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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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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Dog Parks: The Good, the Bad, and the Reality

By Rachel Brix Truly dog-social dogs are usually the best fit for dog parks and it is important for owners to objectively assess and make decisions based on what type of dogs they have whether or not they would be successful in that type of environment © Rachel Brix The…

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Examining Bird vs. Human Expectations

By Sheila S. Blanchette Building trust: the human-avian relationship goal should be creating a mutual trusting partnership © Can Stock Photo / Vividrange Anthropomorphism is quite a mouthful of a word, defined by Lexico (2021) as “the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object.” Anthropomorphism…

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What Is The Best Way To Get Your Dog To Play?

You recently bought a dog, and now you don't know how to get the dog to interact with you. At first, you were not bothered because what was the worst thing that could happen. You get surprised when your dog constantly barks at you or your visitors, maybe the dog…

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Saving Detainees and Dogs, One Life at a Time

By Lisa Waggoner  The Rescued Program is 12 weeks in length and comprises eight to 10 detainees working with six to eight dogs selected by two shelter partners © Lisa Waggoner “The rehabilitation of inmates requires a willing state of mind, a helpful attitude which insists upon finding something of…

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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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Defying the Stereotype

By Dee Goings Because of the stereotypes surrounding her breed, casual observers, sadly, often find it hard to believe Ripley was trained without punishment or force © Dee Goings When people think of a Rottweiler, they often think, unfortunately, of a large hulking mass on a choke chain or shock…

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