Posts in category "dog training"

How to Motivate Senior Dogs

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Motivating senior dogs isn’t all too different than teaching younger dogs….and using positive reinforcement you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. To maintain physical and mental health in older animals, movement is important, same as it is in people. By using treats, you can encourage sedentary animals to get up and go – even... Read more »

Teaching Puppies 'Come' Indoors

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It’s far more efficient to teach puppies to “come” indoors, before taking this cue outside where there are far more distractions. I describe here how to do this using positive reinforcement, which is the most humane method and also the most efficient. Educational positive reinforcement videos and articles HERE. Type your email address in the... Read more »

Positive Reinforcement Dog Training, A Sound Beginning

Positive Reinforcement Dog Training, A Sound Beginning
Positive reinforcement dog training isn’t only the kindest means of dog training, it’s the most effective.  And today methods, like clicker training and the Sound Beginning Training Program truly do work. I have some videos on positive reinforcement training too. Jake Hamilton of Fox News in Chicago did this nicely done and fun segment.     FOX... Read more »
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Leash Walking Your Dog

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A few tips for using positive reinforcement to train a pup to walk on-leash. And I offer a few tricks of the trade.   Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

House-Training 101with Andrea Arden

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Dog trainer, pet book author and Animal Planet’s Andrea Arden talks house-training. Number one rule…set the puppy up for success. She explains how.   Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

Kitten Socialization Classes and More, Steve Dale and Victoria Stilwell

Kitten Socialization Classes and More, Steve Dale and Victoria Stilwell
For once Victoria Stilwell interviews me – you can hear the podcast HERE. Victoria and her co-host Holly were surrounded by poop-bags.  As Victoria’s #poopandtell campaign with Earth Rated comes to a close, she and Holly read some of their favorite submissions. One dog pooped his way into his forever home, and another even let... Read more »
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Pet Books for Summer Reading

--"Purr Prints of the Heart: A Cat's Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond," by Deborah Barnes (ZZZP Publishing, Coral Springs, FL, 2015; $15.95). If you try to see things from our pets' perspective, their lives are anything but dull. They may see changes in the household as other pets pass away or join the family. They may move to a new house, meet a new baby, say goodbye to a favorite chair.

Change happens, but cats don't like change. How does it make them feel? In this book, we find out what at least one named Jazz presumably thinks.

Jazz is a Ragdoll, whose owner (Barnes) was motivated to adopt one based on an "Animal Planet" show on which I appeared. Yes, I'm taking credit for the book, which has much humor, but soft moments, too, about dealing with loss.
As you lounge at the pool or beach this summer, be sure to use sun block and bring along a good book. Here are half a dozen pet books only a pet writer would suggest: ©Steve Dale PetWorld, LLC; Tribune Content Agency Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button.... Read more »

Dog Flu Might Be Avoided, Be Responsible

Dog Flu Might Be Avoided, Be Responsible
Dog flu is still here. In some areas, it seems there is less of it. However, according to Cook County administrator for the Department of Animal and Rabies Control Dr. Donna Alexander, there are more reports in other places. In additional, several area shelters have been hit, and some hit hard. This is a potential tragedy.... Read more »

Highlights of Twenty Years of Pet Writing

Highlights of Twenty Years of Pet Writing
Summing up twenty years isn’t easy, as I begin my third decade of writing my Tribune Content Agency newspaper column I have a wealth of memories to recall. I was the first journalist to speak with a search and rescue dog handler at the World Trade Center, within 48 hours after September 11, 2001.  Driving... Read more »
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Muslims Object to Dogs

Muslims Object to Dogs
Dogs and humans have evolved together. This is fact. It’s not dog lovers who have come to this conclusion, but rather evolutionary archeologists. I am aware that buzz on the Internet is sometimes only that, lots of noise about nothing. But according to Gladstone Institute International Policy Council, in places, Muslims are now protesting dogs,... Read more »