Author Archive: Rebecca Trono - Dog Listener of Vermont

Separation Anxiety – The Myths

I should know better by now than to read articles in journals which claim to have ‘experts’ writing about dog behaviors and how to resolve them. The lack of real knowledge and understanding is astounding…and infuriating. This serves to remind me that very few people have truly studied canine behavior in a meaningful way; ways …

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BEFORE Adopting a Pet

Once again, posts are appearing on Social Media depicting long lines at rescue and shelter facilities of people who are wanting or needing to surrender their pets. This seems to be a common occurrence during the summer months as well as during the holidays; times when people are expecting visitors or when they themselves are …

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National Dog Day

Yay! It’s National Dog Day! All day long I’ve been seeing posts on all of the difference social media platforms, celebrating this special day to proclaim our love for our dogs! Lovely, right? Not so fast. People who believe and claim they love their dogs make some very interesting choices regarding the way they live …

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What’s in Your Mouth?!

I could write a book on this subject alone, how people reinforce the behavior of their dogs who grab things their people don’t want them to have. It often begins when the dog is a puppy and begins to explore the world. Just as exploring babies do, puppies learn about their world by using their …

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Changes are Challenging

This image is supposed to be funny. At one time, I might have thought it was so. Now I know more about dogs and their perspective, and looking at it breaks my heart. People tend to believe that dogs don’t care who they’re with, that they can be dropped off at a moment’s notice to …

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Emmett

This is our Emmett. He’s 11 years old now, a very well-mannered gentleman.   We adopted Emmett from a local shelter at the tender age of 5 months. Adorable puppy, killer cute and loads of charm, with that round, speckled puppy belly and irresistible puppy smell. Things looked good when we brought him home, but …

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We All Look for Authority

We, as so many others in the Eastern part of the U.S., have been living through an Arctic deep freeze. For us, this means that during the coldest parts of the night, our house ‘pops’. The cold makes our house make noises that, if one didn’t know what they were, could make a person think …

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Socialization – the Myth

One of my clients reached out to me with a very upsetting experience this week, asking me what I think of “socialization”. Hmmm… What had happened was that she and her husband had driven to a drop-off point, meeting their dog food distributor, and happened to have brought along their NewFoundland. While they had parked …

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Doomed To Fail

I often read the short, informational write-ups about dogs who are in need of a home and so many of them state the dog is the type that “needs to be with their person”, meaning the dog has suffered separation anxiety in the past, this is just a part of who they are, so they …

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Asking Questions

Any changes in our dog’s environment can cause the dog to “ask questions”, that is display behaviors that we’ve either not seen in quite some time, or display new ones we’ve never seen. In our case, it was my husband’s schedule change once the new school year began. John had been home all summer, all …

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