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“No, David!” Confusion Does Not Teach.

I was covering a second-grade class. The teacher asked me to read No, David! by David Shannon. Throughout the book, David, a young child, makes bad choices. One student yelled out “David needs a spanking!”  I immediately recognized a teachable … Continue reading

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The Faces of Fear – and what to do

Fear is an emotional and physical response to a threat. It is important to learn the signs of fear based on the species of pet you have. Dog owners may be familiar with trembling, ears pinned back, tail tucked, and … Continue reading

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From the Ground Up – it’s not all how we raise them

Over the summer during Covid-19, I have gone to multiple (carefully managed) dog events in Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan, and North Carolina.  There were various skittish puppies and adolescent dogs at each event. The excuses made by the handlers were “This … Continue reading

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The Fallout of Punishment

From pet owners, dog sport enthusiasts, people who have working dogs, to many trainers, groomers, and veterinarians, punishment-based teaching is still common.  But do you understand the fallout these methods can have?  Here is one such case.  All names have … Continue reading

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Just Peeing in the Rain

As I originally covered this topic for the local paper, we were in the midst of a rainy spell.  Right now we are facing days of more rain.  Luckily this will be on and off. As I was putting my … Continue reading

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Online Dog Training and Covid-19

As I type this, we are in the three millionth week of staying at home. Many businesses are closed. For those who are still working out of the house, the fear of exposure to Covid-19 is a major concern.  My … Continue reading

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Socializing Puppies During Stay at Home – Covid-19

Here we are, a month into stay at home orders during these weeks (months) of Covid-19. My area has had nonessential businesses closing pushed forward another few weeks.  Stay at home orders through early June (two months from posting this … Continue reading

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Training Treats and Lessons for your Children

During this time of Covid-19, many of you are trying to find things to do at home with your children. Many of you may home school anyhow and be looking for other ways to teach lessons.  Some may simply want … Continue reading

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Covid-19 – Reducing Separation Anxiety for When This is Over (and other times too)

Right now there seems to be no end to the Covid – 19 crisis. We are still trying to adapt to the “new norm” with no school and work being cut back or eliminated for many.  When we finally return … Continue reading

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The Positives of Social Distancing for Your Dogs and Meeting Your Dog’s Needs

In this time of Covid – 19, Social Distancing, is a phrase we hear dozens of times a day. This seems to be difficult for many humans.  I am seeing many people congregating at local parks, the Tidal Basin had … Continue reading

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