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Pet Professional Guild Announces Second Virtual Force-Free Training Competition

The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has rolled out the guidelines for its second international virtual community event, The International Day of Celebration for Force-Free Training and Pet Care ...

When is Dog Training Like a Video Game?

 

My kids and I have been playing a game called Botanicula on my iPad. It's one of those intuitive, trial and error games with no instructions. In each scene of this ...

Yes!

I am just back from ClickerExpo here in the UK and found the whole thing incredibly reinforcing. I gained a deeper understanding of things I thought I already knew. Having been immersed in so much positivity for three days, back home I am ...

Growl versus Scowl

Growling is often punished. If we understand that growling is communication and that there are many different types of growls, then we would respond as if a human was scowling at us.

Sudden Death

The original title of this post was "I'm Broke, But My Dogs Are Fixed!" Sadly, that is no longer the case. I still am broke, only like all good short stories we read in school, this one took a surprising turn that I would not have ...

Socialization — Rolling with the Punches

By Bob McMillan Oona, my Irish wolfhound puppy, is about to turn 15 weeks old. Depending on which studies you follow, her developmental window for socialization is now closed or is closing fast. Adolescence is upon us — the wild child phase. ...

In Defense Of Treats–And The Dogs Who Love Them

“My dog will do anything as long as there are treats.” Don’t dog owners say this all the time? Often the tone is light, with a grin and a “that's a dog for you” wink. But sometimes it’s got an undertone, an edge. Some owners wonder ...

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