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Understanding and stopping our dog from jumping on us

jumping dog

Dogs naturally want to jump on us as soon as we walk through the door. It doesn’t matter that we’re in sweat pants or dressed up for a special occasion. For Fido, that’s just how you say “Hello! I’m so

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

There are 3 Es in modern dog training: Efficacy, Efficiency and Ethics

Dog training

As trainers, we talk to dog guardians all the time. They come to us with questions and concerns about their dog and our job is to help them work out the best approach to their canine’s needs. Many have been

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

Service dogs: The fabulous, the faulty and the fake

Bella - Medical Mutts

One in 5 people suffer from a disability according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Many can’t hear or see well enough to safely function on their own,  can’t pick up an object, make a call in case of emergency, open

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Posted in Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Misc, service dogs

Dog Training: Praise or Treats?

standing dog

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

2014 – The first Pet Technology Conference

Pet Tech Conference 2014

Just 10 years ago, who would of thought we could hold an entire conference on technology in the pet industry? We have crossed the Rubicon earlier this month in Silicon Valley, home of many of the largest technology corporations. Innovations

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

10 steps to getting a great dog from the shelter

dog love

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

The Insider’s Secrets to Teaching Words to Dogs

Talk to the dog

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

Acts of punishment are stronger than rewards

Scolded dog

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

Dog in shelter 2

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

Loose Leash Walking Fundamentals

Dog on leash

How wonderful is it to take a nice stroll in the park with our dog? We’re enjoying the cool breeze in our hair, the sound of birds in the trees and just sharing a nice stress releasing moment with our

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Posted in Dog training, Misc, Positive Animal Training, Training tools
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