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Does Your Dog Think You’re Management Material?

When you hear the word management, I bet you aren’t thinking about your dog. But I and many of my training colleagues work hard every day to change that. Most people think of management as planning, organizing, leading and directing. Every ...

Are You Really Performing Classical Counterconditioning?

What do the following training descriptions have in common?
  • “My dog’s afraid of strangers. But when she stops barking and makes eye contact with me, I give her a treat.”
  • “I hold her foot. Then I give her a treat after I ...

Do Dogs Have a Right to Say NO?

Aren’t dogs supposed to do as they are told and follow so-called "commands?" They are just dogs after all. Interestingly enough, only about 20 years ago we took no for a no and children who approached dogs when they were sleeping or eating were ...

The Emergency Muzzle: An Essential Skill

Report from PPG's Four-Day Pet Care Technician Certification Program Workshop (Part Eight of Eight) This is the final post in a series of eight blogs in which we will share a few of the highlights ...

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