Posts filed under: Training and Behavior

I admit it: I am obsessed with dogs’ nails. I have a strong personal reason for feeling this way and it’s one that I think many dog owners share: I lived with a dog for 13 and a half years...
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Recently, I was lucky enough to complete the Fear Free Pets certification course. While the course is focused on teaching veterinary professionals how to help eliminate fear, anxiety and stress from vet care, the information that is meant to be...
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  Your Pit Bull and You was launched on March 1, 2013. We started with a very simple mission- to promote pit bulls in a positive light and to highlight the benefits of reward-based training. In just over 4 years,...
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There’s this dog I know. Her name is Penny. She’s a brindle, tall, muscle-y, grey muzzled pit bull. She was found in a park and brought to the shelter in September 2016. She walked right up to the front door,...
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Bang! is a really neat trick for a few reasons. First, some dogs are so seemingly dramatic about it, it’s hilarious. Like, look at this kid.  Amazing, flashy, hilarious, fun. It’s also a trick that confounded me for a long...
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Having gone through The Academy for Dog Trainers, I’ve had an extensive education on the value and importance of using training plans when working with dogs. Because of this, I know the perils of going rogue. So, I should have known...
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  Recently, on an unseasonably warm winter evening, Paul and I were sitting outside on the patio of our favorite local restaurant, Triumph Brewing Company. Like moths to a flame, we were drawn to the dog who was sitting out...
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Working in an animal shelter, I see all manner of behavior- all day, every day. From animals…and from people. I see happy, I see sad, I see conflicted, I see scared. It may look different from person to person, from...
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As a dog trainer, I put a lot of effort into reframing key principles of animal learning for clients, avoiding the use of technical jargon.  They’re looking for help with their dogs, not a lecture on applied behavior analysis or...
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On Sunday, May 8th, 2016, Women’s Humane Society in Bensalem, PA. will be hosting Debbie Jacobs, author of A Guide to Living With & Training A Fearful Dog. Debbie is an expert in treating fear and anxiety in dogs and...
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