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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 discuss upcoming Research Bites topics and so much more.   Listen to the Podcast with Dr. ...
The Ever-Changing World  of Service Dog Training

The Ever-Changing World of Service Dog Training

By Veronica Sanchez The service dog industry is ever growing and changing. With the expanding use of service dogs there has, unfortunately, also been abuse of laws pertaining to service ...
BARKS Podcast with Geek Week Presenters Tasha Attwood, Dr. Jen Nesbitt-Hawes, Dr. Mindy Waite, Dr. Lisa Gunter and Dr. Melissa Starling

BARKS Podcast with Geek Week Presenters Tasha Attwood, Dr. Jen Nesbitt-Hawes, Dr. Mindy Waite, Dr. Lisa Gunter and Dr. Melissa Starling

Join Niki Tudge and Denise O'Moore as they Chat and Chuckle with presenters Tasha Attwood, Dr. Jen Nesbitt-Hawes, Dr. Mindy Waite, Dr. Lisa Gunter and Dr. Melissa Starling about their planned ...

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Five Rules for Humans Living in Catlandia

By Daniel “DQ” Quagliozzi Humans and cats have been trying to peacefully coexist for centuries, and for the most part, we are doing okay…with a little room for improvement.  Our relationship with cats has definitely changed over time, with technology allowing us to connect with the masses ...

Pet Tutor…My Hero

By Smart Animal Training (A letter from Malena DeMartini-Price CTC CDBC) Dear Wes & Amanda at Smart Animal Training, I wanted to tell you about a client that I have been working with for a little while now that has been absolutely wonderful and of course, the Pet Tutor was my hero in ...

BARKS Podcast with Jane Bowers: October 2, 2018

Guest: Jane Bowers of Dogs of Distinction Canine Training in Vancouver, British Columbia. Topic: Bowers' article in BARKS, Reducing Conflict, and Assessing and Interpreting Dog Behaviour, a training course hosted by the Canadian Police Knowledge Network for law enforcement personnel and ...

Five Days from Fear to Fun – Classical Counterconditioning

By Yvette Van Veen I decided to spend some recent holiday time working on a whistle recall.  This is when a dog learns to come to the sound of a whistle.  Pamela Dennison has a number of resources on how to teach this skill for anyone who might be interested. Unlike other whims, I ...

Dogs CAN Learn That … and That, and That!

Do you know anyone who has more than one service dog because "one dog couldn't be taught to do all the tasks" that person needs? Have you ever heard a dog owner (or worse, trainer) claim that dogs "can't learn" to distinguish similar commands or tasks or learn multiple related tasks --- for ...

The Power of Desensitization

Desensitization is a tool I use in my armory virtually every day - it's ultra powerful, versatile and it works well, that is IF it's applied correctly!  Here I'm going to take a look at this 'behaviour fixer' in a bit more detail because if it's worked with in the right way, you're just not ...

Ringing the Bell to Go Out: Avoid These 4 Common Errors!

Zani learns to ring the bells This post is for the people who have tried–and failed–to teach their dogs to ring a bell to go outside. I suspect there are a lot of bell ringing failures out there. Not that it’s so hard to teach a dog to poke a bell with his nose or paw. But it can be tricky ...

Ideas for Touch Signs to Use

By Debbie Bauer You can give touch cues in many ways - you can use your hands, your feet, your body, your breath, the equipment you use with your dog, an extended touch stick, etc.  Any way that you can make contact with your dog's body to provide information can become a touch cue. The most ...

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Adoption is a popular option among many families who wish to bring a dog into their lives. Sometimes, their goal may be to adopt a specific breed. Science Daily defines “A dog breed is a group of dogs that have very similar or nearly identical characteristics of appearance or behavior or, ...