Posts in category "dog training"

Dr. Sophia Yin's Loss Is Profound

Dr. Sophia Yin's Loss Is Profound
Dr. Sophia Yin was a frequent presenter at veterinary conferences and dog training conferences around the world. Unlike most veterinarians, she enjoyed a huge fan base of not only veterinarians, but also dog trainers, groomers and pet owners. Sophia Yin unexpectedly passed away today (September 29). Dr. Yin’s  mission in life was to improve our... Read more »

Hanging On To Vintage Notions About Dogs

Hanging On To Vintage Notions About Dogs
Q: I’m U.S. Army retired, and I admit to being old school. Sometimes the old ways are best. I know people like you are all about positive reinforcement and treating dogs as children, calling them fur kids and all that. Meanwhile, we have all these problem dogs because we don’t show them who’s boss. Who... Read more »

Breed Specific Legislation Position Statement: BSL is Ineffective

Breed Specific Legislation Position Statement: BSL is Ineffective
At the Animal Behavior Symposium on July 25, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) announced a new position statement on breed-specific legislation (BSL). This is when communities, ironically including Denver, where the Symposium was held, ban specific dog breeds. Pit bull-type dogs are always at the top of the list – sometimes the... Read more »
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Noodles in Good Morning America Competition

Noodles in Good Morning America Competition
  Noodles the Wonder Dog, a mixed-breed dog, adopted from the Anti Cruelty Society, is in the Good Morning America “Dog vs. Dog” competition. Instead of chasing postal workers, Noodles can get the mail himself by hopping on a mailbox. He can jump through hoops, play the piano, and sometimes performs on stage. Details on... Read more »

There's No Problem with Pit Bulls: Misinformation A Problem

There's No Problem with Pit Bulls: Misinformation A Problem
“The Problem with Pit Bulls” was the headline of a Time magazine story (June 20, 2014) by Charlotte Alter. My problem is with the story, not with the dogs referred to as pit bulls. The story, filled with inaccurate characterizations, called for breed-specific mandated sterilization, and ultimately vilified dogs referred to as pit bulls. Whenever anti-pit... Read more »

Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Haug Decodes Dogs

Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Haug Decodes Dogs
These reader questions regarding challenging canine behavior were answered by veterinary behaviorist Dr. Lore Haug, of Sugar Land, TX. Lore is one of 20 contributing authors of “Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones” (Houghton Mifflin, New York, NY, 2014; $27). I’m one... Read more »
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How Dogs Learn

How Dogs Learn
Respected veterinary behaviorist Dr. Katherine Houpt has contributed to many books throughout her distinguished career, and now Decoding Your Dog, authored by members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. She comments on ‘So how do our pets learn?’ on my nationally syndicated Steve Dale’s Pet World show. Click HERE to listen. She talks about... Read more »

Car Sick Dog to Grandma's House

Car Sick Dog to Grandma's House
Q: Grandma lives three states away. We plan to visit her this summer and would like to take Sadie along. Unfortunately, Sadie gets sick in the car. She’s excited when we say, “Let’s go for a ride,” but the moment she gets in the car, she pants, drools, whines and sometimes gets sick to her... Read more »

Assistance Dogs May Be Well Cared For, But Are They Happy

Assistance Dogs May Be Well Cared For, But Are They Happy
Jennifer Arnold founded a service dog school called Canine Assistants in 1995. ”Assistance dogs change lives, save lives, help people to live more independently and therefore productively; there’s no question about it,” she begins. “But there’s a huge problem in the industry. Too often we’re not very nice to the dogs being trained.” Arnold hesitates, then... Read more »
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Decoding Dogs, Vet Behaviorist Dr. Gary Landsberg Answers

Decoding Dogs, Vet Behaviorist Dr. Gary Landsberg Answers
These reader questions were answered by Thornhill, Ontario, Canada-based veterinary behaviorist Dr. Gary Landsberg, a contributing author to “Decoding Your Dog” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, NY, 2014; $27), also including segments by fellow members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. The book is co-edited by myself and veterinary behaviorists Dr. Debra Horwitz and... Read more »
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