July 23, 2020

Is it Time to Add Pushing and Collecting to Your Separation Anxiety Protocols?

“Fear is the collapse of a state of attraction. And because a dog doesn’t discriminate between physical and emotional equilibrium [feelings of] territoriality, phobias, possessiveness, owner addiction, separation anxiety, dominance, submission, all invoke the fear of falling.”        —Kevin Behan

The Anxious Angelino

A few years ago a woman who had just...

July 21, 2020

Curing Separation Anxiety by Understanding Attraction & Resistance.

Making Connections

Everything in the universe is geared toward seeking out connections with some other facet of existence. From sub-atomic particles on up to the need some of us feel to log on to Facebook each morning, the entire universe is about making connections. The underlying theme of how these connections get made - whether it’s the way sodium and chlorine atoms hook up to produce salt...

July 20, 2020

What Causes Separation Anxiety? How Do You Cure It?

Sublimating the Urge to Bite

Dogs learn to navigate their lives with their owners by sublimating some of their instinctual urges and energies, particularly the urge to bite. Sublimation is a concept borrowed from chemistry where a substance like dry ice, goes directly from solid to a gaseous state without first becoming a liquid the way water does. When used by psychologists, the term refers to the ability t...

Are Dogs Fetching the Latest Breakthroughs in Science?

Originally published in slightly different form on August 6, 2010 at PsychologyToday.com.

Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home

Have you ever answered the phone and said, “I was just thinking about you!” Have you ever had a gut reaction to someone because of their bad “vibe?” Has anyone you know experienced a sinking sensation that a child of theirs has just been in a terrible accident, which tu...

September 16, 2019

The Rescue Dogs of 9/11

“We Need a Dog Over Here!”

Originally published on September 7, 2011 by Lee Charles Kelley.

It was about ten minutes before 9 A.M. I was sitting in the kitchen of my apartment on Second Avenue and 69th Street—finishing my breakfast and watching the local morning news—when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. My Dalmatian Freddie was sound asleep.

Mike Sheehan, an old-style political reporter for Fox 5 New York, was stationed downt...

September 26, 2017

When people living with a mental illness were asked what helped them manage their conditions, many listed their pets. In fact, 80 percent of participants said their pets were a crucial part of their support network. There are many ways pets can help people to live mentally healthier lives. The study found that pets were beneficial in helping people to exercise and develop routines. Pets also offered a distraction, reduced the social stigma of mental illness...

June 24, 2017

Sigmund Freud and Two Chow Pups

Do Dogs Have an Uncanny Ability to Retrieve Our Unconscious Desires?

(Originally published in slightly different form on April 21, 2010 at PsychologyToday.com)

Dogs as a Freudian Therapists

In my most recent blog post here I presented the idea that dogs may be telepathic, that is able to feel at a distance what their owners are feeling. This ability is also present in a very common phenomenon most dog owners are either unaware of...

June 24, 2017

How do some dogs know when their owners are coming home?

A Distant Feeling

Have you ever answered the phone and said, “I was just thinking about you!” Have you ever had a gut reaction to someone because you felt they had a bad “vibe?” Has anyone you know experienced a sinking sensation that a child of theirs has just been in a terrible accident, which turned out to be true? These are all examples of telepathy, the ability to sense or feel things about friends...

So What Happened to Annie?

In my previous guest post I wrote about how I discovered that Freudian psychology can and should be applied to dog training, a lesson I learned from a Wheaten terrier named Annie who was obsessively licking the doorknob of her owners’ apartment door.

My recommendations to Annie’s owners were that they “re-puppify” her: Take her back to the days before they’d punished her mouthing, and let her do what she’d been longing to do at the...

This Is Not Annie

Freud is back!

Thanks to recent breakthroughs in neurobiology, much of modern psychology, which for years had minimized Freud’s contributions, has been forced to admit that Freud was right. Not just about some things, but a whole lot of them.

Freud started as a neuroologist, publishing several important and influential papers, and coining terms for psycho-neurological defects such as agnosia (the inability to know things) among several others...

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