First Impressions

By Yvette Van Veen Free-roaming animals are unaccustomed to restraint, so crates, doors, leashes and fences are foreign concepts to them when they are brought into people’s homes to become pets © Yvette Van Veen Fourteen years ago, a series of serendipitous events led me toward a career working with…

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Building a Feline Behavior Volunteer Program…from Scratch

By Melissa Taylor and Alese Zeman One of the duties of BV2s, like Beverly Burns, is carrying out matching assessments to help adopters find the right fit © Friends For Life There’s no way we at Friends For Life Animal Shelter can handle all of Houston, Texas’s feline behavior needs,…

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Alone Training

By Don Hanson Dogs that have not learned to cope with being alone can become anxious or fearful when they are suddenly left on their own © Can Stock Photo / adogslifephoto Dogs are social animals, and most will actively seek out our companionship. They can quickly become accustomed to…

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A Positive Strategy

By Tamsin Durston With dogs so expert at reading human emotional expressions, their behavior will often be influenced by how their guardian is feeling © Can Stock Photo / cynoclub As I set up my dog on the start line of an agility course, I want her to feel excited and…

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Building a Shock-Free World for Pets

By Don Hanson Trainers, behavior consultants and pet professionals, the Shock-Free Coalition needs your help! Specifically, we need your help in educating your clients, colleagues, friends, and family members about the benefits of using reward-based training and the dangers of using a shock collar as a training tool. Our goal…

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“I Will Never Use the Shock Collar Again!”

By Eileen Anderson This is a story from a client of one of my professional trainer friends. Let’s call my friend “Phoebe.” My friend had met the client for some coaching for her young, exuberant dog, Raven. But it was a very long distance for the client to come. My…

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Treats that Beat Squirrels!

By Yvette Van Veen Treats that Beat Squirrels! That’s where people go wrong in their dog training.  They are focused on the one treat in their hand today. Training builds future behaviour.  A well trained dog is not trained with the one cookie waving in front of its nose today.  The…

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Variety Is the Spice of Life

By Danette Johnston Day care is not for every dog © Danette Johnston When I opened a dog day care 19 years ago, I did so because I had been working a shelter and noticed that the majority of the dogs in the shelter were there because they were not…

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The Art of Reading Dogs

Report from PPG’s Four-Day Pet Care Technician Certification Program Workshop (Part Three of Eight) Angelica Steinker discusses avoidance–avoidance motivational conflict This is the third in a series of blogs in which I will endeavor to share a few of the highlights from PPG’s recent Certified Pet Care Technician workshop along with…

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