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From Auspicious Beginnings to a Hard-won Solution – Malena DeMartini

From Auspicious Beginnings to a Hard-won Solution – Malena DeMartini My second client ever (circa 2001) was a separation anxiety case. The dog’s name was Guinness, like the beer, and his guardians had found him sickly and tattered, scavenging for

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Educational, emotions, Fear, Learning theory, Positive Animal Training, Psychology, Separation anxiety, Technology, Training tools

Separation Anxiety: The Forgotten Stepchild We Can No Longer Ignore

Separation Anxiety: The Forgotten Stepchild We Can No Longer Ignore Each morning when I fire up my computer, the eager ding of incoming emails greets me and I know to expect at least one new inquiry — if not three

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Educational, emotions, Positive Animal Training, Psychology, Separation anxiety, Technology, Training tools

The top 10 blogs you’ve liked in 2014

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

The rise of Petnologies

Bulldog and a computer

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

Enrichment – 8 easy ways to increase your dog’s quality of life

Bulldog with rope

When we compare the lives of wild animals to that of our pets, there is a striking difference in their activity levels. Dogs, cats, birds, hamsters and gerbils of all sorts, spend a large part of their days just lying

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog/human relationship, Psychology, Resource, Technology, Training tools

Pet Tutor® at APDT – New technology boosting the trainer’s potential to help dogs

Pet Tutor™

After unveiling Pet Tutor® for the very first time at the APDT conference in Spokane, WA, I can’t help but look back to the almost 30 years that I have worked with dogs and think of how dog training has evolved.

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

Animal training, craft or applied science?

dog training

‘Let me start by saying that you’re looking at one lucky SOB! Said Bob Bailey in front of a crowd of dog professionals eager to learn from one of the most accomplished animal trainers in the world. A mind always

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

Could we soon have a conversation with our dog?

Dog on the phone

As dog lovers it’s quite obvious that we communicate with our dogs. At the very least, they react to our body language and emotions in ways that indicate they understand our intentions and moods. How much and what we actually

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Posted in Dog behavior, Educational, News, Resource, science, Technology

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

Talking to the dog

‘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

E-collars – why I never want to use them again

Shock collar

No matter where we stand on the training spectrum, from purely positive, to balanced or traditional, we all want the same thing: enhancing the behaviors that we want and decreasing those that we deem problematic, for the benefit of both

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