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American Veterinarian Society on Animal Behavior Dominance Statement.

Key Points• Despite the fact that advances in behavior research have modified our understanding of social hierarchies in wolves, many animal trainers continue to base their training meth- ods on outdated perceptions of dominance theory. (Refer to Myths About Dominance and Wolf Behavior as It Relates to Dogs) Dominance is defined as a relationship between … Continue reading American Veterinarian Society on Animal Behavior Dominance Statement.

Excerpts from AVSAB position statement on training methods.

These excerpts have been taken off the American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behavior official position statement. What are some examples of techniques that may be used by a reward-based trainer?Trainers may use verbal or visual cues to signal (request) the required behavior, a clicker or verbal marker to mark the behavior, and toys, treats, or … Continue reading Excerpts from AVSAB position statement on training methods.

Congratulations to our newest AKC S.T.A.R Puppies!

People ask me when to start training their new puppy. The work begins right away! The prime socialization period ends somewhere between 12 and 16 weeks. If you’ve done your research, your breeder (unless you rescued), should have already done imprinting work with their puppies, using programs like Puppy Culture or the Rule of Seven. … Continue reading Congratulations to our newest AKC S.T.A.R Puppies!

Information on the potential risks of the use of shock (E) collars.

Stop The Shock! One of the risks with shock collars is that dogs can associate the shock with something in their environment. A negative association can be with the person who shocks them and/or things in their environment. One of my client case examples:(please note, the shock training was not used or recommended by me.)This particular … Continue reading Information on the potential risks of the use of shock (E) collars.