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BARKS Blog

Lives of Streeties – A Study on Free Ranging Dogs

This Christmas I gave myself a gift. I finally permitted myself to publish my study on street dogs in Bangalore, India. I have been working at it for a year and I am thrilled to present it finally. The idea for the study was sparked when my ...

Training ‘Thoughtfully’

Many of you will know that I think all training should be fun but science-based.  I teach all behaviors as ‘tricks’ because I believe that, in doing so, we set up both trainer and learner for success.  Whether teaching a ‘stay’, a ‘recall’, a ...

What New Pet Owners May Not Know

I recently came across an article in which the author spoke about why people give up exotic birds…and it got me ...

Happy New Year! Happy New Life!

First impressions are often lasting ones and so it was with my first behavior case involving a two-year old Australian Shepherd named Ranger. He was in the custody of a breed rescue and was deemed beyond hope. Ranger was destined for euthanasia ...

Empathy for Human Learners

As I develop as a teacher I’ve been revisiting some of my experiences as learner, empathically engaging with my human clients who might be struggling with new skills. Being a good learner is something I last thought about seriously when I ...

One of the Most Important Things to Teach Your New Puppy

By now, your new puppy is adjusting well to his new family. You probably already have started him in a good, positive puppy training class. After all, you have heard time and time again, that you should be socializing your puppy. Puppy ...

A Revelation about Resolutions

Platform Fun Over the years, I’ve made many New Year’s resolutions to lose ...

Does Size Matter?

A dog's size influences his or her behavior. We sort of know this don't we. What about people? Our stereotype of a hyper and talkative person who is constantly on the move would be a small person, and a slow-talking, slow moving thinker ...

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