing Overzealous Door Greetings When You Get Home

by Judith Bell, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and BAT Trainer Dear Judith, I read your article last week about how to teach a proper door greeting with visitors. But what can I do about how my dog acts when I come home from work? When I open the door he lunges at me and barks, begging…

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Good Dog! How to Teach a Proper Door Greeting with Visitors, Followed by Martinis

by Judith Bell, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified BAT Trainer Hi Judith, My dog gets very excited when we have company. He barks and jumps, and it is difficult to get him to settle down. How can I get him to behave better when we have visitors? I think some of our friends wince…

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Good Dog! Training and the Blinkery Adolescent Bow Wow Brain

by Judith Bell, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified BAT Trainer Dear Judith, I’ve just acquired a 12-week-old puppy who I’m not sure if I need to take a class. He seems pretty bright, and I’ve taught him how to sit and come. Does he need to go to a class, and will he need…

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Good Dog! Why the Chicken Crossed the Road

by Judith Bell, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified BAT Trainer Dear Judith, We just added a chicken coop to our back yard. The hens are fully protected, but my three dogs have reacted by harassing them from the other side of the wire fence. My youngest dog whines and licks her chops at them,…

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Good Dog! How to Stop Jealous Snapping

by Judith Bell, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified BAT Trainer Dear Judith, Our dog Katie is a 10-year-old Border Collie. We had a cat when we rescued Katie. They got along (barely) but tolerated each other. The cat died two years ago. Now we have an 8-month-old ragdoll cat who is a hoot and…

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Good Dog! Choosing and Integrating a New Dog

by Judith Bell, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified BAT Trainer Hi Judith, Can you offer some advice on how to integrate a new dog into our household? We already have one dog, Kiwi, and would like to add another but we’re not sure how to go about it. What if the dogs don’t like…

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Good Dog! Folly and Wisdom from a Trainer on Vacation with Her Dogs

by Judith Bell, Professional BAT Certified Dog Trainer, January 2, 2013, 1 p.m. I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s the one week of the year when all the rules are relaxed. Holiday mode. You can eat all the cookies you want, drink a hot toddy in the middle of the day,…

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Good Dog! Why You Should Wait Until After Christmas to Get That Puppy

by Judith Bell, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, December 19, 2012, 12:20 p.m. Dear Judith, I am considering getting my children a puppy for Christmas. Is this a good idea? And should we buy a puppy from a breeder or go through a shelter? Sincerely, Linda Dear Linda, It seems like the ultimate Christmas gift for…

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Our Own Judith Bell 1 of 10 in Nation to Earn Distinguished BAT Dog Training Certification

11:09 a.m. Judith Bell, owner of BeauJes Dog Training and a regular contributor to Inside Bainbridge, has earned her Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) certification, making her one of the first ten dog trainers in the country to meet the program’s strict certification requirements. BAT, which involves no actual bats (!), is a low-stress, nonaversive technique…

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Good Dog! How to Make Aggressive/ Anxious Growlers Purr

by Judith Bell, Certified Professional Dog Trainer Dear Judith: I believe in taking my dog for a walk every day, but when he sees another dog he goes nuts! There’s lots of growling, lunging, and barking. I am so worried and embarrassed that I’ve started walking him early in the morning when no one else…

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Good Dog! Managing Territorial Barking

by Judith Bell, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, November 23, 2012, 11:48 a.m. Hi Judith: How can I refocus my dog’s attention away from barking and running towards people who walk by the house? I know that it’s just territory marking and letting them know that she is there, but I would like for her to recognize…

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Good Dog! Debunking the Alpha Myth

by Judith Bell, Dog Behaviorist, November 9, 2012, 10:10 a.m. Dear Judith, We just got a new puppy and people keep telling us we need to show the puppy who’s boss, that we need to dominate her and be the alpha dog in her pack. We got a puppy because we wanted to have a…

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Good Dog! Steps to off-Leash Control

by Judith Bell, Dog Behaviorist, October 5, 2012, 7:05 p.m. Hey, dog lovers. We have a prize for you! Submit your dog behavior question to Judith, and your name will be entered in a raffle to win a $25 gift certificate at B.I. Barkery, a shop for dogs and the people who love them, located…

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Good Dog! Man Hits His “Bad” Dog: Violence Begets Violence

by Judith Bell, Dog Behaviorist, September 4, 2012, 12:15 p.m. Hey, dog lovers. We have a prize for you! Submit your dog behavior question to Judith, and your name will be entered in a raffle to win a $25 gift certificate at B.I. Barkery, a shop for dogs and the people who love them, located…

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Good Dog: Doggone Door Dashers! (Win Prize)

by Judith Bell, Dog Behaviorist, July 31, 2012, 5 a.m. Hey, dog lovers. We have a prize for you! Submit your dog behavior question to Judith, and your name will be entered in a raffle to win a $25 gift certificate at B.I. Barkery, a shop for dogs and the people who love them, located…

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Good Dog! Dirty Hairy on Your Couch?

by Judith Bell, Dog Behaviorist, July 18, 2012, 11:06 a.m. Hi Judith: How do I get my dogs not to go on one couch if they have privileges on another? We have a crummy couch in our office that our older dog sleeps on all the time, and we don’t want to remove that privilege…

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Good Dog! The Play Police

by Judith Bell, Dog Behaviorist, June 19, 2012 Hi Judith! How do I get my 13-year-old black lab/mystery mix, Zee, to stop barking incessantly when dogs around her are playing? Thanks, Julia   Hi Julia. Remember your recess monitor when you were a kid? Always trying to keep things under control! Sometimes older dogs think…

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Good Dog! Teaching Come

by Judith Bell, Dog Behaviorist, June 5, 2012 Hi, Judith, My dog has a perfect come indoors and in class. But once he gets outdoors, he runs off to explore. I even have to put his leash on to get from the car to the house. I know the problem was not training a solid…

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Good Dog! A New Column by Trainer Judith Bell

by Judith Bell, Dog Behaviorist, May 22, 2012 Do you remember the TV show “Lassie”? Lassie was a beautiful Collie who did everything she was asked as if she’d known how to do it all her life. She always came when called, never jumped on people, and never had an accident in the house. She…

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