Who Gets to Label Animal Behavior?

Helping people with their pets’ behavior and training problems requires a variety of skills.  One skill is to know what are normal behaviors and what aren’t.  That can get a little tricky because to call something “not normal” we must have a frame of reference for “normal”.  Normal for all members of the species?  Normal…

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When Dogs Bite Kids

A member of our Behavior Education Network site told us about a case of Great Pyrenees mix that had a great several year history of begin well behaved and getting along with everyone, including the two kids in the family (8 and 10 years old), their friends, other dogs and adults.  His owner did describe…

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Pet Behavior and Training Business Session – on a Cruise!

For the last week or so, we’ve been telling you about our first-ever pet behavior session “Five Crucial Strategies To Expand Your Local Dog Training and Behavior Consulting Business into a Behavior and Training Information Business” that will be part of a business marketing cruise in February 2013.  We’ve attended this business marketing cruise for…

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Cumulative Thresholds for Aggression

We recently posted an article about why pet professionals should do risk assessments of the animals they work with. It served as a reminder that any pet can bite and the safest thing to do is to gather information about the likelihood that the animal may bite in particular situations.  Whether you are a behavior…

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That’s My Job! Really???

What is your job as a dog trainer, behavior consultant, or certified behaviorist?  Is your job to meet an owner’s unreasonable expectations of wanting to have a serious aggression problem resolved in five minutes before the next commercial break? Is your job to push a dog during training or “evaluating” him to the point of…

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