A Tired Dog is a Happy Dog by Sarah Pennington

A Tired Dog is a Happy Dog by Sarah Pennington

Did you know that under-stimulation and insufficient exercise are at the root of many problem behaviours? Dogs need both physical exercise and fun mental challenges on a daily basis. If you don’t give your dog something to do, they will find something else to do, and usually, this will not be something that you approve…

People Love Us on Yelp

People Love Us on Yelp

We were recently sent a letter of recognition from Yelp, congratulating us for earning 5 out of 5 stars on the popular customer review site. Yelp sent us a “window cling” with the words “People Love Us on Yelp”, which we will display with pride. Thanks so much to those of you who have given…

4 Approaches to Behavior Change Protocol

4 Approaches to Behavior Change Protocol

When it comes to changing an existing undesirable response to stimuli there are four approaches to be considered. There are two types of habituation: Flooding and Desensitization, and two types of counter-conditioning: Classical Counter-conditioning and Operant Counter-conditioning. In this short article, I define these techniques, but please consider that this is a quick introduction to…

The Labradoodle: Best Dog for Allergies

The Labradoodle: Best Dog for Allergies

Though the Labradoodle is not considered a proper breed, it is a popular crossbred dog that was created by crossing the Labrador Retriever with the Standard Poodle. Though the term Labradoodle appears to have been around since the 1950s, it was made official by Wally Cochran in Australia in the 1970s. Cochran was inspired by…

Dog Trick: “Give Kisses” by Niki Perry

Dog Trick: “Give Kisses” by Niki Perry

Getting Started You will need a snack pack of treats for this exercise. Each step will consist of 10 repetitions. Count out 10 treats beforehand so you can keep track of your success. Be sure to keep your training sessions short and fun to keep your dog interested in the game of training. 1. Nose-Touch…