An Interview with Sarah Wilson

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Sarah Wilson’s mission is to help people help their dogs.
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Put A Muzzle On It

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In the contest of who dislikes the thought of putting a muzzle on my dog, I’d come in a close second to the dog who has to wear it.
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Living In The Moment

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Of all of the silly things I hear in regard to dog behavior the proclamation that ‘dogs live in the moment’ perhaps takes the cake.
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An Interview With Ian Dunbar

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John Bell Young interviews world renowned dog trainer, behaviorist, lecturer, and author Dr. Ian Dunbar.
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Canine Culture: The Experts Speak

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An unprecedented series of in-depth interviews with the world’s best trainers and behaviorists offers invaluable insight for any pet owner interested in fostering a stronger relationship with their dog.
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Fearful Dog Talk

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I have had the opportunity to chat with a variety of radio and podcast hosts about the topic nearest and dearest to my heart.
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Why Does My Dog Eat Poop?

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Although the thought of this activity is nauseating, there is actually one stage in a pet’s life when coprophagia is expected.
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THE BELLY BUTTON RULE

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Until a dog has the skills to come into contact with the things that cause them to react negatively, don’t risk them getting in over their heads.
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The Behavior Sandwich

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People often think of a dog’s behavior in much the same way as they think about a sandwich. It’s usually the meat in the middle that they are most concerned with. But behavior, like a sandwich has more going on than just the filling. What’s around the filling can matter a lot.




Preparing Your Pup for a New Baby

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While bringing home a newborn baby is an exciting time in any family’s life, many parents may be concerned about their pets sharing this same enthusiasm.




Understanding the Foundation of Fear in Dogs

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Understanding the physiological effects of fear on a dog’s autonomic nervous system (ANS) is not just a bunch of big words tossed out to make me feel smart. Truth be told, it’s sentences like that that make me grateful for spell check.




Should I Get Another Dog to Help My Fearful Dog?

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It’s not uncommon for people who are living with a dog who is afraid of people or new environments to wonder if getting another dog would be helpful. It’s a generous thought but there are many potential pitfalls to take into consideration before making that leap.




Tread Lightly

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There seems to be a rash of redemption videos making the rounds online. Dogs who once were fearful are transformed into confident, huggable dogs by the deft handling and/or love of their savior.




The Economy of Incentives and the Surprising Science of Motivation

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“It has already been demonstrated that an essential element of organizations is the willingness of persons to contribute their individual efforts to the cooperative system…the contributions of personal efforts which constitute the energies of organizations are yielded because of incentives.




Energy Wise

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‘The Power Of Intent’ by Dr. Wayne Dwyer was being aired on PBS, though I’d listened to it on CD I decided that the message of his presentation was worth hearing again and so stayed awake to watch it.




Don’t Take My Lead On This One

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Sunny came to us a dog with no skills for interacting comfortably with people. That was obvious, but what wasn’t obvious to me at the time was that being in a house was also a horrifying experience for him as well.




Why Dominance Won’t Die

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Before I proceed, I have to respond to the title of this post with, “I only wish I knew.” I have some ideas, but I suspect reasons vary from trainer to trainer and pet owner to pet owner.




How Safe is Your Child Around Dogs?

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According to the CDC, 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. One in five bites requires medical attention. And in 2006, over 30,000 people required reconstructive surgery to repair damage done by a dog bite.




The Canine Language

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Have you ever wished that your dog could talk to you? I’m sure, like millions of others, myself included, that you have. Well, I have good news for you, dogs do “talk” to us, and they do it a lot.




Funny Dog Pictures, Unless You’re The Dog

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I have a sense of humor, really I do. I think those pictures of puppies in hotdog buns, chewing on shoe laces and snoozing belly up are cute, I do, honest.