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Ethics in the Pet Industry

Ethics in the Pet Industry

Dog Trainers Industry Oversight Ponderings
Just a Few Ramblings  Regarding  Ethics In The Pet Industry An excerpt from Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the Bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People.  It is our view that dog trainers, behavior consultants and professional pet care providers are bound to pursue a philosophical approach that blends both the Golden...
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Slick, Misleading, and Fraudulent Training Labels

Slick, Misleading, and Fraudulent Training Labels

Mentoring
Misleading Terminology Dog trainers who use punishment-based approaches and equipment designed to work by causing fear and/or pain commonly market themselves under a variety of verbiage and marketing slogans such as “balanced,” “positive relationship,” “natural methods,” “relationship building,” “positive only,” and “no food necessary.” These are all taglines that are bandied around but mislead unsuspecting...
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Pet Professionals and Cruelty – Important Questions

Pet Professionals and Cruelty – Important Questions

Dog Trainers Industry Oversight
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Don’t Be Pushed Off Your Advocacy Game

Don’t Be Pushed Off Your Advocacy Game

Dog Trainers Industry Oversight
The action of advocacy is woven into the very fabric of our society. Any issue will likely be advocated for by groups, individuals, or government bodies. It’s how we help initiate change and how our society moves forward. Advocating for issues can challenge us to think, reevaluate and question our position as well as our...
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Why Not Debate Somebody in Real-Time?

Why Not Debate Somebody in Real-Time?

Industry Oversight
I have been asked several times recently why I will not or have not gone on to a podcast or live debate with other high profile dog trainers. Two years ago, I was asked to debate a controversial host on a podcast, and for several reasons, I turned it down. I was asked repeatedly, bordering...
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Self-Control is a Limited Resource – Don’t waste it!

Self-Control is a Limited Resource – Don’t waste it!

Ponderings
Procrastination doesn’t just dampen our moods. It also takes a toll on our executive function. Moreover, the habit of procrastination makes us more likely to procrastinate in the future. Procrastinating over time weakens our executive function and makes overriding more tempting short-term options increasingly more difficult. Let’s look at an example of this. You have...
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Would You Invite Your Best Friend To a Restaurant With Cusine They Don’t Like?

Would You Invite Your Best Friend To a Restaurant With Cusine They Don’t Like?

Pet Owners Ponderings
Doogie and I walk together every day and run every other day. Doogie only ever runs 6 miles on roads, and then she goes home to snuffle mats and frozen Kongs while I clock up more miles. Doogie often prefers to walk. But whether we choose to walk or run, the focus is always on...
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Tips On Building a Small Business Referral List

Tips On Building a Small Business Referral List

Grow your business
by Niki Tudge The lack of marketing strategy is where most businesses fail.  Unfortunately, both extremes can fail, either ignoring your customers and potential customers or constantly "pitching" to your customers and potential customers – bombarding them with non-stop sales pitches. Referral marketing is the most cost-effective method for a small, service business to market. ...
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Dogs Are Always Food Motivated – They Need It for Survival

Dogs Are Always Food Motivated – They Need It for Survival

Dog Trainers Pet Owners
Once you have ruled out any possible health concerns, you need to ask some questions that will help establish the possible reasons that the dog does not find food motivating during their training sessions. Let’s look at what we consider to be ten key questions and what you can do to address them!
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You CAN’T Reinforce Fear, But You CAN Help Take It Away.

You CAN’T Reinforce Fear, But You CAN Help Take It Away.

Dog Trainers Pet Owners
Is your dog afraid of thunder and lightning? I have heard and seen people advising pet guardians to ignore their dogs when they are frightened.  They are warned that paying attention to the dog will make them worse and lead to the dog being more fearful in future. This is nonsensical.  As long as you...
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3 Things To Understand About How Dogs Keep Cool!

3 Things To Understand About How Dogs Keep Cool!

Dog Trainers Pet Owners
3 Things To Understand About How Dogs Keep Cool! Your dog has three ways to help keep cool in hot conditions; Panting, sweating and blood vessel expansion. On very hot and humid days, even with a few cooling systems on board, our pets can still struggle to regulate their temperatures. Running, hard play, direct sun...
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Enrichment for Captive and Domesticated Pets

Enrichment for Captive and Domesticated Pets

Dog Trainers Pet Owners
Animals that are held by, or fully under the control of, humans, meaning they are prevented from escaping, are said to be in captivity.  We tend to use the term “captive” to describe wild animals being confined in Zoos or animal in agriculture and farming but in fact the term “captive” also applies to our...
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Using Pet Enrichment For Hot Weather Periods

Mentoring
Enrichment is really important for our pets but really comes into its own when you cannot physically exercise your pet due to really hot weather  What is Enrichment? Enrichment allows our pets to demonstrate their species-typical behavior. It also provides them the time and resources to exercise control or choice over their own environment. And...
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The Rules To Approaching a Known Dog!

The Rules To Approaching a Known Dog!

Pet Owners
Is It Safe to Approach a Known Dog? You may assume that it is safe in certain contexts to approach a dog that you know. However, you still need to exercise caution and respect the dog’s space. Every child – and adult for that matter – should be taught a few basic rules about how...
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What is Punishment in Dog Training & Why It’s Not The Best Option To Teaching Your Dog!

What is Punishment in Dog Training & Why It’s Not The Best Option To Teaching Your Dog!

Dog Trainers Pet Owners
Punishment with regard to dogs and dog training is anything that is intended to reduce an undesirable behavior. Shouting, hitting or withholding a toy or affection can all be considered punishment. Although punishment is a simple concept, many complex variables determine whether punishment will have the intended effect of reducing or eliminating an unwanted behavior....
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