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How Much Stress Is Too Much Stress?

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

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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

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“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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When Your Dog Growls …

Dog Growls to Communicate Image, The Academy of Pet Careers

A stranger approaches your dog, and your dog growls. Your dog is dozing on the couch, and you sit down next to him, startling him awake, and he growls. Perhaps your dog is chewing on a favorite toy or eating his food and a child reaches for the toy or the bowl, and your dog…

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Giving Our Pets Choices

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So much of our pets’ lives are dictated by us. We determine when they have access to outside, food, water, resting areas and games. We decide what food they eat. We restrict our dogs’ movements by attaching a leash to them when we take them out. We determine when, or if, they have play dates…

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Scholarship Recipient Aspires to Start Her Own Service Dog Company

ST LOUIS, MO – July 17, 2019 – Cassandra Christensen was recently awarded the Hannelore Bugby Scholarship for Female Entrepreneurs by The Academy of Pet Careers. This scholarship is only offered once per year to a female student who shows ambition and aspires to start her own pet business. The ideal candidate is one who wishes…

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How Much Training Does A Dog Need?

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You’ve decided to train your new (or existing) dog. You’re going to a weekly class. Or you have a trainer coming to your home. Or maybe you’re watching YouTube videos and working on your own. But how much time should you devote to training each day? And how much time should you devote to training…

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The Myth of Reinforcing Fear

Reinforcing Fear, The Academy of Pet Careers

The Myth of Reinforcing Fear There is a school of thought in the training world that says you shouldn’t comfort or give treats to a frightened dog because you are reinforcing fear. For example, if your dog is frightened while getting groomed, you should not stroke them or distract them with treats because this could…

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