Dial Up the Dopamine!

Birds flyin' high, you know how I feel Sun in the sky, you know how I feel Breeze driftin' on by, you know how I feel It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me. Yeah, it's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me, …

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Why Training Is Essential

Training is not a luxury, but a key component to good animal care. There are many reasons people choose to train an animal.  Some people train animals to avoid being bitten, attacked, or crushed by them.  Some people train animals to avoid being their next meal.  Some people train animals to make their lives easier …

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Tortoises Teaching Us Through Touch-Screen Technology!

The old assumption that animals acted exclusively by instinct, while man had a monopoly of reason, is, we think, maintained by few people nowadays who have any knowledge at all about animals.  We can only wonder that so absurd a theory could have been held for so long a time as it was, when on …

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Day of the Dragon!

Today is International Appreciate A Dragon Day!  Yeah, I know.  It sounds crazy, but if there is an international peanut butter day, then dragons can certainly have their turn in the international spotlight.  As soon as I heard that today was appreciate a dragon day, I was really psyched because one very special dragon came …

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Chubby, Tubby, Plump and Pudgy

Jelly-Belly, butterball, husky, portly.  We jokingly refer to chunky animals as this, but it's no laughing matter.  Experts estimate that nearly 55% of companion animals are overweight. This directly increases their risk for many serious conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, breathing problems, and heart disease.  They blame the pudgy pet problem on too many treats …

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The Problem with “NO”

Tuesday's Training Tip: The Problem with “NO” There is nothing inherently wrong with telling an animal “no,” except that it doesn't give them enough information. Instead of saying “no!”, show them what you want them to do instead. Animals don't generalize; their behaviors are very specific, so we should be specific. For example, when the …

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Training Tips from The Cat

Ask and It Is Given: Why Force-Free Is the Way to Go!

Why would you force someone to do something when you can just ask them politely? This is what many animal trainers have been trying to teach the public (and our fellow "old school" trainers and colleagues for years). Thankfully, now we are seeing it happen in almost every species! Rabbits are one of the many …

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