Worried about using food luring during training? by Kelly Ballantyne, DVM, DACVB The science is pretty clear at this point that using positive reinforcement (i.e. giving an animal something s/he likes to increase the chance they’ll repeat a behavior) is the most effective and humane means of training. In...
Dogs and cats are social animals who can learn easily to respond to many of our words, gestures, and body language cues throughout any given day. In some cases, our pets learn our words so well that we end up having to spell them out when communicating with other...
Q: I have a 3 1/2-year-old male silky terrier who is very intelligent and lovable. He has a large, fenced-in area in our back yard to run free, which he does during the day. My problem is that when he is in the house and someone opens the front...
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/decoding-your-pet/201710/abnormal-behaviors-arent-always-psychological (From Psychology Today’s Decoding your Pet series, brought to you by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists)
How refreshing it is to feel the warm breeze and see the pops of color appearing around town as we (finally!) move into spring. For those of us who like to fancy ourselves green-thumbed, one of the brightest aspects of spring is the chance to get back into the...
Molly and Polly were two Pugs I worked with several years ago. Among other problems, I was called in to address an issue the owners found especially distasteful – the dogs ate their own feces. When crated, the dogs would defecate and then eat whatever they had deposited. Outside,...
Upcoming Book Publication: Train your Dog Now! From Simon and Schuster publishing company: The forthcoming book Train Your Dog Now! Your Instant Training Handbook, from Basic Commands to Behavior Fixes by Jennifer L. Summerfield, DVM CPDT-KA (March 6, 2018), presents an effective, new way to train a dog, with bite-sized instructions to help owners teach...
Valentine’s Day Safety Tips for Pet Owners https://topdogtips.com/valentines-day-dog/
A Clockwork Hound: Fruit Fly Clock Genes and Understanding the Genetics of Dog Behavior In this most recent CAAB Chat, Drs. Stephen Zawistoski, CAAB, and Jessica Hakman, DVM, discuss some new and exciting research on canine behavior genetics. For more information and to registerl visit: http://caabchats.com/a-clockwork-hound-fruit-fly-clock-genes-and-understanding-the-genetics-of-dog-behavior/
Grrr… This Lap Belongs to Me! When I met Lucy for the first time, she rushed to greet me at the front door, happily jumping and whining as she tried frantically to lick my face. She was a 9-pound Chihuahua mix, totally adorable and totally adored by her owners,...
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