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Advocating for Humane Techniques

Advocating for Humane Techniques

This article examines the scientific data on aversive dog training methods, and discusses:

  • Potential fallout such as habituation, learned helplessness, pain sensitivity, physical damage, emotional damage, and contact force;
  • The ...
How to Manage Dogs with a High Prey Drive

How to Manage Dogs with a High Prey Drive

This article examines what prey drive means, identifying motivations, and adapting the Predatory Motor Sequence to ensure dogs still get the opportunity to perform innate behaviors     By Tracey McLennan Prey drive is one of ...

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Building a Feline Behavior Volunteer Program…from Scratch

Building a Feline Behavior Volunteer Program…from Scratch

At Friends For Life Animal Shelter, keeping pets with their families is at the core of our mission. But Houston has a problem: there are an estimated 1.4 million pet cats living here (American Veterinary Medical Association, 2017) and very ...

Saving Detainees and Dogs, One Life at a Time

Saving Detainees and Dogs, One Life at a Time

Our dog training company, Cold Nose College, has been teaching a dog training program at the Georgia Department of Corrections Colwell Probation Detention Center, a minimum-security, short-term sentencing facility housing probation and ...

A Positive Strategy

A Positive Strategy

As I set up my dog on the start line of an agility course, I want her to feel excited and exhilarated. At the same time, I also want her to feel relaxed within the environment and completely engaged with me, focused on my communication and ...

Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking Outside the Box

Hei Hei is a 13-year-old male cockatiel who, at the time of relinquishment, displayed plucking behavior.

During my first week observing Hei Hei, I noticed that he preferred to be outside the cage. I didn’t notice any plucking ...

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

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

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 walk with my dogs. I would instead be ...

Trick Bunnies

Trick Bunnies

Rabbits are highly sensitive, smart, and sensible. They quickly thread environmental events together in a pattern and have a highly perceptive understanding of what is going on. Teaching them is not unlike teaching puppy class, where you ...

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 ...

Playgroups for Shelter Dogs

Playgroups for Shelter Dogs

Barrier frustration is a common phenomenon…The barrier prevents the dog from accessing other dogs for normal social rituals, resulting in emotions of frustration that wouldn’t be present if the barrier were not ...

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