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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

Service dogs: The fabulous, the faulty and the fake

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?

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

The top 10 blogs you’ve liked in 2014

Another year has just gone by! I don’t know about you, but it feels like no matter how much I get accomplished, that to-do list just keeps on going. But before we take on a new year, let’s take a

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Posted in Misc, science, Technology, Training tools

I’m a woman and I love dogs – am I neurotic?

One out of five women score high in neuroticism. Anxiety, fear, worry, envy, frustration, jealousy, moodiness, anger and depression characterize people who score high in this personality dimension. They are more easily stressed out, have a higher tendency to being

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Posted in Dog/human relationship, emotions, 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

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

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 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
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