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There’s Nothing Simple about Dog Play

Dogs’ play behavior has, over time, been attributed to a variety of factors. It provides puppies practice for adult behaviors. Play with humans is about "dominance." Play with other dogs is about "dominance" or "status." It’s a replacement ...

Treats or Bingos?

Traditionally, tidbits given to dogs outside their regular meals are labeled 'treats'. Pet shops sell 'treats' and we traditionally refer to any food the dog gets by hand for doing nothing as a 'treat'. I feel this 'treat' word can sometimes ...

Cats in a Dog’s World

Cats communicate in a variety of ways. Those of us who are most familiar with canines can often have difficulty differentiating the signals that cats send in attempts to communicate their intent. While many of us prefer to work with dogs, it ...

Positive Is a Perception: Empathy to Understand the Perception of the Other

Two things happened to me recently that set me off thinking about positive reinforcement from the recipient’s perspective.  Firstly I read a very negative review of positive reinforcement training through a Facebook blog. The writer was ...

All I Want for Christmas…

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is an e-collar…that I can use without violating my professional ethics. Thanks to modern technology and micro circuitry dog owners and trainers alike enjoy a variety of devices for use in ...

Five Ways to Survive the Holidays with your Dog

'Tis the season of family, laughter, fun and joy.   Gift giving, good eating, and relaxing are

Just an Ordinary Dog!

My dog Jambo is a Trick Dog Champion. In fact, he was the first Staffordshire Bull Terrier to be awarded the Title. Jambo is an adorable, loving pet dog. Jambo is not an exceptional dog. He isn’t particularly athletic. He isn’t unusually ...

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