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Animal Behavior

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Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

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Dog Parks: The Good, the Bad, and the Reality

Dog Parks: The Good, the Bad, and the Reality

According to the most recent report issued by the Trust for Public Land (TPL) (2019), dog parks “are among the fastest growing park amenities in the combined parks systems of the 100 largest US cities. There are currently 810 dedicated dog parks in the 100 largest cities, an increase of 37 ...

What Makes a Good Temperament?

What Makes a Good Temperament?

It is a common misconception that “All a dog needs is love” or “It’s how you raise them” to increase the chances – or even “guarantee” – a dog will have a good temperament. And although these things are very important, there are a lot more factors that affect how a dog will behave at ...

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Trick Bunnies

Trick Bunnies

Rabbits are highly sensitive, smart, and sensible. They quickly thread environmental events together in a pattern and have a highly perceptive understanding of what is going on. Teaching them is not unlike teaching puppy class, where you ...

Once More, with Feeling

Once More, with Feeling

Observation of cats across a multitude of research studies shows they frequently monitor their environment, evaluating what’s around them and adjusting their responses to suit. Those responses are influenced by their emotional ...

Management of An Aggressive, Fearful, or Reactive Dog

Management of An Aggressive, Fearful, or Reactive Dog

If you cannot walk your dog safely or if you continue to expose him to his triggers, you are better off staying at home. If you do take him for walks, choose locations and times when you are least likely to encounter his ...

Handler Signals in Dog Training

Handler Signals in Dog Training

While much of dog training seems to be focused on the dog, smart trainers know that handlers can and do affect their dog’s behavior and learning. Masters of body language subtleties, dogs are finely attuned to us, aware of how we move, act, ...

Examining Anxiety Traits and Breed Specifics

Examining Anxiety Traits and Breed Specifics

Noise sensitivity was the most common anxiety trait with 32% of dogs being fearful of at least one noise, of which fear of fireworks was the most common subtrait with a prevalence of 26%: “The prevalence of noise ...

Setting the Right Criteria

Setting the Right Criteria

Why do trainers and dogs reach these impasses? When progress plateaus, trainers begin to consider more invasive measures. Dogs risk being sent to boot camps and being subjected to shock or prong collars because “treat training” didn’t work. ...

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 ...

Lessons from Exotics

Lessons from Exotics

As my experience working with this lemur pair shows, training the multiple varieties of species the exotic world encompasses helps us fine-tune our application and understanding of the Laws of Behavior: What does that behavior mean? When ...

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