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Dog Play and Prediction Error

Dog play is comprised of “ritualized aggression”, and aggression is rooted in fear. In ritualized aggression, there are varying degrees of fear/stress/aversions, along the spectrum from slight stress to possibly full blown fear, that ...

Four Steps to a Thriving Group Class Program

By Veronica Boutelle of PPG corporate partner, dogbiz Do any of these group training class challenges sound familiar?
  • Students who tell you their ...

Case Study: Stress and Fights in a New Home Living with Another Dog

An elderly family member is no longer able to look after her dog, so her Cairn terrier Ben has gone to live with a couple and their dog Bonnie, a Labrador cocker spaniel mix. She’s small in size, no bigger than a cocker.

From 1 to 2…Smoothing the Transition

So you've decided after much decision and debate that another four-legged member will join your household.  It's definitely something that needs lots of careful consideration: A quick checklist to think about:
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Hide My Deaf/Blind Dog Away?

By Debbie Bauer Here is my handsome, clever, fun-loving boy Vinny on our recent trip to Purina Farms.  This picture was taken at their Visitor Center and he is smiling, which is his ...

Book Review: Puppy Training

Recently I read a Kindle book on the subject of house training a dog, written by Alexandra Santos. I recognized her from a Pet Professional Guild webinar I attended on August 6, 2019 titled Fear Learning and How to Work With Fearful ...

Does a Wagging Tail Mean a Happy Dog?

Zani’s tail is up, and you’ll see in the video below that it is wagging. Does she look friendly ...

Case Study: Puppy Joyfulness Lost, Tail Between Legs, Acts Cautious

Hettie is an adorable Cockerpoo puppy who is now 16 weeks old. For the first four weeks that Hettie was with them (8 to 12 weeks old), she was a typical confident, happy and energetic puppy. She would fly around in puppy joyfulness, grab ...

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