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Thunder, Lightning and Barometric Pressure

Thunder, Lightning and Barometric Pressure

By Carolyn Kocman   Owners and caretakers can almost always recognize phobia related behaviors. Shaking, drooling, panting, restlessness, pacing, clinging to owners and hiding are all fairly overt and recognizable behaviors that can be triggered by such things as loud noises or ...
BARKS Podcast with the PPG Advocacy Panel: Discussion #4 – “Being Nicer” While Advocating

BARKS Podcast with the PPG Advocacy Panel: Discussion #4 – “Being Nicer” While Advocating

"Being Nicer" While Advocating Join the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) Advocacy Panel for a discussion on "Being Nicer" While Advocating. Pet guardians and pet professionals, listen as panel ...
Welcoming a New Puppy – Ensuring a Happy and Successful Future Together

Welcoming a New Puppy – Ensuring a Happy and Successful Future Together

Welcoming a new pup into your household should be a time of absolute pure joy - he or she is a new family member after all, but sometimes it just turns into something akin to pure chaos, which ...

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Variety Is the Spice of Life

By Danette Johnston When I opened a dog day care 19 years ago, I did so because I had been working a shelter and noticed that the majority of the dogs in the shelter were there because they were not getting enough stimulation, both physical and mental. I thought a dog coming to day care ...

Over the Moon!

By Debbie Bauer I am over-the-moon proud of my boy Vinny this month!  He and I were away from home for three weeks this month, visiting new places, doing new things, and he took it all in stride.  We had a blast!  It was, of course, so hard to leave the other dogs for that long.  Both Vinny ...

10 Reasons Why the Holidays Might Not Be So Full of Festive Cheer for Your Pet

It's nearly Christmas, traditionally the time of year when we look forward to enjoying lots of yummy food, time with our friends and family, hopefully a break from work and of course - pressies! Lots of us also think about involving our dogs and cats and other furries in the festivities; ...

Which Pavlov Is on Your Shoulder?

The trainer Bob Bailey is often quoted as saying that when one is training an animal, “Pavlov is on your shoulder.” He is reminding us that while we are training operant behaviors (sit, down, fetch, weave), there are also respondent behaviors and respondent conditioning occurring. Respondent ...

Partnering With the Veterinary Community

As a force-free professional dog trainer and behavior consultant I practice a holistic approach to pet care and training and have worked to develop a network of professionals in various fields who serve the needs of dog owners. These services are grooming, pet sitting, boarding, daycare, pet ...

When Standard Positive Reinforcement Fails

By Yvette Van Veen Early in my dog training days, I remember having a brain storming conversation with a trainer friend who was also a mentor.  To put it in context, this person was ahead of me in their learning curve.  She was quite good but was also early in her journey.  I learned from ...

Training Your Cat to Sit on Cue

By Jennifer Van Valkenburg I actually came to cat training completely by accident. My kitty was overweight and unhealthy so her vet recommended an entirely new lifestyle. This came with adding exercise (I remember thinking, how do you exercise a cat? - more on that later) and a new food ...

Take Your Dog Training Career to the Next Level with Karen Pryor Academy

By Karen Pryor Academy Do you want to feel empowered with the skills to become a dog trainer who is ready to launch a successful business or career? Karen Pryor Academy’s Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program is for anyone with a significant interest in dog training and behavior. It’s a ...

Portland Blog Competition: Tips to Reduce Leash Reactivity

By Michelle Wieser  When a leashed dog barks, pulls or lunges at other dogs (or wildlife, skateboards, kids, bikers, etc.), it is known as leash reactivity. Dogs may feel trapped and restricted by the leash and, unfortunately, given that they can’t voluntarily remove themselves from the ...