Dog Bite Prevention Week Resources

This week is dog bite prevention week.  Veterinarians, human physicians, animal behaviorists, trainers all have created messages about the dangers of dog bites and how to avoid and prevent them.  To best know how to prevent dog bites, we need comprehensive data about the situations in which bites occur. Unfortunately, this information is hard to…

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Three Ways to Become a Better Trainer

We go through cycles of following discussions about behavior and training on various social media sites.  We become passionate for a few days about commenting on particular subjects, but often get frustrated, by the mis-information that is still so prevalent and decide to take a break. In recent weeks we’ve encountered discussions focusing yet again…

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Attention-Getting Behavior Or Something Else?

We were at a dog club meeting recently and were chatting with our friend Sue about her dog.  She was relaying how he had recently developed an “attention-getting behavior” problem.Seems she taught him to go get his ball when people came to the door instead of standing and barking at them. He was rewarded with…

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Preventing Cops from Shooting Dogs

Have you seen the recent headline in the Denver Post "Colorado Senators To Introduce Bill to Require Cops Take Dog Training"?  Makes me want the Rocky Mountain News back more than ever.  What a misleading headline!  If the goal was to spark controversy and debate rather than reporting in an information-only manner about a problem…

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Critical Thinking and Dog Training

We happened to see a post on Dog Star Daily where Dr. Dunbar said “there’s something about dogs which tends to short-wire some people’s critical thinking skills.”  As we write this, we are immersed in delivering our course “How To Be an Expert Witness in Dog Bite Cases” so critical thinking skills have been on…

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