Dog Training

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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Service Dog vs Therapy Dog: What Is The Difference?

Service Dog Training

There is a lot of confusion about what makes a dog a Service Dog, and what it means when a dog holds this role. Let’s take a moment and clarify the differences between Service Dogs and Therapy Dogs. What Is A Service Dog? According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), dogs are the only…

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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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Meet Our Newest Dog Training Instructor

Jody Epstein Dog Training Instructor

The Academy of Pet Careers is excited to welcome the newest addition to our team, Jody Epstein! Jody will be taking over the role of head dog training instructor for our dog training school. In addition, she will be the new animal behavior instructor for our Pet Empowerment Program. We are excited to have Jody…

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Why Attend A Dog Trainer School?

Dog Trainer School in Missouri

We know you have many options for dog training education. It is important for you to understand and appreciate the benefits of each option. An online education can offer a speedy education and the convenience of learning from home. Finding a mentor is a cheap alternative to a formal education. But a hands-on dog trainer…

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How To Become A Dog Trainer

How To Become A Dog Trainer

Starting a new career can be exciting, but you may have questions about how to get started. If you’ve ever wondered how to become a dog trainer, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together this guide just for you that lays out all your options. Before you get started, it’s important to define…

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