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Dog Speak: The Language of Barking

Dog Speak: The Language of Barking

  At a recent public event I attended, the question asked most by companion dog owners was, "How do I get my dog to stop barking?" As professionals, of course, the first thing we want to do is ask more questions. "When does the dog bark?", "What time of day?", "What are they ...
BARKS Podcast with Dr. Kristina Spaulding of Science Matters Academy of Animal Behavior

BARKS Podcast with Dr. Kristina Spaulding of Science Matters Academy of Animal Behavior

Join Niki Tudge and PPG Canine Committee chair Judy Luther as they Chat and Chuckle with Dr. Kristina Spaulding of PPG corporate partner, Science Matters Academy of Animal Behavior. The trio ...
Pups and the Power of Positive Touch

Pups and the Power of Positive Touch

  Don't you just love being able to have that closeness with your dog? The snuggling in, the mutual touch, and just really enjoying each other's affection? But sadly it's not ...

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Phoenix Blog Competition: Blake’s Story – Adopting a Prison Program Dog

Phoenix Blog Competition: Blake’s Story – Adopting a Prison Program Dog

By Rhonda York One of the many things I get to do as a dog trainer is train inmates at the Federal Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas in tandem with the Leavenworth County Humane Society. It helps both the residents and dogs and we work together to train the dogs in the program to have ...

Young Dogs Might Be More Similar to Human Teenagers Than We Think: New Research

By Naomi D. Harvey and Lucy Asher Speak to many dog owners and they will tell you that their once perfectly behaved puppy started to become “difficult” at around six to 12 months of age. There are articles all over the internet that advise owners on how to cope with teenage dogs. But ...
Networking for Success

Networking for Success

By Niki Tudge "More business decisions occur over lunch and dinner than any other time, yet no MBA courses are given on the subject." - Peter Drucker Networking is an effective way to spread your value through those around you. Understanding the basic mechanics of networking will increase ...
BARKS Podcast with Veronica Sanchez of Cooperative Paws Service Dog Education: September 9, 2020

BARKS Podcast with Veronica Sanchez of Cooperative Paws Service Dog Education: September 9, 2020

Join Niki Tudge as she chats with Veronica Sanchez of Cooperative Paws Service Dog Education about the service dog industry, public access dogs, and the concept of at-home service dogs, as well as her new program, Mobility Task Training How-To’s.   Listen to Podcast here on a choice of ...
Preventing Resource Guarding in Dogs

Preventing Resource Guarding in Dogs

Resource guarding is a dog’s natural tendency to protect valued possessions such as food, toys or resting locations. From a dog’s perspective, the approach of a person or animal is a potential threat to losing the valued possession. The behavior reflects a lack of trust and a fear of ...
Phoenix Blog Competition: Choices Matter

Phoenix Blog Competition: Choices Matter

By Maria Zarate As a veteran shelter professional, I’ve always sought outside the box to find effective and efficient methods to help residents skill build. Here are three “go to” methods we use regularly in the shelter environment and I hope you find them helpful too. Pillow Case ...
The Importance of Ethograms

The Importance of Ethograms

By Dr. Sheryl L. Walker With a background in behavior analysis and animal behavior, I am easily captured by behavior in the wild. I was driving to work a couple of weeks ago and stopped to watch a family of geese walk across the street. One adult was in the front, one adult was at the back, ...
BARKS Podcast with Laurie C. Williams of Pup ‘N Iron: September 4, 2020

BARKS Podcast with Laurie C. Williams of Pup ‘N Iron: September 4, 2020

Niki Tudge is joined by Laurie C. Williams the Owner of Pup 'N Iron® in Virginia to discuss diversity in the dog training profession. Listen to Podcast here on a choice of platforms. Or simply click ‘Play’ below. Laurie C. Williams CPDT-KA has had a love of and connection with dogs from ...
Phoenix Blog Competition: Traumatized Dog

Phoenix Blog Competition: Traumatized Dog

By Rhonda York Claire, an Aussie/cattle dog mix, came to live with us in May 2016. When I brought her home to foster her, I had no idea how to help her. She was completely unsocialized to humans and utterly terrified of everyone and everything—except for my two Labs, Angel and Buddy. I ...