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

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

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

2014 – The first Pet Technology Conference

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

The rise of Petnologies

The 21st century has certainly marked a turn in the development and use of technology. Most of us carry in our pockets a miniaturized computer allowing us everything from calling others, to checking our email, our stocks and the weather

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Posted in Misc, Positive Animal Training, science, Technology, Training tools

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

Loose Leash Walking Fundamentals

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

‘The Dog Whisperer’ & other animal TV shows – Entertainment over Education?

Even though we’re acutely aware of how the media distorts realities to captivate our attention and play with our sensitivities, we still fall victim of their games. In the past 50 years, diversity gave way to just a handful of

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Posted in Misc, Positive Animal Training, Psychology

Reactivity and Aggression in dogs – Managing and Treating

It’s hard to enjoy a walk in the park, when we know our beloved companion can suddenly turn into Cujo at the first sight of a strange dog or a jogger. Not only do we have to face the challenge

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, emotions, Fear, Positive Animal Training, Psychology

Training ‘Do As I Do’: Fun and Efficient!

Through interactions with the world, animals learn that certain actions lead to pleasant or unpleasant consequences. Most of our training theory revolves around our ability to manipulate the animals’ environment to reinforce certain behaviors rather than others. However, not all

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Positive Animal Training, science, Training tools

2013 – A year to remember! Top 10 blogs.

What a year! Year 2013 has been a journey for all of us at Smart Animal Training Systems, on many levels. It was a year of many beginnings, of exhilarating moments as well as growing pains. In March we launched

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Posted in Bob Bailey, Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Positive Animal Training, science, Technology
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