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The Top Ten Most Important Dog Training Knowledge Concepts for Pet Owners to Understand

The Top Ten Most Important Dog Training Knowledge Concepts for Pet Owners to Understand

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  As professional dog trainers and behavior consultants, we know that training your dog requires a combination of knowledge and mechanical skills; after all, dog training is a hands-on project.  We also recognize that there are several ways to train a dog, lots of different methods, and many conflicting and varied philosophies about how training...
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Help Keep Rover Safe – Food That May be Toxic to Pets

Help Keep Rover Safe – Food That May be Toxic to Pets

Pet Owners
Knowing what is safe and unsafe for a pet to eat can be a complicated topic as while one dog may eat grapes and be fine, another may fall seriously ill and even die. My own dogs often eat avocados that fall from the trees in our garden. They do, however, always leave the seed,...
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The Value of Respect – A New DogNostics Podcast

The Value of Respect – A New DogNostics Podcast

Podcast
DogNostics Podcast - Respect! Everyday respect plays a meaningful part of our lives and can be seen and expressed in many ways.   Respect is the way we show appreciation to the valuable qualities of others, and we are all worthy of this appreciation.   People tend to respect those with authority but respect for...
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DogNostics Top 10 Tips For Keeping Pets Safe This Holiday Season

DogNostics Top 10 Tips For Keeping Pets Safe This Holiday Season

Pet Owners
Endeavor to maintain your pet’s normal routine. Walks, training, mental and physical enrichment, interactive feeding toys, chews, training & bedtime - Try to keep your pet’s daily routine as normal as possible. If you’re hosting celebrations, remember to exercise pets before your guests arrive. This will help them de-stress and cope better when the festivities...
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Teach – Educate – Empower … Rather than!

Teach – Educate – Empower … Rather than!

Industry Oversight
Rather than put all the responsibility for the dog’s behavior on the dog, take it upon yourself to teach him alternative behaviors that can be reinforced and benefit the mutual relationship Rather than waiting for a dog to make a mistake so you can punish him, reinforce behavior you like to help the dog learn...
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Occupational Licensing – The Pet Industry. It’s Not Always Get What You Want!

Occupational Licensing – The Pet Industry. It’s Not Always Get What You Want!

Industry Oversight
In the United States, more than one-quarter, or 25-30% of workers, are now required to hold a license to perform their jobs. Many of these licenses are controlled and administered at a state level (Roth & Ramlow, 2016). In fact, there has been a five-fold growth in state level licensing since the early 1950s. In...
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Ethics in Pet Training and Behavior Consulting – An Important Discussion about Licensing Must Discuss Professional Ethics!

Ethics in Pet Training and Behavior Consulting – An Important Discussion about Licensing Must Discuss Professional Ethics!

Industry Oversight
Chapter Eight Pet Training and Behavior Consulting – A Model for Raising the Bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and their People There can be no discussion about industry licensing or occupational licensing without first embarking on a journey into professional ethics! Download the FREE Book here  In any business, the individual is constantly faced with...
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Distress and Fear In Animals! You Cannot Train Out Fear!

Distress and Fear In Animals! You Cannot Train Out Fear!

Ponderings
Temple Grandin and Mark Deesing's paper, "Distress in Animals: Is it Fear, Pain or Physical Stress?", reviews the most current understanding of two of the most basic types of suffering - fear and pain - only to arrive at an unexpected conclusion: in most vertebrates, fear causes greater suffering than pain. Just think about that,...
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Defining Dominance Theory

Defining Dominance Theory

Ponderings
According to DogNostics Career Center (2018), dominance theory is used within the same species to predict the winner of a conflict when fighting over a specific, context-oriented resource. Scientifically, dominance only applies to two beings of the same species, thus a human cannot be dominant over a pet nor can a pet be dominant over...
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​The Five Freedoms or Should I Say Several Ponderings!

​The Five Freedoms or Should I Say Several Ponderings!

Mentoring
In the past, the concept of the Five Freedoms has been considered the gold standard of animal welfare that falls under human control and has since been adopted by a number of related groups and organizations. The concept originated in Brambell’s (1965) report looking into the welfare of animals kept under intensive livestock husbandry systems...
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Stress Busting Tips for Humans and Pets!

Stress Busting Tips for Humans and Pets!

Pet Owners
What is Stress? "Any intrinsic or extrinsic stimulus that evokes a biological response is known as stress" - Yaribeygi, H., Panahi, Y., Sahraei, H., Johnston, T. P., & Sahebkar, A. (2017) - so let's be realistic, everyone has stress in their lives. However, if stress is having a negative impact on our behavior or our...
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The Lost Art of Disagreeing without Being Disagreeable – An Urgent Need!

The Lost Art of Disagreeing without Being Disagreeable – An Urgent Need!

Ponderings
The Lost Art of Disagreeing without Being Disagreeable:  An Urgent Need for a Return to Civility! This article was written by Niki Tudge and first published in BARKS from the Guild. As business owners one of our fundamental responsibilities to our clients, our employees and our stakeholders is to ensure that we provide a workplace...
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​Scientific Method – What is it and how can or should trainers be using it?

​Scientific Method – What is it and how can or should trainers be using it?

Dog Trainers
Scientific Method! The scientific method is a process by which we systematically advance our understanding of the world. True scientists adhere strictly to this method. It is considered the foundation of all branches of science. In fact, a result can only be called 'scientific' if it has been subjected to the standards of the scientific...
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Professional Competency, Transparency and Accountability. Have You Got What It Takes?

Professional Competency, Transparency and Accountability. Have You Got What It Takes?

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There is much chatter within the pet industry about transparency, competency and accountability amongst professionals. Let’s take a look at each of these individually and what they mean. 1. Transparency Transparency would seem to imply openness. Are you transparent in your business practices? Can others see, read or listen to information that informs them upfront...
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POSITIVE SOCIALIZATION – What it is and What it isn’t!

POSITIVE SOCIALIZATION – What it is and What it isn’t!

Dog Trainers
By Louise Stappleton-Frappell A short excerpt from DogNostics' Pet Dog Solutions online Program - Your Guide to Positive Socialization What is Socialization? Socialization means learning to be part of society. Socialization is a process that helps a living organism change into a social being and happily live in our world. When we talk about socializing pets,...
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