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Ask the Experts: A Little Bit of Magic

Ask the Experts: A Little Bit of Magic

Veronica Boutelle of PPG corporate partner dogbiz talks cancellation policies and how to make them stick
Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

By Dorothy Heffernan With a growing interest in ‘least intrusive, minimally aversive’ (LIMA) training methods and the ‘least intrusive effective behavior intervention’ (LIEBI) model, many ...
New Certificate Course: Helping Your Dog in the Post-COVID World

New Certificate Course: Helping Your Dog in the Post-COVID World

The International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour Ltd. (ISCP) has a reputation for excellence, with students and graduates in over 61 countries. The ISCP only promotes reward based, ...

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Learning from Real Dogs

I read a lot of academic studies of dogs. My students often enjoy dissecting these studies and figuring out better ways to investigate the same questions. Oftentimes, their ideas come from their extensive observation of real dogs doing real dog things — with other dogs. Researcher and writer ...

Keeping Thanksgiving Fun and Safe for Your Dog

Thanksgiving can be such a special day, full of family, friends, and if you're like me, the family dog. It is a day to show gratitude for everything you have. For many, it's a time for large family gatherings, football, excitement, and loads of good food. Thanksgiving can also be a time of ...

The Shocking Truth

With recent events in Scotland regarding so called e-collars (the 'e' stands for electronic), the debate has been heating up. I thought I would take this opportunity to air a few suggestions to some of the statements that are being made. There appears to be some serious misconceptions and ...

Taming the Dreaded Oreckosaurus Rex

Some dogs run and hide at first sight of the vacuum cleaner or unleash a barrage of barking, lunging and biting at the dreadful thing. Others quickly identify the vacuum cleaner’s lair and the fear response begins as soon as the person reaches to open the closet door. Cleaning house soon ...

Observational Skills For Empathy

As Jane Goodall pointed out in an article this week, story-telling is sometimes the best way to share ideas and information.   So, I thought I’d share an experience I had with a brilliant trainer utilising her empathic observation on me a few years ago. Some years ago I acquired a rather ...

Seven Stages to a Bite

It’s sometimes good to remind ourselves of what our dogs are. Dogs are relatives of the modern day wolf, both having evolved from a common ancestor. Is it not fascinating that when we chose to domesticate an animal, we chose a predator and welcomed him into our homes. Irrespective of the ...

You Don’t Have to Go Through the Door Before Your Dog!

  When Annie Phenix of Phenix Dogs recently mentioned to me that the “door myth” is still alive and well, I got to wondering what that actually would look like. The advice to always precede your dog through the door is propagated by those who think the key to having a well-behaved dog ...

What You Think Is One Dog’s Punishment May Be Another Dog’s Fun Game!

I was first introduced to a positive reinforcement instructor many years ago when I adopted my shelter dog, Freddie, an adolescent dog who was very enthused about EVERYTHING! As the instructor explained how to reinforce our dogs, and even as I was seeing results, what I really wanted to hear ...

Learning Becomes Almost Effortless

An excerpt from an upcoming article in BARKS from The Guild. Why do I love teaching tricks and why do my dogs love learning them? Why would you want to teach your dog tricks? What are tricks, anyway? How old should your dog if you want them to learn how to do tricks? How do I teach them? ...