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When is controlling our dog too controlling?

When teachers, psychologists and parents are asked which methods are more acceptable when teaching our children, they consistently prefer a positive-reinforcement based approach over the use of punishment. A punitive approach to behavior is not only less effective, but it

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

The challenges of the modern dog trainer – APDT 2013

Is there any other profession that requires such a diversity of talents as dog trainer ? We become a dog trainer because of our passion for dogs, but the reality can be very different than the expectations. As a dog

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, science, Technology, Training tools

Bob Bailey : Don’t settle for ‘good enough’

Animals are always learning. The animals we know today are the fruit of millions of years of evolution and have been learning by consequence all this time. They continuously put things together, draw conclusions and figure out how to avoid

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Posted in Bob Bailey, Dog behavior, Dog training, Positive Animal Training, Psychology, science, Technology

Animal Emotions – the driving force behind our dog’s behaviors

As an animal lover it’s hard to imagine that, despite Darwin’s claims in 1872, it’s only until very recently that most people considered humans as the only emotional species on the planet. We’re living in very exciting times, an actual

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Posted in Dog behavior, emotions, Psychology, science

Surviving our dog’s adolescence

When we bring a new puppy home, we expect to teach her the basics of potty training, bite inhibition and general good manners around the house. We hopefully make sure to socialize her, and do our best to get her

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Posted in Adolescence, Dog behavior, Dog/human relationship, Fear, Psychology, Roughhousing

August 26th – It’s National Dog Day!

We’ve shared our life with dogs for several thousands of years.  Dogs keep us company, make us laugh and comfort us when we’re having a bad day.  They help us feel safe in our homes, save our lives by finding

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Posted in Dog/human relationship, Misc, Shelter

Impulse control – the 6 keys to teaching dogs calm and polite behavior

We all know dogs that jump on people, push them out of their way to get through doors, rush their way in and out of the car or the crate and up and down the stairs. Dogs can be impatient

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

Confidence – the key ingredient to successful training

When the dog pays attention, a walk in the park or a training exercise are easy, fun and rewarding. When the dog spends the majority of the time looking for anything else to do besides focusing on the human, the

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Educational, Positive Animal Training, Resource

6 ways to prepare your dog to meet the new baby

Dogs are a wonderful addition to any household and growing up with a dog provides a child with valuable learning experiences about respect and care of another being. Most of all, growing up with a dog can be fun and

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Educational, Positive Animal Training, Resource

Blah, blah, blah… Do dogs understand anything we say?

‘Do you want to go out for a walk?’ ‘Sit, sit, sit, I know you know how to do this, SIT, good boy, good doggy’. ‘Did you take my shoe? Rover, fess up! I know you did it!’ ‘Stop jumping

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Educational, News, Positive Animal Training, Resource, science, Technology
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