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The Click Starts the Behavior

The Click Starts the Behavior

By Yvette Van Veen   A common expression used in clicker training is that the click “ends the behavior.” Rarely do we stop to think what this really means but it bears closer examination. Typically, the phrase indicates that dogs get reinforcement post-click, even if they ...
BARKS Podcast with Veronica Sanchez of Cooperative Paws Service Dog Education: December 3, 2021

BARKS Podcast with Veronica Sanchez of Cooperative Paws Service Dog Education: December 3, 2021

Join Niki Tudge as she chats with Veronica Sanchez of Cooperative Paws Service Dog Education about service dog certification.   Listen to Podcast here on a choice of platforms. Or simply click ...
Thinking Outside the Shelter

Thinking Outside the Shelter

By Melissa Taylor  Like many shelters, my shelter, Friends For Life Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas, relies heavily on volunteers to meet the needs of program animals. In 2019, our volunteers ...

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Dogs and Marshmallows

I've been interested in dogs and self-restraint for as long as I have trained dogs. So, several years ago, a friend and I applied an adapted version of the Marshmallow Test to her guide dog. Alberta passed with flying colors. Her current guide, Koala, also aced the test. For decades, the ...

Dog Owner Confidence Crash!

There's so much written about emotions of our dogs, how they're thinking and what they're feeling in various provocative situations and scenarios, but sometimes I think we, the dog owners, may end up being a little neglected! You can't successfully help dogs with behavioral or training ...

Winter Hiking Tips for You and Your Dog

Winter is here, but that doesn't mean you and your dog need to stay inside. A dog needs both physical and mental daily exercise. Hiking with your dog in the winter can be a lot of fun. But, before you walk out the front door with your dog in tow, you and your dog need to be prepared for your ...

Getting Started with Touch Cues

By Debbie Bauer There are two types of touch cues - these are cues that you give to your dog by touching various parts of his body in different ways, to mean different things.  If your dog can't see or hear you cues, touch cues give you the perfect way to begin communicating with him.  Having ...

A Quadrant by Any Other Name is Still a Cornerstone of Operant Learning

This 2003 edition book is $4.89 on Amazon. Contents: priceless. There is a science that deals directly with how organisms learn and how to use that information to change the environment in order to change behavior. It’s called applied behavior analysis (ABA). It is the applied version of ...

Getting Scientific about Dominance

By Don Hanson What we know about the science of canine behavior and dog training is continually evolving. As such, every year I like to select a new book to recommend to my students, my staff, area veterinarians, and my colleagues that I feel will be the most beneficial to them and their ...

Give New Pets Time to Adjust

Getting a new pet is exciting and family members may feel eager to get started with all the fun they have imagined having with their new addition. That is certainly how I felt about every new animal which I took into my care over the years. Even though the new pet may well be in a better ...

Want Your Dog to Listen? Stop Doing This!

By Yvette Van Veen Dog training often boils down to a single statement. “I want my dog to listen.” It’s a reasonable request and seems simple.  We ask our dogs to do something.  In return, we want the dog to listen to that request and respond in a timely manner.  Training is the process ...

Portland Blog Competition: Redirecting Aggressive Behavior

By Dr. Lynn Bahr As cat lovers, we’ve all been scratched at least once. But why do some cats play so rough when others never scratch or bite? Cats, by their very nature, are ferocious hunters. These behaviors are formed when they are very young by instinct, observation and playing with their ...