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Punishment in Animal Training

Punishment in Animal Training

This article examines the growing body of research indicating that reward-based training, and the subsequent absence of stress, anxiety, pain, force, and fear, may improve an animal’s ability to learn; and that aversive training techniques can have adverse effects on a dog's ...
The Pets Left Behind in Ukraine Need You – Here’s How You Can Help Today!

The Pets Left Behind in Ukraine Need You – Here’s How You Can Help Today!

By K. Holden Svirsky

 

This article looks behind the scenes to find out how the animals left behind in Ukraine are being cared for by a dedicated and devoted network of animal lovers and professionals (including photos and video footage). ...

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Advocating for Humane Techniques

Advocating for Humane Techniques

This article examines the scientific data on aversive dog training methods, and discusses:

  • Potential fallout such as habituation, learned helplessness, pain sensitivity, physical damage, emotional ...
E-Fence Fallout

E-Fence Fallout

Labradoodle Charlee...started to respond fearfully when the telephone answering machine beeped. She became afraid to enter the room where it was located, even when there was no beeping sound. She traversed a roundabout route through the ...

The Impact of Social Isolation

The Impact of Social Isolation

Current protocols available vary widely in suggested human interventions to prevent fights. I wonder, though, how much our methods affect fight frequency and intensity. Are there more fights and more injurious fights when we elicit ...
What’s Shocking about Shock?

What’s Shocking about Shock?

By Don Hanson

The Shock-Free Coalition did not come to its conclusion that using shock for the training, care, and management of pets was unnecessary and harmful out of the blue. Its position is based on the careful review of ...

The Journey of a Crossover Trainer

The Journey of a Crossover Trainer

By Nichola Marshall 

My dogs are livestock guardian dogs and some people will tell you that they cannot be trained to be “obedient.” My old girl was trained “old school.” She is a very good girl and now I ...

Canine Aggression: The Public Perception

Canine Aggression: The Public Perception

By Hannah Blumenfeld

I have spent a lot of time watching how people interact with dogs they don't know. A handsome boxer was tied up outside a shop, and a woman went right up to him, got in his face, like ...

Walking the Force-Free Path

Walking the Force-Free Path

By Daniel Antolec

I recently enjoyed a thought-provoking conversation with a respected colleague on the subject of force-free professional dog training and my former career as a police officer. I think her ...

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