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Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

This article discusses the importance of ongoing training, learning, and enrichment for dogs, from puppyhood through to old age, and provides suggestions for fun games and activities     By Anna Bradley   I often ...
Fear of Dogs: Expert Tips for Trainers

Fear of Dogs: Expert Tips for Trainers

This article discusses learning to understand how a fear of dogs develops, and presents some strategies that will gradually help reduce that fear     By Stefani M. Cohen LCSW  As dog trainers and pet industry professionals, ...

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Fear at the Vet: Examining Risk Factors

Fear at the Vet: Examining Risk Factors

BARKS: How important is the behavior of the guardian in the context of attending the vet; was this found to have any influence on the dog’s behavior/emotional state?

Petra Edwards: Behavior ...

Itchy Dog or Stressed Dog?

Itchy Dog or Stressed Dog?

The relationship between stress, behavior and animal health is complex and varied. Chronic, long-term stress interacts in various ways with personality type, behavior and immune health in both people and nonhuman animals. It’s not often ...

Reducing Fear – and the Importance of Choice

Reducing Fear – and the Importance of Choice

Counterconditioning is one of the most important techniques in animal training (arguably top five). Simply put, ‘conditioning’ means ‘learning’ and ‘counter’ means ‘opposite.’ Relearning might be another way of putting it. Practically ...

Management of An Aggressive, Fearful, or Reactive Dog

Management of An Aggressive, Fearful, or Reactive Dog

If you cannot walk your dog safely or if you continue to expose him to his triggers, you are better off staying at home. If you do take him for walks, choose locations and times when you are least likely to encounter his ...

The Need for Safety in Learning

The Need for Safety in Learning

It is worth noting that in environments where basic needs cannot easily be met, it is easier to capture feral animals. An animal who is starving or dying of thirst or needs shelter will move into potentially unsafe situations in order to ...

Creating Puppy Zen

Creating Puppy Zen

As soon as puppy comes home, allow her to have a designated place to sleep and rest away from everyone else and the busy household. Puppies will usually sleep 18-20 hours per day (Reisen, 2019). That’s a lot of sleep!

Sleep is ...

Raising a Puppy

Raising a Puppy

Think of your relationship with you puppy as a bank account. Every positive interaction is a deposit and every time you scowl or get cross or punish you make a withdrawal. As soon as your account goes overdrawn then things will most likely ...

Dog Guardian Etiquette

Dog Guardian Etiquette

Let’s say you have a dog who loves to charge about but is also a complete softie (I do!). He’s in area where it’s safe and permitted to be off leash and you see a dog in the distance. You shout, “It’s okay, he’s friendly!” But you have ...

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