There are few things that squeeze the heart more than the sight of a bundle of wee kittens. And often, the impulse that immediately follows
Do you ever wish your dog would back out of the way as you come through the door? Do you worry about your dog’s spine
On our training registration forms for class or private sessions, the last question is “What are Your Goals for Training?” Some people have very specific
Play is actually a very necessary part of training. Humans that play with their dogs have an easier time at training usually because the dog is used to following cues and body language.
Recently there was an article being passed around about companies that offer “pawternity leave” for new pet parents. This time off from work (usually a day or two but in some cases up to a whole week) allows people the opportunity for extra bonding time, to settle the pet in the home, spend time socializing the pet with friends and family, and start training. I think it is an interesting and positive concept if used constructively.
There’s a common practice in dog training called NILIF (Nothing in Life is Free). To some extent these techniques work well for force-free training, but it is important to practice deprivation correctly, humanely, and always support it with positive reinforcement.