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The Dominance Down

Dr. Radosta discusses the problematic “dominance down” – the forced down position mistakenly used by some owners (and recommended by some trainers!) for achieving dominance over one’s dog. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201411/the-dominance-down

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Selections from Dr. Sophia Yin

Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin was an excellent speaker and writer who conveyed a clear understanding of behavioral principles as they are applied to the behavior of pet dogs. Her influence in the world of dog training and behavior therapy is broad and she will be dearly

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Interactive Dog Toys Review

Certified Pet Dog Trainer Pat Miller throws a Paw Lickers Puzzle Party and lets some dogs test out a series of new interactive puzzle toys designed by Sweden’s Nina Ottosson (including the Dog Tornado, the Dog Smart, the Dog Pyramid, the Dog Spinny, and more). She provides

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Book Review: Vet Clinics of N. America: Small Animal Practice “Behavior: A Guide For Practitioners”

Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice “Behavior: A Guide For Practitioners” with guest editors, Dr. Gary Landsberg and Dr. Valarie Tynes (Link to: http://www.vetsmall.theclinics.com/issues?issue_key=S0195-5616%2814%29X0003-3) Review by Dr. Amy Pike In May of 2014, Elsevier published their quarterly compilation of clinical review articles which focused solely

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Product Review: Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl

The Brake Fast Bowl (Link: http://www.brake-fast.net/) Review by Dr. Leslie Sinn, Behavior Resident The Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl comes in small (1.5 cup capacity), medium (5 cup capacity) and large (8 cup capacity).  The bowl contains 3 posts that force dogs to manipulate around the columns to

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The Truth About Positive Reinforcement

Dr. Haug provides a brief overview of positive reinforcement and some common misconceptions about its use in the dog training community. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201409/the-truth-about-positive-reinforcement

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How to clean your dog’s ears

This video shows a dog that has his first ear infection. The ear is very painful and we need to collect samples. Very few dogs only have one ear infection in their life. It is important to make this first impression a good one. In addition owner

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Cattle video

This video was put together by students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Understanding rabbit behavior and preventing and treating behavior problems

Most behaviors exhibited by pet rabbits can be linked back to their ancestors’ lifestyles. Understanding how to manage these natural behaviors in a home environment as well as knowing how to prevent and treat problem behaviors will help rabbits and owners coexist peacefully. Link to article by

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Training Your Pet to Take Medication

This is a video on teaching your pet to take medication, without touching your pet. This technique can be used for a variety of species with slight modifications. The key is to go slow and not force your pet. For the pdf instructions visit the related website

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