Holidays with Dogs: Positive Training Tips Podcast

by Mary Haight on December 21, 2014

Holidays with DogsHolidays with dogs are a joy — how much fun is it to watch them romp in the snow, find and open their gifts, play tag with the surf on the beach, or hike through the woods? Who doesn’t remember the first Christmas with their dog — how wonderful and weird it was for them to watch us dragging that tree into the house — a tree, in the house! But no leg lifting =)

No matter where you live or which holiday it is, it need not be a stress-fest for you *or* your dog. Whether you’re starting out with a new furry member of the household or helping a senior dog cope with an influx of strangers arriving for parties, even staying for a few days, it pays to be prepared and that means preparing your dog. [click to continue…]

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Pet tech and dog training are in a relationship and it’s getting serious — so much so that an entire conference was created to introduce and familiarize trainers with all the new positive training aids developed to assist and reinforce learning, and keep bored, home alone dogs from going to the dark side. [click to continue…]

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Dogs of War Documentary: PTSD Veterans & Shelter Dogs

by Mary Haight on November 11, 2014

dogs of war documentaryThe Dogs of War documentary series premieres tonight on A&E, 10pm Eastern, and will be one reality show worth watching. This series will follow individuals and their dogs and does not shrink from capturing on film what living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is like, and what a vital role these dogs play in the healing process. [click to continue…]

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Compassion Fatigue: Managing Risk in Animal Care

October 31, 2014

Compassion fatigue, depression, and suicide in the veterinary community has been in the news recently, with the stunning loss of internationally renowned animal behaviorist and speaker Dr Sophia Yin, DVM.

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Dog Emotions & The Human-Animal Bond: Are We All Pet Parents Now?

October 30, 2014

Do you think of yourself as a pet parent or more as a pet owner? In the interest of full disclosure, I think of us as pet parents and here’s why: We are responsible for similar basics parents of toddlers are. Our pet’s physical and mental well-being, their healthy curiosity about and confidence in the [...]

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Dog Laws & Sentience: A Scientist’s Epiphany

October 18, 2014

If you’ve been following the new studies on dogs conducted over the last few years, you’re likely to have been surprised, amazed, even thrilled at least once at what is being discovered — how much language dogs are capable of learning, the range of emotions they feel, how they think and how some reason. Do [...]

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Puppy Mills Fight Change: Be The Change Not For The Faint of Heart

October 16, 2014

While we were all looking in one direction of possible precedent-setting change through banning pet shops county-wide here in Illinois, as in a magic trick, puppy mill advocates won a disheartening victory where we weren’t looking. Not only do puppy mills fight change as they attempt to unravel ordinances banning pet shops in cities across [...]

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