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Audio Products for Sound Conditioning Your Dog

Dog trainers often recommend smartphone apps and YouTube videos for desensitizing and counter-conditioning dogs who are afraid of specific noises. There are many apps...

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...

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Adventures in dog fostering, chapter #7642

I have a new little foster dog staying with me. The manager of my shelter called me last week and wanted to...

“Something moved in the grass, I’m telling you!” ...

Two of these dogs don’t much care for the tractor-mower. One of them is riveted. I’ll bet you can guess which dog wouldn’t stop following me today. ...

Dogs don’t drive! (Except when parked. Why is the driver’s seat so popular with dogs?) ...

Smart foster girl earned off-leash privileges in three days (and got grass-stains on her forehead from somersaulting in the deepgrassrunningjoy) ...

Foster/assess project: So far, 100% adorable. ...

My sister and her three little dogs. Yes, she is one of those women who always carries a purse, and takes hikes in a colorful skirt. And yes, her dogs adore her and even off-leash, rarely get more than a few feet aeay from her. Otto stayed with them while I was on vacation and while happy to see me again, wasn’t THRILLED to ser me again, if you know what I mean. Thank you, Pam and family, for taking good care of him for me. ...

Today’s new friends. You may have guessed I am not at home. ...

Made a new friend today. Very personable. ...

This little service dog may be overweight, arthritic, and off-leash... but I watched him walk with his Vietnam veteran owner through a crowd and never get more than 10 inches from his side. #damngooddog #thankyoubothforyourservice ...

Incredulous that no one else wants to swim at dusk in winter ...

Soaking up the sun ...

Doesn’t matter if it’s freezing or raining, he’s gonna wade ...

My friend Leonora is fostering these two young ladies. About four months old. Apparently dumped in her neighborhood. Will be available for adoption from the Northwest SPCA in a week or two. Shepherd? Maybe a little mastiff or some thing big in there? Sweet, smart, Already well mannered from just 10 days with a dog-savvy foster provider. ...

Their ears tell the tale: rain. ...

Tiny Sampson’s turn at slow-mo. #superdog ...

#nofilter The light here at this time of year is just unreal. And when this dog dies I’m going to be awfully tempted to have him stuffed. Not really. But isn’t he handsome? ...

When he fetches in tall grass he always starts with these adorable fox hops. I mimed throwing something just to catch this footage. Forgive me, Woody, it’s too cute! ...