Dog Training

5 Life Saving Skills Every Dog Should Know

Life Saving Skills Every Dog Should Know, The Academy of Pet Careers

I used to say there were four skills that every dog should know. These skills are truly life-saving skills and every dog owner will use these skills at some point during their dog’s life and it will be the thing that keeps their dog alive another day. What are these amazing, life-saving skills? Drop It…

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Service Dog Requirements: Can My Dog Be A Service Dog?

Service Dog Requirements, The Academy of Pet Careers

Many people want to make their dogs Service Dogs (SD) so that the dog can go to public places with them. It is actually illegal for someone who does not have a diagnosed disability (physical or mental) to have and use service dogs. There are many people with a true need who would benefit from…

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How To Teach Your Dog To “Station”

Station Training Cue, The Academy of Pet Careers

One of the first skills students at our school learn to teach is Station. This skill can go by many names such as Place, Mat, Climb, Bed, etc. What you call it is up to you. Here at The Academy of Pet Careers we call it “Station.” First you must decide on a defined spot…

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What Is Clicker Training (Marker Training)?

What is Clicker Training Marker Training, The Academy of Pet Careers

Clicker training or Marker training is a very popular dog training method used around the world today. It was first used with killer whales at Sea World when the trainers were attempting to teach the whales to jump through the hoops high above the pool. You can’t really toss them a fish while they’re in…

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Do Dogs Like Hugs? Getting Consent to Pet

Do Dogs Like Hugs, The Academy of Pet Careers

If you’re a dog lover, you probably love to pet and cuddle your dog. And maybe every dog you meet. But does the dog want pets and cuddles? Often the answer will be “yes.” But sometimes, the answer will be “not right now.” And for some dogs the, answer may be a resounding “no thank…

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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 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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Therapy Dogs vs. Emotional Support Dogs

Therapy Dogs vs. Emotional Support Dogs

Many people use the terms Therapy Dogs, Emotional Support Dogs, and Service Dogs interchangeably. But these titles have very different meanings. In this article we will dive into Therapy Dogs vs. Emotional Support Dogs. If you are interested in learning more about the different kinds of Service Dogs, click here. Therapy Dogs Therapy Dogs are…

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10 Types of Service Dogs

Types of Service Dogs

Service dogs help individuals with disabilities or medical/mental health conditions live more independent lives. The areas dogs can assist are growing. This blog will discuss 10 types of service dogs and the skills needed to do the job. Note that service dogs are different from Therapy Dogs or Emotional Support Dogs. To learn more about…

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