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How to best introduce and utilize the crate

I worked with a client recently who had just adopted a young dog from a shelter. She had been advised to use the crate but was reluctant. She described it as many clients have over the years by saying “I hate to crate him while I am

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Professional Standards for Dog Trainers: The 2001 Project

In the most recent CAAB Chat, available for registration now… Dating back to the advent of professional dog training, trainers have argued over methods. The field has resisted regulation throughout its entire history, although recently a handful of states and/or municipalities have started to venture into those

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Socialization is more than mere exposure

Anyone who has acquired a puppy is likely to have heard that they must socialize extensively during the first year of life. “Bring your puppy with you on outings,” owners are told, “to the park, on city streets, through neighborhoods. Introduce your puppy to cars and bikes

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Young foals show similar learning abilities to their older counterparts

Researchers Elena Martinez de Andino and Sue McDonnell found that the abilities of younger foals, aged six weeks to three months, were similar to those aged three to five months when it came to operant learning. Read more here:    

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A dog’s least favorite holiday?

As 4th of July approaches, Dr. Megan Maxwell, CAAB, discusses some strategies for dealing with many dogs’ least favorite holiday. “Crash! Whistle! Boom!” Every year on July 4th, people across the country gather to observe magnificent fireworks displays. They dazzle and excite us, causing our heart to

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Trainers Ring Spring 2017

Welcome back to the Trainers Ring! This time around, we’ll be talking about puppies. With summer break coming up, many families are preparing to bring home a new puppy while the kids are out of school for a few months. Here are tips for families to best

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Introducing a Muzzle

There are certain situations in which a dog with a history of aggression should or must wear a muzzle during behavior therapy or otherwise to ensure the safety of those around the dog. A basket-style muzzle is ideal for this because it allows the dog to take

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CAAB Chat with authors of The Science Behind a Happy Dog: Canine Training, Thinking, and Behavior

With Guest Chatters Emma Grigg, Ph.D., CAAB and Tammy Donaldson, Ph.D., CAAB “In writing this book, Tammy and I wanted to provide an easy-to- use resource for dog owners or guardians who want to provide the best possible lives for their dogs, have questions that need answers,

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Bringing a Second Dog into the Home

In this excerpt from her pet behavior advice column, The Teacher’s Pets, Dr. Megan Maxwell, CAAB, addresses a reader’s question about what to consider when adopting a second dog. Hi Dr. Maxwell,  I was wondering if you could give me some insight on adding a second dog

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Sorry to Say (Dogs and Guilt, Revisited), from Dr. Patricia McConnell

In this recent blog post, Dr. Patricia McConnell, CAAB, discusses a recent attribution of guilt to a dog’s behavior and the importance of differentiating between “guilt” and social appeasement behavior. The page includes a great video demonstration of pseudoguilt as well. Sorry to Say (Dogs and Guilt,

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