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Thinking Outside the Shelter

Thinking Outside the Shelter

Behavioral services for companion animals can be so resource intensive that shelter administrators may consider in-house behavior programs to be a luxury rather than a necessity.

When shelter leadership does take a chance on starting up a behavior department, minimal funding is often ...

Dog Parks: The Good, the Bad, and the Reality

Dog Parks: The Good, the Bad, and the Reality

According to the most recent report issued by the Trust for Public Land (TPL) (2019), dog parks “are among the fastest growing park amenities in the combined parks systems of the 100 largest US cities. There are currently 810 dedicated dog parks in the 100 largest cities, an increase of 37 ...

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Testament to Targeting

Testament to Targeting

Training is not a luxury, but a key component to good animal care,” states Ramirez (qtd. in Gordon, 2012). Working with an animal on a targeting behavior helps to build a solid foundation for a positive relationship; because it does not ...

Trigger Warning!

Trigger Warning!

We’re all familiar with the term “threshold,” the magical line where, when kept under it, our dogs can focus and learn. During behavior consultations, the concept of a threshold and how to stay under it are, in my opinion, a trainer’s best ...

The Escape Artist Dog

The Escape Artist Dog

By Beth Napolitano

According to PAWS (2019), we are justified in worrying about our dogs’ safety when we are out with them in public places: “Escaping is a serious problem for both you and your dog, as it can have tragic ...

Considering Canine Aggression from a Scientific Perspective

Considering Canine Aggression from a Scientific Perspective

By Susan Nilson

“The skull shape is going to determine the bite level. There’s a lot of stuff that goes into the amount of damage done by a bite and very little of it has to do with the dog’s ability to control himself. A dog ...

Humane Education

Humane Education

By Stephanie Peters

Humane programs that incorporate animal interaction have a profound capacity to help students on a personal level. Angel Banuelos-Price is a fifth grade teacher at Boone Middle School and ...

A Better Awareness of Overarousal

A Better Awareness of Overarousal

By Anna Bradley

When mentioning “arousal” or “overarousal,” dog owners may have some idea as to their definition, but in my experience the consensus seems to be that the terms generally refer to negative ...

Busting the Muzzle Myth

Busting the Muzzle Myth

By Rachel Brix

Walking the busy streets of our small tourist town with my dog, the looks on people's faces range from confusion, to disgust, to laughter, to disapproval, to openmouthed, wide-eyed shock. The ...

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