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BARKS Podcast with Molly Kelsey of The Cat Counsellor: December 10, 2021

BARKS Podcast with Molly Kelsey of The Cat Counsellor: December 10, 2021

Join Niki Tudge as she chats with Molly Kelsey of The Cat Counsellor about feline enrichment and socialization...and much more!  Listen to the Podcast here on a choice of platforms. Or simply click ‘Play’ below. About Molly Kelsey CVn ISFM AdvCertFB Since a young age, Molly has loved, and ...
Pit Bull Pete: One Dog’s  Journey with Fear

Pit Bull Pete: One Dog’s Journey with Fear

By Daniel Antolec  As an accredited professional dog trainer and certified canine behavior consultant I have devoted myself to helping anxious and fearful dogs. My journey on that path began ...
BARKS Podcast with Claire Staines of Lothlorien Dog Services: January 22, 2021

BARKS Podcast with Claire Staines of Lothlorien Dog Services: January 22, 2021

Join Niki Tudge as she Chats and Chuckles with Claire Staines of Lothlorien Dog Services in Linlithgow, Scotland, UK about all things UK dog training and behavior.  Listen to Podcast here on a ...

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Lots Of Fine Dogs!

I have a friend who, no matter what crisis he’s going through, will tell you he’s fine. While shopping one day I came across a t-shirt that reminded me of my friend. The shirt had a picture of a cow lying in a field with her legs straight up in the air, like a dead insect; the caption read, ...

Remedial Socialization

  I’m embarking on a new adventure in remedial socialization. I have a foster dog who is wonderful with other dogs, but totally avoids humans whenever possible. Sally is playful and sweet once you get to know her, but her first impression leaves a lot to be desired. Since she is ...

An Open Letter to Canine Research Scientists

PPG Member Linda Michaels MA PCT-A calls on canine research scientists to lead the way on the ethical treatment of companion animals and take a stand against shock collars. It would require a long list to delineate the benefits of companion animal canine research conferences and live streams. ...

The Nose Knows

A well-known test devised in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. is used to determine whether an animal recognizes himself in a mirror. This “mirror test” is widely regarded as the “gold standard” for determining whether an animal is self-aware, that is, recognizes himself as a distinct ...

Why Self-Control is Better than “Discipline”

The Oxford Dictionary defines 'discipline' as: 'The practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.' The word 'discipline' not only carries with it the baggage of "force" and "dominance," but also a hint of worthiness. And yet, 'that ...

The Psychological Contract – A System of Beliefs That Needs to Be Articulated to Your Client

Written by Niki Tudge Copyright 2015 When you embark on a consulting or training relationship you should first ensure you have a professional consulting contract with your client. As a professional working with animals there are multiple liability risks open to you. Most of these liabilities ...

Tired Dogs, Good Dogs, Dogs Being Dogs

“How much exercise does my dog need?” This question sounds straightforward enough, but peel it apart and you’ll find it has several layers. Inquiring dog owners crave reassurance that they’re doing right by their dogs, meeting their needs. Also embedded in the query may be “I love my dog ...

Six Myths about Positive Reinforcement-Based Training

Positive reinforcement-based training is subject to a lot of misunderstanding and misrepresentation. Many people genuinely don’t understand how it works, and others seem to deliberately misrepresent it. Some of these misunderstandings and misrepresentations are very “sticky.” ...

Sheepherding, from the Lamb’s Perspective (Part Two)

Following my first interview with the lambs I was intrigued and felt even more determined to understand the experience of sheepherding from their perspective, so the next time Renee brought Chris and Rue to practice I went into covert “sheep mode” and joined the flock. Oh, I did not don a ...