Setting Aside Judgement – Focusing on Education

“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around us in awareness.” ― James Thurber 2014's National Dog Bite Prevention Week is wrapping up.  It’s been a tremendously positive week with so many great messages about safety, prevention, and dog awareness being spread across the nation and world. The goal that we educators and …

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Hugs and Hostages?

  2014 It's National Hug Your Dog Day!  Let's dig deep into the science of hugs! I will be the first to admit: Sometimes I want to hug our dog and cats (and other animals) like the Abominable Snowman in the bit from "Daffy Duck's Quackbusters" cartoon.   But I don't.   I know they don't …

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Education Is Prevention.

Education is the key to many things, including safety and wellbeing in our homes.   This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week.  It's the perfect time to reflect on how we can better understand our canine companions, educate and guide children of all ages, and share what we have learned over the years with …

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The Far Reaching Effects of Pain and Discomfort

Look beneath the surface; let not the several quality of a thing nor its worth escape thee. ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Pain is a very common medical issue that can create or exacerbate behavior problems in our animal companions.  We must be aware of this.  Labeling behavior as "acting out" or "misbehaving" is not going to …

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Dog Language

So often we interpret dog behavior through our human thoughts and experiences.  But dogs do not communicate using our language.  Canine language consists of a large variety of signals using body, face, ears, tail, sounds, movement, and complex expression.  If we study the signals dogs use with each other, we increase our ability to communicate …

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Ladder of Aggression

The Ladder of Aggression:  What every dog guardian needs to know Do you know the subtle signals that dogs give when they are stressed?  Did you know that if you don't help your dog, they can escalate? Here's a great way to see how your dog's behavior can escalate into aggression.  Think of a ladder …

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YOUR Role In Dog Bite Prevention

When you know better you do better. - Maya Angelou   National Dog Bite Prevention Week is here!  This entire week is dedicated to educating people of all ages about how to becomes more Dog Aware, and increase the safety of kids and dogs.  We are focusing on the facts, not on creating fear. NOTE: There …

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Who’s Walking Whom?

 Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.  It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them. ― John Grogan, Marley and …

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