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Help the Animals in Ukraine – Inspiring Fundraiser Update

Help the Animals in Ukraine – Inspiring Fundraiser Update

By Dr. Marina Bayeva   Dear Supporters, I am happy to bring you the latest update for the Help Animals Survive the War in Ukraine fundraiser - both the big picture and the individual shelter updates. Highlights include:   Animals finding new homes even ...
The Right Choice

The Right Choice

Anna Bradley discusses learning environments for puppies, explaining why classes may not be the best option for all puppies and why one-to-one training can be far more beneficial – depending on the dog
Please Don’t Touch

Please Don’t Touch

Susan Claire shares a tale of nature versus nurture based on her experiences with Zia, whose reluctance to be touched led her to seek a behavioral consult to help snap her out of the training impasse she suddenly found herself in

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Lawn Chemicals and Dogs

Spring is a time when people work and play on their lawns. It is also when many folks apply weed killers. I did so for years and thought nothing of it.  Then in 2016 I read an article in a local newspaper and learned that a nearby village was spraying a particular brand of lawn chemical in a ...

BARKS Podcast with Marco Adda: May 7, 2019

Guest: Freelance canids researcher, Marco Adda. Topic: PPG Webinar:  Free-Ranging Bali Dogs:  Behavior, Lifestyle, Personality and Preservation Free-ranging dogs are one of the most widely distributed carnivores in the world, yet scientists are only just beginning to study their behavior. They ...

Dog Tired? When Exercise Wakes him Up Rather than Tires Him Out!

By Sue McCabe Many years ago, at a seminar in Edinburgh, I heard Patricia McConnell say that most dog walks wake the dog up, rather than tire the dog out. ‘But why is he not tired?’ I’m often asked. ‘I’ve taken him for a really long walk.’ We’re just back from a 10km walk followed ...

How to Make the Transition to Full-Time Dog Pro

By Veronica Boutelle of PPG corporate partner, dogbiz If your dream is to work with dogs for a living but you’re still toiling full time outside the dog industry, or juggling a part-time business alongside your “real” job, you need a transition plan: A plan to get you from where you are now ...

How Long Does It Take to Train a Dog?

By Sue McCabe At puppy class recently, we started retrieve training. Students were shown this video (below), with the steps needed to train a reliable retrieve to hand.  The video compresses quite a bit of learning (weeks of short sessions) into just under 2 minutes of demonstration. ‘How ...

10 Ways To Improve You and Your Dog’s Behavioral Relationship

Sometimes we get a little stuck in a rut, same old, same old - its easy, life is fast, time is hard to come by.  Have you ever sat and thought about your relationship with your dog?  Too often it's only when things go wrong that we contemplate uh oh..what can I do here to change things! How ...

Confessions of a Dog Trainer. Part 1: Feeding from the Table!

By Sue McCabe I have a confession. I sometimes feed my dogs from the table.  When I go out to eat with my dog we are sharing quality time, and a meal together. So as long as my dog is quiet and calm and settled, he gets to share my food or he gets a Kong of his own to enjoy. Below is a ...

BARKS Recorded Podcast with Alexandra Kurland: April 17, 2019.

Guest: Alexandra Kurland, a graduate of Cornell University where she specialized in animal behavior,  whose area of particular interest is the development of a horse's balance: physical and emotional. Alexandra Kurland is the author of "Clicker Training for your Horse"; "The Click That ...

The “Invention” of Cues in Training

Once upon a time, there was a girl who decided to teach her dog some tricks. She figured out that if she gave her dog something he liked after he did something she liked, he was liable to do the thing again. So she taught him some simple tricks using food and play as reinforcement. As she ...