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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Boredom Busters!

Rainy days and Mondays don't have to get them down! There is always something that we can do as pet guardians to help our animals when they are bored, frightened, or frustrated. There is a very popular homemade game that dog guardians have been playing with their dogs for years, and now you get to play …

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CHOMP! How a 5 year old boy taught an animal not to bite

Building Trust, Creating Cooperation, and Reducing Aggression at Any Age Even a five year old can teach an animal not to bite.  This well documented video shows a very young boy teaching the family parrot how to feel safe around him, which results in the parrot no longer biting him. What makes this video so …

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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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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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