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Shiny New Objects!

Shiny New Objects! Several weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to attend Clicker Expo in Arlington, Virginia.  I love the opportunity to spend time connecting with colleagues and students, learning interesting new things, and of course, buying

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Educational, Misc, Positive Animal Training, Technology, Training tools

Cooperative Care and the Pet Tutor

Cooperative Care and the Pet Tutor By Deborah Jones, Ph.D. One of my hobbies is working on cooperative care with my dogs.  What is cooperative care? It is any sort of physical handling that is necessary in order to maintain

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Fear, Misc, Positive Animal Training, Technology, Training tools

Dog Door Manners in 3 Easy Steps

Doggie Doo it’s a new year and people are making resolutions.  For quite a few years I’ve been fairly anti-resolution.  Why? Because they don’t work! And in the process, they can actually make things worse because you end up feeling

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Fun, Positive Animal Training, Technology, Training tools

Understanding Dog Body Language

What’s Your Dog Telling You? Understanding Dog Body Language by Lisa Lyle Waggoner Ignorance is bliss. That commonly used phrase certainly applied to me years ago as it relates to dog body language. What I didn’t know about, I didn’t

Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Educational, Misc, Positive Animal Training

A Novel Way To Trim Dog Nails

Dog Nail Trim

Many people struggle with trimming their dog’s nails. I remember my mentor, Jean Donaldson, saying that having a leg restrained often elicits the flight response, because it’s like having a leg caught in a trap. That was some very strong

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Separation Anxiety

The Separation Anxiety Top 10 List – by Malena DeMartini These are the key components to incorporate or understand when working with separation anxiety. Unlike with most listicles, you must approach this list as a whole; picking and choosing won’t

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, emotions, Positive Animal Training, science, Separation anxiety, Technology, Training tools

From Auspicious Beginnings to a Hard-won Solution – Malena DeMartini

From Auspicious Beginnings to a Hard-won Solution – Malena DeMartini My second client ever (circa 2001) was a separation anxiety case. The dog’s name was Guinness, like the beer, and his guardians had found him sickly and tattered, scavenging for

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Educational, emotions, Fear, Learning theory, Positive Animal Training, Psychology, Separation anxiety, Technology, Training tools

Separation Anxiety: The Forgotten Stepchild We Can No Longer Ignore

Separation Anxiety: The Forgotten Stepchild We Can No Longer Ignore Each morning when I fire up my computer, the eager ding of incoming emails greets me and I know to expect at least one new inquiry — if not three

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Educational, emotions, Positive Animal Training, Psychology, Separation anxiety, Technology, Training tools

Win a Pet Tutor® for your Hero!

QUEST: To leave no stone unturned, to search the universe and reveal the most deserving “Hero to the Animals” by New Years Day.  WHEN: NOW until New Year’s Eve Midnight (Eastern Standard Time) Who: A hardworking, dedicated, talented, selfless person

Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Misc, Positive Animal Training, service dogs, Shelter, Technology, Training tools

Why Common Ways To Reduce Nuisance Barking Can Be Ineffective Or Worse!

Bark, bark, bark… Dogs bark, that’s a fact, whether we like it or not. But much like when children cry or scream, it’s very hard for us to simply ignore such vocalizations. Barking is loud and often disturbing to the

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Fear, Separation anxiety
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