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July / August 2018
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July / August 2018

MISTAKES YOU’RE MAKING IN BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION
Lisa Mullinax, ACDBC

I realize the title of this article seems a little judgey, so let me start by saying this: I have made all of these mistakes at various points in my career. Even now, I have times when something goes wrong in a training session and upon closer examination, I will spot one of these mistakes.
There’s no such thing as a perfect training or behavior modification session. I’ve been to lectures by some of the world’s best animal trainers and they have shown videos of themselves training a dog, beluga whale, or walrus and pointed out their training errors. We all make mistakes.. . . .

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May / June 2018
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May / June 2018

Dog Parks Are Dangerous!
By Nancy Kerns

Use extreme caution when taking your dogs to a dog park. Or better yet – don’t visit public dog parks at all.

I’ve never owned a dog that HAD to exercise at a fenced dog park, but I’ve fostered a number of them. I’ve been able to train all of my dogs to perform a solid recall, even when faced with tempting distractions (deer, rabbits, other hikers with dogs, etc.), and have always lived in places where I had access to off-leash trails.
But when I’ve fostered wayward adolescent dogs, there have been times when. . . . .

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February / March 2018
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February / March 2018

I got a shelter / rescue dog
By Taken from a talk given by Louise Thompson ABC of SA
Senior accredited animal behaviour consultant (Canine, feline, equine & avian)

INTRODUCTION

Many of us who are involved with animal rescue, tend to push adoptions as a good choice for owners wanting a new dog! We cajole, we beg, and are very quick to point out the advantages, the moral reasons, and the humanity of saving a life! However, we are often NOT so quick to point out the potential downside! Therefore, it’s not surprising that new owners often have totally unrealistic expectations of their new rescue dog! This can often result in a dog becoming “re-cycled” and ending up back in the system -something all rescuers and shelters want to avoid at all costs!. . . . . .

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October / November 2017
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October / November 2017

Harsh Truths And Difficult Choices: The Reality Of Behavioral Euthanasia

Dr. Jen’s Dog Blog

Adventures and musings of a behavior vet and dog trainer
This week’s topic is not an easy one to discuss. Few things in the world of behavior are quite as controversial as the decision to euthanize a dog – it’s a tragic outcome, heartbreaking for owners, trainers, and veterinarians alike.

Like all controversial topics, this one tends to provoke strong feelings and opinions on both sides. And unfortunately, when emotions are running high, misunderstandings and false assumptions are all too common. . . . . .

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August / September 2017
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August / September 2017

Parent perceptions of the quality of life of pet dogs living with
neuro-typically developing and neuro-atypically developing
children: An exploratory study
Sophie S. Hall,
Hannah F. Wright,
Daniel S. Mills
Published: September 27, 2017

Abstract

There is growing scientific and societal recognition of the role that pet dogs can play in healthy development of children; both those who are neuro-typically developing and those who live with a neuro-developmental disorder, such as autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, little attention has been paid to how living with children positively and negatively affects quality of life of a pet dog. . . . . .

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June / July 2017
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June / July 2017

Leash Aggression in Dogs:
Are We Trying To Put Out A Fire With Gasoline?
By Susan Garrott

I spent six days last week working from a beach house in Los Angeles, California. Hermosa Beach to be exact. It was an unbelievable week for many reasons. A big part of it was the people who were there with me. I have belonged to a small mastermind group for six years now. We get together in person three or four times a year and stay connected beyond that through an email group and through Facebook. We all run online businesses and are all “heart based entrepreneurs” who want to make the world a better place.
I am the only “dog trainer” in our group which, I think, keeps it interesting for everyone. . . . . .

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