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Dog Training: Praise or Treats?

While we understand that good behavior should be rewarded if we want the dog to repeat it, there are different opinions about how and how much we should reward our pooches. We might consider that a “good boy!” is a

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

Dog play: what’s the purpose?

While most species gradually stop playing as they grow into adulthood, our beloved pooches never seem to stop playing no matter how old they are. My 10 year old German Shepherd, Nala, still reacts like a puppy when an opportunity

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog/human relationship, Misc, Psychology

Calming signals- Are they truly signals or calming?

Calming signals is a term brought forth by Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas (2005) to describe behaviors that dogs display when trying to calm down a situation. In animals living in groups, it’s important to have ways of communication that

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Posted in Dog behavior, Educational, Fear, Misc, Psychology, science

10 steps to getting a great dog from the shelter

I train service dogs for a living. Where do I get my dogs? From the local shelters! 100% of the dogs that we train and place as service dogs come predominantly from the local Humane Societies and rescue groups and have

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Misc, Resource, Shelter

Animal Madness – A review of Laurel Braitman’s insightful new book

“Given my choice, I would almost always choose to be a feral dog. Maybe you don’t live as long, maybe you don’t have shots, maybe you have mange, but I would choose that in a hot second over waiting for

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Posted in Dog behavior, emotions, Misc, Psychology, Separation anxiety

The Insider’s Secrets to Teaching Words to Dogs

For as long as humans have lived with animals, we’ve fantasized about being able to hold conversations with them. Throughout much of the traditional literature we can find people and animals talking together, from Eve and the serpent in the

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Learning theory, Misc

5 loving ways to pet a dog

We’ve all heard of the many health benefits of owning a dog; from reducing our blood pressure and heart rate to increasing our immune system. Being in the presence of a dog or better, touching and petting a dog is

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog/human relationship, emotions, Misc, Psychology

Acts of punishment are stronger than rewards

We sometimes assume that choosing punishment or rewards in training is merely a matter of personal preferences. We use the tools that we deem the most effective, and that we have grown proficient with. If we can teach a dog

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, emotions, Fear, Misc, Positive Animal Training, Psychology

Shelter dogs: studies highlight why some are adopted, others aren’t

The leading cause of death of our companion dogs is euthanasia in shelters. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), about 60% of dogs entering shelters are euthanized (ASPCA 2011). Some of these dogs

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Misc, Shelter

Getting A Dog; A User Guide

As dog lovers, we’re sometimes faced with a decision that can have a big impact on our life: getting a dog. Whether it’s our first dog or we’re replacing a dog that recently passed or we already have a dog

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog/human relationship, Misc
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