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11 Indisputable Ways Your Dog Is Exactly Like A Child

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 11.03.2016 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Dogs like kids have five basic needs: to eat, drink, sleep, play, and go potty.

Dog Training And Problem Solving: What Is Positive vs. Negative Reinforcement And (Most Importantly) What Works?!

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 10.17.2016 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

( photograph taken by Cindy Forest) Occasionally I still confuse the terminology surrounding my profession. This is not a good admission: I'm not pr...

What Is Your Mindfulness Personality Type?

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 12.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

We found that the behavioral tendencies line up with modern-day mechanisms of associative learning and even developed and validated a "behavioral tendencies questionnaire (BTQ)" that anyone can take (it's only 13 questions). The BTQ is now being studied with regard to predicting and personalizing modern mindfulness and lifestyle practices.

Behaviorism 101: The Keys to the Kingdom of Change

Lara Fielding | Posted 07.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Lara Fielding

Auto-Pilot Behavior as Natural Instinct We all have a tendency to behave in ways that do not serve us. If the change I described in my last blog w...

Why I Gave My Dog Diarrhea and 5 Things You Can Do For Your New Pet

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 04.11.2015 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Okay. I'll admit it. I gave my new puppy a serious case of the runs. I knew he'd get them, but I did it anyway. It was a gamble that paid off for the both of us.

Don't Make This Tragic Mistake With Dog Training

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

This is a sickening story I'd rather not repeat, but there's an important message in it, so I hope you'll bear with me. The owners of a 1-year-old Ge...

The Learning Myth: Why I'll Never Tell My Son He's Smart

Salman Khan | Posted 10.19.2014 | Education
Salman Khan

He then said, "Dad, aren't you glad how I struggled with that word? I think I could feel my brain growing." I smiled: my son was now verbalizing the tell­-tale signs of a 'growth­ mindset.'

Remembering to Give a Positive Review

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 10.06.2014 | Business
Andrew Benkovic

The other day I went to make a reservation at one of my favorite chain-restaurants. It was a Saturday and there are times that the restaurant can be c...

The Power of 'Yes'

Jennifer McDermott | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Jennifer McDermott

The Power of "Yes" I have been the mother of three capable boys for the past 19 years. Ever-evolving, they are all works in progress. I also work in ...

Want the Secret to Winning Rock Paper Scissors? Ask a Dog Trainer

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Anna Jane Grossman

A BBC story reveals the secret to winning at rock-paper-scissors. The answer is something that we dog trainers tell our human clients all the time: if...

New Discipline-Free Puppy Training

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

(Teach Yourself Visually, Wiley Publishing 2005) The other morning my 3-year-old niece ran into the room screaming, "I did it, I did it! I put my bac...

We Need More Trained Coaches -- and More Fraser Robinsons

Craig Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Craig Robinson

Let's face it, most kids aren't going to play sports at the D-I college level, so it's important that they come away from their experience where they want to be in sports and be active for the rest of their lives. It's about their psychological, emotional, social and physical welfare.

Electronic Collars for Dogs: Are You Being Led Astray?

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 09.11.2013 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Dogs want to communicate and fit into the pack, but do not come pre-programmed with human-approved skills. Good behavior must be taught -- patiently, consistently, and kindly.

Raising a Happy Failure

JD Roberto | Posted 09.10.2013 | Parents
JD Roberto

By the time our kids go to school the dynamic is set. From elementary school to undergrad, the idea that someone might fail a class is virtually unheard of.

Barbara Ross Miller: Finding My Inspiration

Barbara Ross Miller | Posted 09.09.2013 | Women
Barbara Ross Miller

I've found my inspiration in other women. Some of them have passed through and others have become a part of my life, either professionally or personally.

What To Do When You Wake Up On The Wrong Side Of The Bed

Friedemann Schaub | Posted 08.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Friedemann Schaub

To make sense of the world without frying our brains, we need to filter out a large portion of all that's coming at us. But how do we distinguish the tiny fraction that's relevant from the massive input we can ignore?

Positive Reinforcement vs. Positive Thinking (And Why Pollyanna Would've Sucked at Dog Training)

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 05.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna Jane Grossman

Positive, in the world of animal behavior, means adding something. Reinforcement means making something more likely to occur. So, "positive reinforcement" just means adding something to the equation to encourage that a behavior will happen again.

Salute a Teenager

Maureen Anderson | Posted 10.22.2012 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

Some people can't wait to pass along the latest bad news. I feel guilty if I hear -- or notice -- good news and don't pass that along.

The Power of Affirmations

Ronald Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2011 | Healthy Living
Ronald Alexander, Ph.D.

How can we add more muscle to an affirmation so that it has the power to triumph over our negative thinking? Here are some suggestions on how to make them work for you.

A Teacher's Gift: Finding Hope Amidst The Rubble In Joplin

Randy Turner | Posted 08.11.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

Despite the destruction that surrounded me, that collection of "Hi's" was enough to put the smile back on my face.

A Simple Game-Changer

Jen Groover | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jen Groover

What if we focused on and appreciated "the good" in people instead of looking for and magnifying "the bad"?