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Preventing Behavior Problems, One Puppy at a Time: An Interview with Debbie Martin

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:42:52 +0000

Behavior problems are the biggest threat to the human-animal bond, and the number-one reason dogs are relinquished. So what’s the key to preventing problems before they start? Debbie Martin, Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) faculty member and ClickerExpo faculty member, says, “Get them while they’re young!” One of the few veterinary technicians in the country to specialize in behavior modification, Debbie has always had an interest in animal behavior. She has dedicated her career to helping pet owners resolve their pets’ behavior problems. Recognizing that prevention is easier than treatment, Debbie believes that many behavior problems can be averted with early socialization and foundation training.

Through her book, Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog, and now with her Karen Pryor Academy course, Puppy Start Right for Instructors, Debbie continues to give pet owners, veterinary professionals, and trainers the information and support they need to improve the welfare of dogs—one puppy at a time!

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FUNdamentals and Beyond: An Interview with Hannah Branigan

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 20:06:05 +0000

 

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Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season with Your Pets

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 16:46:57 +0000

 

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Animal lovers find great joy including their animals in as many holiday celebrations as possible.

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Private School for Puppies: Katherine Ostiguy on Puppy Day School

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:42:31 +0000

Light-bulb idea

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Continuing the Clicker Legacy: A Conversation with Ken Ramirez

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:59:15 +0000

“Animals deserve the best care that we can possibly provide.” That is the philosophy of 35-year animal training veteran and creative teacher and consultant, Ken Ramirez. Having worked with a dizzying number of species, including overseeing the care and training of more than 1500 species at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, Ken has developed a reputation for his ability to train any animal to do anything.

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The Creative Clicker: An Interview with Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Thu, 02 Jan 2014 19:54:54 +0000

Encouraging creativity—in all species

Clicker trainers know that one of the benefits of clicker training is that it fosters creativity in the learner. A cl

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Improving the Life of Shelter Dogs: A Conversation with Karen Pryor

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 01:12:29 +0000

Editor’s note: Dogs are relinquished to shelters for many reasons. People move, have a new baby, get divorced, lose their homes.

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Every Dog, Every Day: An Interview with Kay Laurence

Wed, 01 May 2013 16:08:06 +0000

Editor's note:

On a working farm in the English countryside, nearly a mile from the nearest road, people and dogs come together from all over the world to learn from one of the world's top trainers, Kay Laurence. Kay has been teaching, writing, and training dogs from her UK-based home and farm for more than 35 years. What she teaches is far more than just training skills. Her philosophy, developed from her years of living with and observing dogs, is that that we should give dogs equal consideration and try view the world from the dog's perspective. Only then can we achieve a relationship with dogs based on connection and pleasure.

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From Pipe Dream to Positive: Lindsay Wood's Impact in Animal Welfare

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:03:27 +0000

Editor's Note:

Lindsay Wood, Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP) and the newest member of the KPA faculty, once thought her lifelong desire for a career working with animals was nothing more than a pipe dream. Fortunately for both Lindsay and the animals in her care at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Lindsay's pipe dream is now a reality. Since 2007, Lindsay has served as the Director of Animal Training and Behavior for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. She developed and implemented the Humane Society's comprehensive behavior modification program created to rehabilitate dogs with specific concerns, including food guarding, fearful behavior, body-handling sensitivities, separation anxiety, and dog-dog aggression. As a result, adoption and retention rates have increased at the Humane Society, and many dogs that might have been euthanized have been re-homed successfully.

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Clicking to Help the World’s Fastest Animal Outrun Extinction

Sat, 01 Dec 2012 15:32:53 +0000

Editor's note

If you have experienced the power of clicker training, you know it has the potential to save animal lives. One Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP), Jade Fountain, has demonstrated that clicker training can help save an entire species! Jade recently journeyed to South Africa, utilizing skills and knowledge gained through the KPA Dog Trainer Program to help safeguard the world's fastest land animal—the cheetah.

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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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Healing the Dog that Bites: An Interview with Emma Parsons

Sun, 01 Jul 2012 18:17:01 +0000

Aggression in dogs is one of the most common and most serious concerns for dog owners, and it is the primary reason dogs are euthanized.

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