The Art, Science and Ethics of Using Decoy Dogs

By Yvette Van Veen  A decoy dog can help a reactive dog overcome any frustration triggered by the leash © Can Stock Photo / eldadcarin Learning to work with a reactive, anxious or fearful dog is a challenging process. Dog owners especially struggle. They must learn new skills and execute…

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The Rollercoaster of Reactivity

By Mary Jean Alsina A leash gives a dog no option to escape, leaving him little recourse but to behave aggressively in an attempt to keep the perceived threat at bay © Can Stock Photo / hannadarzy Leash reactivity can be one of the most common (and embarrassing) problems dog…

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The Art and Science of Consent Testing

By Angelica Steinker When a dog is leaning into a person to initiate closer contact it indicates a “yes” © Can Stock Photo / miss_j Consent testing is the process of observing a dog’s body language to see if he is fine with whatever environmental change has been presented to…

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The Art of Teamwork

By Gail Radtke Lanie’s calm temperament made her an ideal candidate (now retired) for the St. John Ambulance (SJA) therapy dog program in British Columbia © Gail Radtke In a previous article I wrote about how my dog, Lanie, became a St. John Ambulance (SJA) therapy dog in British Columbia,…

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Stuck in the Mud

By Lara Joseph “Almost all aggressive behaviors I have seen in pigs have started out with the pig defending himself from humans or another animals. The signs of fear are subtle and the aggression that follows is preventable.” © Lara Joseph Mini, pocket and teacup are all adjectives used to…

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Happy Holidays…for Dogs too!

Some dogs may be happier in a quiet area of the house during busy holiday festivities © Can Stock Photo / Gordo25 It can be so easy in all the madness and mayhem to overlook our dogs’ needs over the holiday period. Certainly, I always have an influx of inquiries…

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PPG Advocacy Panel: Making Education More Accessible

By Susan Nilson PPG launched its Advocacy Panel in August with the aim of supporting pet guardian education and making it accessible to a wider audience © Pet Professional Guild The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) Advocacy Panel was launched in August and has already held its first three sessions, where…

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The Bigger Picture

By Morag Heirs Shep’s owners were too busy for an energetic, intelligent border collie. His deafness was only part of the issue © Can Stock Photo/cynoclub Within my day to day life as a canine professional, I am regularly asked for advice on cases where standard training approaches seem to…

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Thinking Outside the Shelter

By Melissa Taylor  (Left to right) Owner Kate, Blake the dog, and behavior volunteer Laura practice cooperative vaccination, reducing stress associated with the procedure and making restraint unnecessary © Friends For Life Like many shelters, my shelter, Friends For Life Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas, relies heavily on volunteers to…

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