Monthly Archives: July 2013

New findings on shock collars: why the UK wants to ban them

shock collar

In the dog world, few subjects are as controversial as the debate on shock collars (electronic or e-collars). Advocates for their use claim that such devices don’t hurt but mostly emit an unpleasant vibration. They’re often the last resort for dogs

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Misc, News, Technology, Training tools

Animal Abuse, Training and “The Dark Triad”

Malinois

I was recently reminded of how insensitive and cruel some people could be with the account of a trainer who had muzzled and hung a dog in order to teach him to accept his toenails trimmed. Despite criminal sentences for

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Posted in Dog training, News, Psychology, Resource

Dogs and children: so similar, yet so different

lupine lens photography

Whether humans or animals we’re stuck in our own reality. How we experience the world is always through our own perspective. Because we’re curious beings or just trying to survive, we naturally put effort in trying to understand the world

Posted in Children, Dog behavior, science

Dog crates dens or prisons?

Dog in crate

Over the past decade or so, dog crates have become a must have piece of equipment for all dog owners. Trainers and pet stores have done a great job at promoting its use and most dog lovers today have adopted

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Educational, Positive Animal Training, Resource

Confidence – the key ingredient to successful training

Dog & child

When the dog pays attention, a walk in the park or a training exercise are easy, fun and rewarding. When the dog spends the majority of the time looking for anything else to do besides focusing on the human, the

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Educational, Positive Animal Training, Resource

Yielding to pressure – From horses to dogs, an example of negative reinforcement

Horse led by dog

When teaching dogs new behaviors, we mostly focus on positive reinforcement, in other words, on adding something to the situation that will increase the chances of a particular behavior or aspect of a behavior to occur. Giving the dog a

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Educational, Positive Animal Training, Resource

6 ways to prepare your dog to meet the new baby

Baby & puppy

Dogs are a wonderful addition to any household and growing up with a dog provides a child with valuable learning experiences about respect and care of another being. Most of all, growing up with a dog can be fun and

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Educational, Positive Animal Training, Resource
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