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.


Gorham Town Supervisor Bows to Public Pressure, Calls for Moratorium on Proposed Breeding Facility

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Public outrage over a proposed new puppy mill has led Gorham, NY Town Supervisor Fred Lightfoote to reverse his position on the project.


Mechanics Matter

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Most dogs are adaptable enough that they are able to learn despite the quality of our training skills, not because of them. This ability has contributed to making them one of the most successful species on the planet.


Living with More Than One Dog

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Living with more than one dog can be a rewarding experience. Knowing how to prevent problems and teaching dogs how to share resources so they do not bully each other, or pester you, is pivotal to having a harmonious multi-dog home.
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It is so not about being tired

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“A tired dog is a good dog.” Ugh. Seriously? A good dog is a good dog from the moment they wake up in the morning.


Stop Insulting Dogs!

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I realize that most people do not intend to insult dogs when they say the following things about them, but if I were a dog, I’d find them less than complimentary.


Oxygen As A Training Tool

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I’m an open-minded trainer and dog owner who has looked at and considered the merits of a variety of different training techniques.