Animal Behavior

Adolescent Dogs: What a Pain in the Tail!

Adolescent Dogs, The Academy of Pet Careers

You got your puppy when she was 8 weeks old. You took her to a ton of places and paired new sights and sounds with tasty treats so she’d learn that the world is a safe and fun place to explore. She went to puppy class and learned her basic manners such as Sit, Down,…

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Resource Guarding In Dogs

Resource Guarding In Dogs, The Academy of Pet Careers

Resource Guarding, also called possession aggression, is a common behavior problem for many pet parents. Your dog suddenly becomes defensive over his food bowl, a toy, his favorite bed, maybe even a favorite person. He hovers, with his chin held over his prized possession. He may show his teeth and growl or snarl or even…

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Snow Day Activities For Your Dog

Snow Day Activities For Dogs, The Academy of Pet Careers

Sometimes it’s just too cold outside to go for a long walk or play fetch in the yard. But our dogs still need their exercise. What can we do to help our furry family burn through that cabin fever?   Did you know that a dog will burn more energy engaging in mental exercise than…

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How to Help Your Dog Overcome A Fear of Nail Trims

Fear of Nail Trims, The Academy of Pet Careers

Nail trimming is often one of the scariest parts of the dog grooming process for the dog, but it’s also a part that is critical for the health of any pet, whether they have long hair or short hair. If you have a dog that is scared of having his nails trimmed, there are several…

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On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals By Turid Rugaas

On Talking Terms With Dogs Calming Signals By Turid Rugaas

Book Summary Turid Rugaas does an excellent job in explaining the many subtle signals that dogs use to communicate when they are uncomfortable in social situations. These are referred to as calming signals. While she acknowledges that we don’t know if such signals are given with direct intent to communicate or if they are simply…

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Empowerment Training By James O’heare

Understanding Empowerment, Training For It, And Rehabilitating Disempowerment Book Summary Mr. O’Heare does a nice job of summarizing basic learning theory as understood by behaviorism and applied behavior analysis. He also provides details of the evolution of behavior modification techniques. He covers past methodology when the focus was on using aversive stimuli and punishment to…

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Don’t Punish Wanted Behavior

Don't Punish Wanted Behavior, The Academy of Pet Careers

Reading the title of this blog, you might be wondering who on earth would punish their dog for doing a behavior they want. But the truth is that many of us do this without even realizing it. For example, you catch your dog digging through the trash and call him to you. He stops digging…

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The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare

In the 1960s there was a push in the UK to improve livestock husbandry standards. The UK Farm Animal Welfare Council formalized a position statement called The Five Freedoms in 1979. Since that time this same standard for basic animal welfare has been embraced by professional groups around the world from veterinarians to national sheltering…

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The Humane Hierarchy in Training and Behavior Modification

The Humane Hierarchy

The Humane Hierarchy was developed by Dr. Susan Friedman, PhD, and adopted by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) as the preferred order of interventions. We use this framework in both obedience training and behavior modification. The aim is to ensure that we’re tending to all of the dog’s needs while using the…

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Grisha Stewart – Behavior Adjustment Training

Grisha Stewart Behavior Adjustment Training BAT

The Academy of Pet Careers is excited to host the amazing Grisha Stewart and her Teamwork Dog Seminar. For information about the event, please visit the event page. About Grisha Stewart Grisha is the founder of Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) and is a lifelong pet advocate. Her mission is to teach families with dogs and other…

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