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The Power of Ongoing Learning

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.


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Field Trip! Using Unique Learning Experiences to Build Your Training Business

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 22:03:43 +0000

Visual lessons—at the zoo!


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Why I Love Freestyle: That Unique Connection

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.

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Ignorance is Bliss: Real-World Use of Modifiers with a Search & Rescue Dog

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 18:30:43 +0000

A search-and-rescue start


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Five Questions to Ask Before Starting a Dog Training Business

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:56:50 +0000

Odds against a dream come true

Every year I meet a lot of people who dream of starting a dog training business.


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Confessions of an iPhone Addict: TAGteach and the Power of Choice

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:10:14 +0000

Communication addiction

My name is Emelie, and I’m an iPhonaholic.


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An Introduction to Emma Parsons’ New Book: Teaching the Reactive Dog Class

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.


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Saving Dogs in Cyprus: KPA Shelter Course Graduate Making a Difference

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:10:37 +0000

A pioneer overseas

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.


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The Perfect Pair: Rescued Dogs Help Returning Soldiers

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 19:44:10 +0000


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Carnivorous Chairs and the Cone of Shame: Creativity in Action

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 21:19:28 +0000

Click and create

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.

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HOPE AACR Pets Bring Smiles to Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Sat, 05 Jan 2013 00:04:37 +0000

Editor's note:

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).

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Taking Care of Business: An Interview with Toronto’s Andre Yeu

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. 

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4-H Camp Goes to the Dogs

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.

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Let Me Entertain You! Successful Holiday Parties for Pet Owners

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 17:53:29 +0000

Pets and parties?

I love the movie A Christmas Story. My favorite characters are, of course, the Bumpus Hounds.

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Therapy Dogs Serve Children with Autism

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

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