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Compare My Dog Dot Com!

We most definitely live in a 'comparison society.' Many of us are prone to comparing ourselves to others, their merits or otherwise, what they've achieved, what they own, don't own, their assets – everything, in fact! I find this a lot in ...

A New Trend in Dog Boarding

By Rachel Brix Pioneered by Dr. Hal Markowitz in the 1960s, enrichment originated from a focus on zoo animals. He called zoos “concrete wastelands” (Bender & Strong, 2019) and was determined to improve the ...

Life Beyond Leash Reactivity

As far as behavior consults go, it's fair to say that reactivity is probably my most commonly encountered issue. The term 'reactivity' has become, I feel somewhat of a buzzword over recent years but what I'm referring to in this post is dogs ...

Why You Should Avoid “Obedience” Training Tactics for Dogs and Consider this Alternative Instead

By Animal Courses Direct Firstly, let’s look at the definition of obedience – ‘It is a form of social influence that involves acting on the orders of an authority figure.’ The word ‘obey’ is all over the internet ...

The Essence of a Dog: A Free Education from a Free Choice Walk

By Kristi Benson One cold day last spring, snow still clinging to the ground and ceding to the warm sun only on the tips of south-facing hillocks, I decided to do something new. I wouldn’t walk my dogs; nor would I ...

A Safe Escape

By Dr. Lisel O’Dwyer The Adelaide Hills, South Australia have recently faced severe brushfires, an unfortunate situation that has prompted the discussion of the logistical differences between evacuating and housing ...

The Itch to Scratch

By Andrea Carne  Regardless of whichever behavior issue I have been called upon to assist a cat guardian with – whether it be inappropriate toileting, aggression towards humans, or aggression between cats in a ...

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