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The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position on Humane Training, Dominance Theory & Puppy Socialization

Humane Dog Training Position Statement This statement reviews the current literature on the effects of training style on animal welfare, training effectiveness, and the dog-human relationship.  The statement includes an FAQ with questions from addressing behavior concerns to finding help and resources for more information. Based on current scientific evidence, AVSAB...

What Does Healthy Dog To Dog Play Look Like? …

Here is a nice video of healthy dog to dog play. You can easily see all four parts of M.A.R.S. in this short clip of my Black and Tan Coonhound, Jolie playing with our young Welsh Springer Spaniel, Katie. M.A.R.S. stands for ... 1. Metta signals. These are body language...

A Brief Explanation Of Fear

Fear is so easy to condition into a puppy, but it is so hard to overcome. Understanding how fear is developed I puppies and more can help us work to prevent it. There are five ways that puppies can develop fearful tendencies. They are: 1. Genetics. Fear is passed on...

How Dogs Learn – Part 1

Surprising to many, there is much scientific study dedicated to canine, development, behavior and how puppies and adult dogs learn. Much study is done here in the USA, and around the world, focusing on how dogs learn, how they develop behavior concerns, and more importantly, how best to resolve these...

Is Your Dog A Good Fit For Therapy Dog Work?

Is Your Dog A Good Fit For Therapy Dog Work? Therapy dogs are pet dogs who live with their families as companion dogs. They are trained, along with their owners to become a team who may visit with adults and children in a multitude of settings such as hospitals, retirement...