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Itchy Dog or Stressed Dog?

Itchy Dog or Stressed Dog?

The relationship between stress, behavior and animal health is complex and varied. Chronic, long-term stress interacts in various ways with personality type, behavior and immune health in both people and nonhuman animals. It’s not often straightforward to decipher which causes which when we ...

Reducing Fear – and the Importance of Choice

Reducing Fear – and the Importance of Choice

Counterconditioning is one of the most important techniques in animal training (arguably top five). Simply put, ‘conditioning’ means ‘learning’ and ‘counter’ means ‘opposite.’ Relearning might be another way of putting it. Practically speaking, it’s about changing someone’s learned ...

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Busting the Muzzle Myth

Busting the Muzzle Myth

By Rachel Brix

Walking the busy streets of our small tourist town with my dog, the looks on people's faces range from confusion, to disgust, to laughter, to disapproval, to openmouthed, wide-eyed shock. The ...

From Zero to Hero

From Zero to Hero

By Ariel Baber

A lot of people may get annoyed when a dog wakes them up, particularly if they are woken up by him pawing at their chest and licking their face. To be honest, I’m no different. I had no idea ...

The Journey of a Crossover Trainer

The Journey of a Crossover Trainer

By Nichola Marshall 

My dogs are livestock guardian dogs and some people will tell you that they cannot be trained to be “obedient.” My old girl was trained “old school.” She is a very good girl and now I ...

Canine Aggression: The Public Perception

Canine Aggression: The Public Perception

By Hannah Blumenfeld

I have spent a lot of time watching how people interact with dogs they don't know. A handsome boxer was tied up outside a shop, and a woman went right up to him, got in his face, like ...

Putting the Social  in Socialization

Putting the Social in Socialization

By Anna Bradley

The goal of puppy socialization is to “convince the amygdala, that part of the puppy’s brain that reacts emotionally to his world that, in general, the best/most appropriate emotional ...

Helping Owners, Helping Dogs

Helping Owners, Helping Dogs

By Veronica Sanchez

How many times have you nearly walked right into a tree while training a dog? Multitasking is hard even when you do not have a limitation. Keep in mind that for someone with a mobility ...

Lessons from Bogie

Lessons from Bogie

By Shannon Finch

Later, my client told me what had happened that weekend. They had had guests, and Bogie had been whining and crying in his crate, so her husband used a shock collar to keep him quiet. Things ...

Addressing Aggression,  the Force-Free Way

Addressing Aggression, the Force-Free Way

By Diane Garrod

Reactivity is by no means necessarily an intent to do harm; the dog who hides shivering behind her owner or the dog who lashes out with growling and lunging are both experiencing the same ...

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