Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:58:57 +0000
I love the movie A Christmas Story. My favorite characters are, of course, the Bumpus Hounds.
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 14:58:09 +0000
Last month I wrote about some well-trained, problem-solving animals and the incredible things they accomplished on their own.
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 22:03:43 +0000
Visual lessons—at the zoo!
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 22:25:45 +0000
When I first took the plunge into freestyle, I already had a vision of a routine I wanted to do with The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Ennio Morricone's awesome soundtrack from the movie of the same name. I envisioned telling an entertaining story about struggling for the Confederate gold. Thank goodness I chose something a bit easier for the first freestyle routine my dog, Listo, and I would do together, and then had the time to really think about my vision for Good, Bad, Ugly.
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 18:30:43 +0000
A search-and-rescue start
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:56:50 +0000
Every year I meet a lot of people who dream of starting a dog training business.
Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:10:14 +0000
My name is Emelie, and I’m an iPhonaholic.
Mon, 05 May 2014 23:03:13 +0000
Editor’s note: One of the most common, yet also most challenging, behavior problems that dog trainers are asked to address is reactivity.
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:10:37 +0000
Carole Husein, one of the first graduates of the new KPA Shelter Training & Enrichment course, is putting to good use everything that she learned in the course recently. Not only is she integrating lessons and tips from the Shelter course in her dog training business, School for Dogs, but she is making tremendous improvements in the lives of rescue dogs. Working through CyDRA (Cyprus Dogs Rehoming Association), an organization that supports private rescue kennels (Carole is the group's education and training coordinator), she oversees a private rescue kennel herself. Carole's volunteer and professional work is in Cyprus, a tiny ancient island in the Mediterranean, located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, and northwest of Israel.
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 19:44:10 +0000
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 21:19:28 +0000
One subject that crops up frequently in training circles is the side effects of various training techniques. We caution against the harmful fallout of punishment-based methods. We debate the relative merits of luring, shaping, and capturing. We examine studies that compare the rate of behavior acquisition using various marker signals. And, of course, we love to talk about the added benefits of clicker training—engaging the dog's mind, the respondent conditioning of a positive emotional state, the fostering of creativity in both trainer and trainee.
Sat, 05 Jan 2013 00:04:37 +0000
Many people are familiar with the heroic stories of the search and rescue dogs that have helped victims of disasters like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. However, few people know about the canines that are still helping victims and families long after disasters have left their devastating impact. These canine heroes are the specially trained canine crisis response teams of HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response (HOPE AACR).
Sat, 01 Sep 2012 15:14:19 +0000
When I was four, my mom, perhaps in response to nagging from my sister and me, bought us goldfish. We came home with eight goldfish in a tiny one-gallon tank. They all died within 48 hours, due to overcrowding in the tank. I remember realizing that we must have been doing something wrong. I was left with the important lesson that pet ownership is something to take very seriously and to learn to do properly.
Sun, 01 Jul 2012 16:00:00 +0000
I'm part of a group that runs a 4-H dog camp each summer called The Ohio 4-H Teen Dog Experience. A group of teens from all parts of Ohio spends several days with their dogs and new friends in an intense dog-training environment. Eleven 4-H'ers and their dogs attended the four-day camp in June, 2009.
Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:13:53 +0000
Editor’s note: Poodle-loving school psychologist, dog training coach, and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner Patricia Stokely writes movingly about the