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The Connection Between Dog Training and Dog Advocacy Part 2

This also appeared in the Pit Bull Advocacy magaizne No More Lies printed in the UK Spring 2014. 

Part 2

Real Life Lessons

Between 2012 and 2013 my two businesses Urban Dawgs and Pit Bull Guru worked with over 700 dogs. We work with all sorts of dogs, all breeds and types, all ages, from puppies of 8 weeks, adolescent and adults and senior dogs; we see all pathologies of behavior, you name it and we have worked with it.

In all of those cases no matter the type or breed, or the training needs, when non-aversive, proper dog training and behavioral modification was implemented the dogs and the...

How To Save On Veterinary Bills

Having any kind of pet comes with a price tag, but here are a few ways to keep your dog out of the vet’s office - or at least to keep the bills down if they do end up there.


1. Household Safety Whether you’re considering bringing a new pup into your home or you’ve had an energetic dog for years, there are a few common safety precautions to take in order to keep them healthy and out of harm. Dogs are prone to chewing or eating things that can land them in front of a vet, so be sure to pooch-proof both inside (wires, curtain cords, small items such as socks and children’s toys, medications)...

We Will Never Stop Headlines Like That, Until We Stop Photos Like This!

There have been a spate of tragic & nightmarish stories in the media recently involving small children & dogs. Here is just one of the latest stories. Incidences of aggression towards kids, by family dogs, seems to be on the increase. 

This latest series of 'cute' baby & dog pics from daily entertainment site Buzzfeed tell a totally different story, if canine communication is understood, even in its most basic form. Without going into much detail, I can break down what's wrong with almost all of the photos & explain why misunderstood dogs & naive parenting is causing so

What Is a Dog Behavior Counselor

The field of dog training as such has grown so much in the past ten years:  new organizations and new certifications have blossomed.  The general public seems to be much more aware in many ways of what to expect and of varying options for their dogs. However, still not aware enough.....

When I read various lists and see the questions that so many "dog behavior counselors" are asking of their peers I find myself wondering again how we can be fair to the public, and mostly to the dogs, that we intend to service.    What should a Dog Behavior Counselor/Trainer be able to do?

Well, in my

 

The Connection Between Dog Training and Dog Advocacy

This blog is Part 1 of an article for No More Lies Bull Breed Magiazne in the UK.

Advocacy.

Like most people I woke up one day and based on the type of dog I had chosen, I was involved, like it or not, in advocating for “pit bulls”, and moreover, dogs.

Not wanting to add to the problems already created by the emotionally charged tenor of “pit bull’ advocacy, I began researching, figuring out a way to help the situation. This was 2003, just three short years after deciding to get a dog. Also, like many others I had no major experience in the world of dogs.

Fast-forward to 2007, some four

Housebreaking A Puppy

Housebreaking Tips: Does rubbing a dog's nose in it's mess teach a dog where to eliminate?

I received a question today from one of my Udemy SIRIUS® Academy students: “What do you say when a client tells you, in regards to puppy housebreaking, "Well I rubbed my dog's nose in his poop and he knew he was wrong and he never pooped in the house again."

Well, let's start with what we know. We know the client rubbed the dog's nose in the poop and if we believe the client, (which, by the way, I don't), the dog never had a housebreaking accident again. However, we don’t know that the dog "knew he was wrong". (We don't even know what our spouse, another human being, is thinking and so,...

Getting Ready for the Vets

The power of positive reinforcement training along side empowering your learner and giving them choice and control. Love my monkey boy:)

 

Party with Premack!

One of my clients recently adopted a sweet, 70 pound, two-year-old mixed-breed from the shelter named Nicky, and I’m thrilled to be working with her. We don’t know much about her past other than that she has clearly had a litter of puppies, but she is delighted to be in her forever home with her Beagle pal Koby. After a nasty initial bout with Kennel Cough and intestinal parasites, Nicky got back on her paws and was ready for some training. We mastered basic skills inside her home and conquered problem barking and moderate separation anxiety. She did well with her “Watch” focus

Leash Reactivity Counter Conditioning Behavior Modification Memory Learning Cognition

Leash Reactivity Cognition and Memory

There is a corresponding video for this blog on You Tube at this link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iyjdBKYRGY&feature=c4-overview&list=UUKQ...

In November of 2012, I asked myself one simple question: “Why do dogs react, orient and attend to the environment in the ways they do?”

I knew enough to understand amygdala functions are to largely signal the safe, unsafe neutral.  This aspect of a dog’s cognitive processes is the central focus of their need to survive events as they occur.  However, that was not enough to fully illustrate why dogs react as a matter of survival or as a part...

The Universe Verse on Kickstarter.com

Jamie's amazing Universe Verse Book - Get it now for free!

I love science, especially the behavioral sciences. That’s why I couldn’t be happier to announce that my baby boy, Jamie, has finished his epic ode to science, a project he’s been working on for over 7 years! 

Of course Jamie is the James in James & Kenneth and along with Kelly and I, he is an integral part in keeping Dog Star Daily, James & Kenneth Publishers & SIRIUS Puppy Training all running smoothly.  On top of his many roles and responsibilities working with us in the doggy world he’s found time to moonlight as a educational comic book author and illustrator.

The project he...

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