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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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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Cat Agility Is Here To Stay!

The only difference between your abilities and others is the ability to put yourself in their shoes and actually try. ― Leonardo Ruiz The world is full of crazy people doing crazy cool things, so it takes a lot to impress me these days, but a young girl from the Czech Republic has trained her cat, Suki, …

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Let The Games Begin!

Today is the "opening day" of a brand new, fun competition and you are invited! Event Details Who:  You! Your friends! Your family! Your colleagues! Your coworkers! And of course, your animal companions (pets)! What:  The International Day of Celebration for Force Free Training & Pet Care When:  Friday, January 17, 2014 - Saturday, March 15, 2014 Where:  …

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Calming the Canine In the Castle

One of the most challenging and frustrating behaviors that many dog guardians experience with their canine companions is when someone knocks on the front door. Dogs seems to go into some kind of medieval warrior role as if their Canine Castle was about to be invaded. God forbid the doorbell rings! And oh my word, …

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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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Hello Doggie!

 MYTH:  When greeting a new dog, extend your hand towards its face for it to sniff.  FACTS:  Dogs don't sniff each other's paws when greeting, and similar to us, they prefer to be asked before being touched by a stranger.  A dog can smell you from many feet away so you don't have to put your hand …

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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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