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Canine Enrichment during the COVID-19 Pandemic

As communities begin taking direct action regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, people will be stuck at home for 2-4 weeks (or longer). Some areas have already begun this self-isolation while others are just gearing up. Working from home might keep you busy, but what about our furry family members? They may be used to going to…

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New Veterinary Assistant School in St. Louis

Image of man at Veterinary Assistant School holding a cat

ST LOUIS, MO – January 13, 2020 – With the recent closing of Vatterott College, not far behind Hickey and Sanford Brown, the St. Louis veterinary community is left with an unprecedented demand for qualified pet professionals.  The Academy of Pet Careers hopes to fill this void by opening St. Louis’ only Vet Assistant School.  …

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Invisible Fences: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Dog in front yard behind an invisible fence

Many homeowners rely on underground, or invisible fences to contain their furry family on their property. Sometimes this choice is made because the property is quite large, and a physical fence would be cost prohibitive. Other times, it’s the community rules that prohibit physical fencing for aesthetic reasons.   The Good The only “good” part…

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Sequential Overload in Pets

Sequential Overload in Pets Infographic

Stress isn’t all bad.  Stress is needed to avoid potential dangers; it’s part of animals’ natural responses to threats: if they don’t respond to threats in nature, they don’t survive!   Some level of good stress (eustress) is even needed for learning. Learn more in this blog on The Canine Learning Stress-O-Meter.   Certainly, too…

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How Much Stress Is Too Much Stress?

The Canine Learning Stress-O-Meter Infographic

In the force free training world (aka positive reinforcement), we try to minimize the amount of stress our pets experience during training. But in order to answer how much stress is too much stress, we must first understand a little bit more about “stress.”   Types of Stress There are two types of stress an…

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Social Pressure In Force Free Training

Social Pressure In Dog Training Image, The Academy of Pet Careers

When people hear the term “force free”, or “fear free” or “positive reinforcement” or “cooperative” in relation to training, certain ideas usually come to mind. For many who do not fully understand the concept of this type of training, they may think that the idea of using any kind of “pressure” is taboo for us…

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State Licensing for Dog Groomers and Trainers

State Licensing Image, The Academy of Pet Careers

Many states in the USA are looking into requiring licensing for groomers and for trainers. What is driving this perceived need for licensing? Owners want their dogs to be safe when they’re dropped off with the groomer, trainer, or other pet professional.   Many of these states started off with a story of an injury,…

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Is My Dog Too Old To Learn?

Is My Dog Too Old To Learn Image, The Academy of Pet Careers

Have you ever heard the phrase “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”? As it happens, this phrase has nothing to do with dogs, dog tricks or teaching senior dogs new things. It actually refers to the idea that it can be challenging to get humans to change well-established habits.   So, with that…

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R+ Training: Using Positive Reinforcement

Girl Rewards Husky with Treat Using R+ Training Image, The Academy of Pet Careers

“All of those positive reinforcement (R+) trainers always use food for training.”…“The dogs won’t work unless they see you have treats.”…“My dog isn’t that food motivated, so R+ training clearly won’t work for us….”   Have you heard these comments?…Have you made these comments?   Let’s take a step back and address these common misunderstandings…

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