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Navigating Your Dog Walking Business Through the Coronavirus

Dog Walking
We know some of you are already experiencing cancellations and revenue loss due to the Coronavirus and others are bracing for the same. We wanted to share some ideas for navigating your business through this stressful and frightening time. There are precious few solid answers right now. We don’t know for sure when this will...
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What’s Wrong With the Right vs. Wrong Myth

Better Behavior Dog Walking
Adapted from The Business of Dog Walking book by Veronica Boutelle Like any organism—humans included—dogs are motivated to do what works for them, and to avoid what doesn’t. (This is operant conditioning, or learning by cause and effect.) Also like humans, dogs are motivated to do things that feel safe, and to avoid things that...
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Transitioning a Dog or Puppy To Independent Bathroom Habits!

Transitioning a Dog or Puppy To Independent Bathroom Habits!

Dog Trainers Mentoring Pet Owners
After a recent webinar for The Pet Professional entitled "When Your Best Laid Plans for House Training Go Awry," we received some excellent feedback.  The webinar was based around the very popular 15-page DogNostics - How To Effectively House Train Your Dog. You can register for the recorded event here. The recorded event includes a...
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Abusive Training Practices

Abusive Training Practices

Dog Trainers
Don’t be misled; many pet professionals still rely on outdated training practices and cultural myths while ignoring the growing body of science that proposes specific, humane methods and approaches. Listed below are just some of the abusive practices still seen across the dog training industry: Hanging – the dog is raised off the floor by...
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Why Are People Cruel To Pets?

Why Are People Cruel To Pets?

Dog Trainers
There is no complete or consistent explanation as to why people are sadistic or cruel to pets. In those who choose to work with pets as an occupation, a commonality would appear to exist in a tendency to view the animals as “other” or significantly different to people. Hunter and Brisbin (2016) explain that the...
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Living Property – The Need for a New Legal Definition

Living Property – The Need for a New Legal Definition

Dog Trainers
This is Chapter Three from the book Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the Bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People. You can access the book here  Are Pets Family? According to The Harris Poll (2015), “nearly all pet owners (95%)…consider their pets to be members of the family.” Yet, legally, pets...
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How To Take Great Photos of Your Dog!

How To Take Great Photos of Your Dog!

Mentoring
Let's face it, who doesn't love looking at cute photos of happy dogs?  Teaching your dog to happily respond to a "Say Cheese!" cue is lots of fun and should also result in some lovely photos of your best friend! Some pets are more than happy to have their photo taken, but others are often...
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Professionals Should Exemplify and Promote Anti-Cruelty Statutes

Professionals Should Exemplify and Promote Anti-Cruelty Statutes

Mentoring
Professionals Should Exemplify and Promote Anti-Cruelty Statutes by Niki Tudge As a population, human beings are all unique. Each one of us is a combination of our genetics and environment. We are shaped by how we filter stimuli and how we think. Our behavior is an output of our own individual experiences, assumptions and perceptions,...
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The Four Steps To Training a New Skill

The Four Steps To Training a New Skill

Pet Owners
The Training Steps We will refer to the training steps as steps 1 through 4  Step One First, we have to get the behavior so we can reinforce it. This is the stage where the dog learns the behavior. There are several methods to get behavior. You will use the most appropriate for you and...
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Waiting For the B12 Kick!

Waiting For the B12 Kick!

Running With Your Dog
Waiting For the B12 Kick! I recently had a full medical examination; the results were good, except the blood tests identified that I had extremely low Vitamin B12. Over the last two months, I knew something wasn’t right as I have felt very tired and quickly exhausted from office work. Given my running schedule, preparing...
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Why Do We Love To Run – Because Our Bodies Are Designed To Move!

Why Do We Love To Run – Because Our Bodies Are Designed To Move!

Running With Your Dog
If we were to ask a sports doctor or a physiologist why people love to move, walk or run, they would probably explain that humans love to run because our bodies are designed for this very function. We are designed to walk and run. We have running bodies. Yes, you heard correctly; our bodies are...
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The Lies We Tell Ourselves About Sugar

The Lies We Tell Ourselves About Sugar

Running With Your Dog
Lies we tell ourselves about sugar Eating sugar will make me feel better This is the last time I'm going to eat this Nobody else really needs to know how much sugar I'm eating Just this once, to celebrate this occasion I'm a failure. I can never stop eating sugar, so why bother I'll run...
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Moving The Dopamine! Running Can Positively Change Your Brain.

Moving The Dopamine! Running Can Positively Change Your Brain.

Running With Your Dog
Moving The Dopamine! Running Can Positively Change Your Brain. Did you know that pleasure and pain are co-located? Well according to Dr. Anna Lembke (2021) “in addition to the discovery of dopamine, neuroscientists have determined that please and pain are processed in overlapping brain regions”. Our brains work to keep a balance of dopamine, an...
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Make It Your Own Whether You Choose To Walk or Run

Make It Your Own Whether You Choose To Walk or Run

Running With Your Dog
Body movement is essential to our well-being, and getting a movement program going often comes down to choosing which one is for you, walking, running, or both.   But did you know there is only one slight difference in the definitions of walking & running? When you walk, you have one foot on the ground.  When...
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Slithery Snakes and Other Scary Things!

Slithery Snakes and Other Scary Things!

Running With Your Dog
It's that time of year when we see many snakes and lizards warming themselves along our running pathways. Having lived in Florida for over 15 years, I know these are a common but not always welcome sight. As a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant, snake avoidance was built into my puppy-raising plan when Doogie...
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