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A Dog Trainer Confesses: I Rarely Walk My Dogs!

1 November, 2012

Thanks for another awesome article, Casey Lomonaco @ Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training

http://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/alternatives-to-walking-dogs-exercise-training

 

"Too often, dog owners are told that more exercise and more walks are the solution to many behavior problems including aggression, reactivity, and separation anxiety. While it is true that a lack of exercise can exacerbate these issues, it's rarely the cause or the cure -- although it is part of the treatment plan.

We should strive to integrate our dogs into our lives. Some of the best-behaved dogs I know never go on leash walks, but instead do virtually everything with their owners. They attend baseball games, go to the hardware store, sit outside a coffee shop, hang out at work, or camp or picnic as a family.   If your dog has behavior issues and cannot engage in these activities, find ones you can do together while you work on your foundation training skills and expand the world you share. Finding ways to make your exercise more engaging will make it less of a chore and more something you can look forward to as a way to unwind at the end of a long day."

Tips for keeping dogs cool in summer

16 June, 2012

Summer is a dangerous time for dogs - making adjustments to their living conditions and lifestyle will help them make it through the heat wave in good health.

Here are some tips on what to do in summer to make sure your dog stays safe.

Tips for Keeping Dogs Cool in Summer

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Dominance – is it appropriate to explain social relationships between dogs and humans?

18 April, 2012

"It is for this reason that I find it inappropriate for dog owners, those running shelters and/or rescues to rely on methods using punishment in working with dogs who are reactive toward other dogs and/or humans. In addition, this applies to dogs who are fearful in specific situations and/or contexts where confidence building is more appropriate than punishment. In both situations, offensively and defensively reactive dogs are not signs of dominance but rather lack of confidence and trust. Animals lacking confidence are more likely to be reactive, animals who don’t trust owners are likely to be reactive and aggressive." - Joyce D. Kesling, CDBC

Dominance – is it appropriate to explain social relationships between dogs and humans?

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When Protein is Bad in Your Pet's Food

28 March, 2012

Finally, an article that gives the the detailed story on the use of soy protein in commercially producted pet food. Manufacturers use this to add cheap protein to foods - but there is a long list of serious concerns and effects on your pet's health that they don't tell you about.

Read about it here - Here's One Protein Dog and Cat Owners Should Steer Clear Of 

Why You Need A Trainer (Even If You Can't Afford One)

7 February, 2012

Here's a Top Ten list with lots of great information!

Exerpt: 

1. You need a trainer for her knowledge.
The fact of the matter is, if you knew how to handle your dog’s behavior problem, you would have already fixed it. You need someone who understands the complexity of behavior. A good professional will understand things like psychology, ethology, pharmacology, and epidemiology, and how that applies specifically to your dog.

Why You Need A Trainer (Even If You Can't Afford One)

 

 

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