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A Beautiful Reunion, and Progress with a Service Dog in Training

Belinda Williams | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Belinda Williams

Anxiety issues are a huge part of PTSD. Most people think of flashbacks and behavior and mood volatility when they hear the letters "PTSD", but anxiety can be the most overwhelming part, especially when the triggers don't make sense.

Can You Fight Off a Police Dog?

Quora | Posted 04.06.2015 | Crime
Quora

I was a police canine handler for 8 years. My dog Bach was as gentle as a puppy unless he was provoked or he detected a threat against me. I had absolutely no problem bringing him into preschools and letting the children pet him and play with him. He was a part of our family, and with 4 sons, the house was always full of kids.

Andrea Arden With Marlo Thomas (VIDEO)

Posted 03.30.2015 | MarloThomas

I was so thrilled to have Certified Dog Trainer Andrea Arden as my guest on Mondays with Marlo. Andrea shared so many great expert tips with us about ...

8 Essential Steps to Bringing a New Dog into the Home

Cesar Millan | Posted 03.26.2015 | Green
Cesar Millan

In order to have a well-balanced dog, we have to teach her the house rules, and set boundaries and limitations from the get-go. The message you send your dog the moment she enters your home for the first time is critical, because it immediately establishes the ground rules in your dog's mind.

Human Foods That Are Harmful To Dogs, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

What human foods are harmful to dogs? Certified dog trainer Andrea Arden says there are lots of foods that fall into this category. Chocolate, grapes,...

The Best Dogs For Apartment Living, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

What are the ideal dog breeds for apartment life? Certified dog trainer Andrea Arden says that while some dog breed generalizations that ring true, th...

Essential Tips For Training Your New Puppy, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

Certified dog trainer Andrea Arden shared her top tips for teaching your puppy the do's and dont's of living in your home. Andrea says that the most i...

The Most Effective Way To Discipline Your Dog, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

Is hitting your dog actually an effective discipline method? Certified dog trainer Andrea Arden says that the old-fashioned way of training an animal ...

The Health Benefits Of Having A Pet, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

Is it true that having a pet is good for your health? Certified dog trainer Andrea Arden says, "Absolutely!" Studies have shown that having a pet as a...

The Latest In Pet Technology, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

When it comes to the latest in pet technology, certified dog trainer Andrea Arden has a few app recommendations for your four-legged friend. Apps that...

A Good-bye to Galen

Belinda Williams | Posted 03.06.2015 | Impact
Belinda Williams

I think perhaps I'll miss Galen more than he misses me. He won't forget me, though, and I know our reunion in a week or two will be overjoyed.

Myth: Positive Training Is Permissive

Sara Reusche | Posted 03.04.2015 | Green
Sara Reusche

If you made a training mistake and your dog is engaging in unwanted or dangerous behavior, by all means interrupt it!

For Want of a Nail

Paul Owens | Posted 04.12.2015 | Green
Paul Owens

Years ago, while driving in Florida, I was pulled over by a state trooper on my way from Sarasota to Tampa to teach a class. Unbeknownst to me, my car had a broken taillight. The trooper asked for my license, which, it turns out, I accidentally left on my dresser.

Rescuing Bambi and the Great Pit Bull Bias

Carly Loman | Posted 04.04.2015 | Green
Carly Loman

About a month ago, I adopted a dog. Now -- a month later -- I'm still rescuing that dog. Bambi, my beautiful two-year-old pup, is a Pit Bull mix. I was ready for the wide array of problems new rescues often have. What I was not expecting, and what I was not ready for, was The Great Pit Bull Bias.

11 Ways To Do Your Dog Right

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 03.29.2015 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

The first step in training -- in my opinion -- is love. That unconditional feeling of parental adoration.

Do Little Dogs Get Away With More?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green
Nicole Wilde

I can't help think that had the dog been a hundred-plus-pound mass of muscle, the problem most likely would have been -- excuse the unfortunate pun -- nipped in the bud after the first occurrence.

How to Prepare Your Dog For Your New Baby

PolicyGenius | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
PolicyGenius

It's not worth the risk of leaving children unsupervised with any animal. Adult supervision is advisable for all interactions with animals and kids, because kids can't be expected to have the requisite impulse control that is necessary to be safe around animals.

Why Are Dogs So Obsessed With Endlessly Playing Fetch?

Quora | Posted 03.07.2015 | Weird News
Quora

All of these behaviors are self-reinforcing, meaning they make the dog feel good. They don't need to be rewarded for the behavior. If you like playing football, you play football even if you don't get paid to do it. It just feels good to do it. Same is true for dogs.

What Is 'No!' Really Telling Your Dog?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

'Leave it!' is an instructional reprimand, whereas, 'no!' which leaves a dog wondering what exactly he did wrong, thereby increasing the likelihood that he'll get it wrong again. Once the dog had complied with 'leave It!' the owner could redirect him to a more appropriate behavior.

Dogs Gone Boo: 13 Things You Can Do To Keep Your Dog Safe This Halloween

Paul Owens | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green
Paul Owens

Imagine being a dog and all of a sudden an endless stream of scary monsters show up on the doorstep and keep ringing the doorbell. For many dogs, Halloween, just like July 4th and New Year's Eve, are days of infamy.

The Legacy and Tragedy of the Life of Dr. Sophia Yin

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 12.06.2014 | Green
Anna Jane Grossman

On Sunday, Sept. 28, Dr. Sophia Yin, one of the world's most respected and important veterinary behaviorists, committed suicide. She was 48. Dr. Yin was a pioneer in the field of force-free, positive-reinforcement dog training. It would be hard to understate her contribution to the world of humane pet care.

Aggressive Dog? No Problem!

Nicole Wilde | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

Humane, scientifically sound methods for handling dog aggression are not flashy. They don't come with wild promises, bells or whistles. Proper behavior modification can take time and patience. What it doesn't do is scare the dog, break the trust between dog and owner, or make the problem worse.

Confessions of a Dog Trainer: I Train My Dogs Using 'People Food' -- And You Should Too

Sara Reusche | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Sara Reusche

We frequently hear it in training class: "I won't give my dog any people food." This is a bit of a ridiculous sentiment if you think about it. Food is food.

Wilbur

Lynda Freeman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Good News
Lynda Freeman

Wilbur loves to play and go on walks. My son says he's a chick magnet. I can see that this might be so as all kinds of people stop to say hello to Wilbur.

Who Comes First: You or Your Dog?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

We all have an idea of what we'd like life to be like with our dogs. Depending on our own lifestyle, we might need a dog to be social around kids, be athletic, dog-friendly, or any of a host of traits. But sometimes the dog we get is not the dog we want.