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Counter-Conditioning and Desensitization (CC&D)

Counter-conditioning and desensitization (CC&D) involves changing your dog’s association with an aversive or arousing stimulus – in this case, another animal – from negative...

Life at Peaceable Paws

As a lifelong animal lover and the owner of a dog-training and horse-boarding facility, I’ve had countless opportunities to practice multi-species introductions – including...

Not-So-Great New Pet Introductions

In a perfect world, the lion really would lie down with the lamb (or the wolf with the rabbit), but our world isn’t perfect,...

Keeping the Peace in a Multi-Species Household

When you think about it, it’s a bit of a miracle that animals who would be predator and prey in many environments are often...

Have a Dog? You Are a Trainer

I confess: I am absolutely fascinated with animal behavior and “training.” I think about it all the time – so much so, that I even...

Mind Your Cues

Hang around with enough dog owners, and inevitably you will hear someone say to their distracted or recalcitrant dog, “Sit! Sit! Sit!...

Teach Your Puppy to “Leave it Alone”

First, you have to understand: It is perfectly normal for puppies to explore the world with their mouths. Usually, it’s not a big deal...

Tellington TTouch

In 1975, horse trainer Linda Tellington-Jones studied the Feldenkrais Method with its founder, Moishe Feldenkrais. In this form of bodywork for people, gentle and...

Welcome Mat Applications

We listed a variety of applications at the beginning of this article. Here’s a little more detail on each one: Polite greetings: Visitors coming? No...

Beware the Poisoned Mat

In dog training, we most frequently hear the term “poisoned” attached to the word “cue,” meaning a cue for a particular behavior has taken...

Mat Training Tips

Mat training – teaching your dog to go lie down on her mat on cue, and stay there – sounds pretty simple, and in...

Whole Dog Journal’s 2019 Gear of the Year

If there is one thing that drives us crazy, it’s spending our hard-earned money on something that looks useful for our dogs – but...

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It’s Tick Season!

One minute, my husband and I were having a perfectly ordinary conversation in the kitchen. In the next moment, I was ripping off...