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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Fortify the barriers! Be proactive instead of reactive!

Today's tip for ‪#‎NationalDogBitePrevention‬ Week:  Be proactive instead of reactive! If you are expecting a certified letter or a package to be delivered to your front door, place your dog(s) in a separate room, and securely close that door before you open your front door. Dogs have been known to break through screen doors and even plate-glass …

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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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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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Those On the Journey with Us

You only have to look around at your soul companions, who are making this journey with you, to realize how blessed you are.

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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Nothing Happens “Out of the Blue”

Myth:  Animal bites happen "out of the blue." Truth:  Animal bites are provoked in some form, and they can be prevented.   When I think of common animal bites, three companion animals first come to mind:  dogs, parrots, and cats.  All three of these are social animals. Why does this fact matter?  Well, social animals use …

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