The magazine for force-free pet professionals

“Trick” is a Very Powerful Word!

Why do I like doing “dog tricks” with my dogs Tessa and Jambo and why do I think everyone should do them with their dogs?
  • Reason no.1: Doing dog tricks is my way of “training” my two dogs, Jambo and Tessa. It’s simple really, I like ...

Electronic Pet Fences: What You Need to Know

Electronic fences, e-fences, radio fences, Invisible Fences™, pet containment fences: they all amount to the same thing. A system where your dog wears a radio controlled electronic collar that shocks him whenever he crosses a certain ...

Life Is a Numbers Game

On August 13, 2013, I forced myself to say goodbye to my senior Jack Russell rescue Minnie Winnie. She had developed intestinal lymphoma that my vet had diagnosed the previous September. I was thankful to have an anonymous sponsor pay for the ...

Drill-Sergeants Not Needed

I’ll never forget the first (and only) time I ended up in a law suit. It was many years ago and I was young and terrified. I had given my landlord a 28 day notice to vacate my apartment, but a 30 day notice was the law. In his complaint, the ...

Get the Best From Your Pet

I read a great quote the other day from a book titled Bringing Out the Best in People by Aubrey Daniels. Here he is talking about positive and negative reinforcement: "It is important to know the difference, because the characteristics of ...

Positive Reinforcement Training and a “Strong” Dog

You have a “strong” dog so you must need to use lots of force to control them, right?   Wrong.

Using positive reinforcement is not only based on science, it is also a fast, effective and fun way of teaching ...

The Importance of Mental as well as Physical Stimulation

People, no matter how much they love their dog, sometimes don't consider how desperately bored and unfulfilled some dogs get if they have little exercise or outlet for his/her breed instincts. People in particular who have not lived with ...

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