An Introduction to Mobile Marketing to Grow Your Business

Do you have all the business and all the clients you want? Do you know that more and more people are searching for local businesses using their phones, and that 60% of those users call after finding the business that way? Wouldn’t YOU like to be the business receiving those calls? In this special webinar…

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Are Punishment and “Corrections” the Same Thing?

We were reading a popular mail order pet supply catalog and came across some descriptions of training products using incorrect terminology.  We know such confusion is widespread and worth discussing.  We’ll tell you right up front that the take home message is that as professionals, it is important to be precise and correct with the…

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Why We Have To Read Research Very Carefully

       The pet behavior and training literature is full of misinformation that exists  because writers either misread or misinterpreted the research of others. One prime example is the frequent claim that synthetic pheromones from dogs can reduce anxiety in a variety of situations. A systematic review of the literature (Frank et al. JAVMA, 2010, 236,…

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Are Pets Really Good For Us?

We all know that pets are good for us, right?  They keep us physically healthier by reducing blood pressure and heart disease and prolonging our lives after heart attacks.  They improve our mental health, reduce depression and make us happier. Don’t they?  Maybe not.  A recent review paper by Dr. Harold Herzog of Western Carolina…

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Education and Certification for Dog Trainers

We’ve had a number of requests lately regarding our opinion of various online schools for dog trainers.  Embedded in these requests are questions about where to get the “academic knowledge” an aspiring dog trainer needs, and which certification program would be viewed favorably by people “like yourselves (like Dan and me) and your colleagues” (we’re…

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