Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:05:23 +0000
Sound familiar? The 4 Fs of fear
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.
Fri, 05 Aug 2016 17:20:51 +0000
TTouch for all
Fri, 05 Aug 2016 14:08:12 +0000
It might seem that it would take voodoo, or something similar, to teach unruly, out-of-control and/or overly enthusiastic dogs how to be calm and relaxe
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:59:57 +0000
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!
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:58:56 +0000
Pet owners often wonder how to keep pets active without having to walk in 90-degree weather. Swimming, and other games in and with water, can be fun for both people and dogs, especially during hot summer days.
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:16:14 +0000
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.
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:02:23 +0000
For trainers of all skill levels, proofing a behavior for reliability despite strong environmental distractions is one of the most elusive training goals. But hope is on the horizon. Here are 10 techniques that can set up both you and your dog for successful distraction training.
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 12:31:41 +0000
The quest for greatness
Wed, 25 May 2016 21:44:22 +0000
Is the end-of-session signal beneficial or harmful?
Wed, 18 May 2016 19:27:06 +0000
I began teaching people how to clicker train their dogs in 1996. At that time, most pet owners had never heard of clicker training and few class instructors took it seriously. Mine was the only advertisement in the local Yellow Pages that mentioned the word "clicker." I had to persuade students to even try this novel gadget.
A decade later, clickers are now common in dog training classes. But, I suggest, clicker training still is not.
Fri, 13 May 2016 20:31:08 +0000
Spring seems to be the ultimate door-dashing season, as sunshine returns to cure the cabin fever that plagues many humans and canines during the long winter months. In busy families, the front door seems to be in perpetual motion, constantly revolving and providing myriad opportunities for escape. Friends and clients who have dealt with the stress and worry of a lost dog due to an open door accident utter a common refrain: “It was only open for a second.”
Thu, 12 May 2016 20:33:47 +0000
Puppies pay off