The magazine for force-free pet professionals

The Challenges of Teenage Dogs

Dog owners are not always prepared for the challenges of a teen-aged dog: This can include their emotional response and sometimes over the top reaction to certain stimuli, 'forgotten' training, increased exercise requirements, ...

No Trainer Is an Island

When I opened my new dog training and behavior consulting business four months ago, I reached out to local veterinarians, groomers and boarding facilities. I also took a little time to research other trainers in my area to see who was out ...

Advocacy is Where You Look for It

In April 2016 I attended the 11th annual Applied Animal Behavior Conference hosted by the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Each year veterinary professionals and students gather to learn about animal behavior, a ...

Things You Don’t Know

There are many myths and misconceptions about dog training, some of which are broadcast on TV or written in popular books. Do you know the truth?
  1. You don’t need to worry about being alpha. Dogs don’t need to be ...

Teaching Your Dog Eye Contact

How many times have you thought to yourself, "I sure wish my dog would focus on me and not x." Well, this is something you can certainly start to tackle by teaching your dog a reliable "Watch" behavior. Imagine, how nice it would be if a ...

Human Attitudes

I’m sure others might feel the same way as I have recently so I have decided to share this as I have found a positive way forward if one is feeling somewhat burned out… The last few months I’ve been feeling slightly overwhelmed with what I ...

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