Defining and Refining the “Cortisol Vacation”

Defining and Refining the “Cortisol Vacation”

The dog training community is full of information, rules, and guidelines that have been passed from trainer to trainer, even from generation to generation. In the past, this was an effective way of passing knowledge between trainers and on to clients, based on what...
Working With Dogs and Children

Working With Dogs and Children

Some people are dog people, some people are kid people, some people are both. Those who are just dog people struggle to understand what all the fuss is about kids, and those who are just kid people don’t understand why and how you can possibly love a dog like a family...
Another Way Out: Friends For Life’s Fraidy Cat Program

Another Way Out: Friends For Life’s Fraidy Cat Program

While shelters across the country continue to increase their live-release rates, it becomes even more necessary to find new, innovative ways to save the most vulnerable populations. One population commonly overlooked as a focus of a behavior and training program is...
Working With Animals in Presentations

Working With Animals in Presentations

As a puppy trainer, zookeeper, and zoo animal trainer working in an industry where we do a lot of presentations, the question I get asked the most is how can one keep up good presentation skills and get the message across whilst presenting with animals, in front of an...
Using Research-based Protocols with Shelter Dogs

Using Research-based Protocols with Shelter Dogs

Shelter personnel and consultants are always looking for new tools that to introduce dogs into a new home, help resolve inter-dog aggressive behavior within a household, or form shelter playgroups. I have successfully used a single evidence-based protocol to do all...
Socially Conscious Sheltering: Examples in Practice

Socially Conscious Sheltering: Examples in Practice

Socially conscious sheltering (SCS) is a framework and philosophy against which shelters can align programs and operational structures to ensure that their practices and policies address the needs of their communities. These authors have explored the basics of SCS in...
Angles of Approach in Dog Training

Angles of Approach in Dog Training

When professionals talk about dog training, certain topics come up repeatedly. For example, you will find many different articles that talk about the 3 Ds in dog training (distance, duration, distraction), there is a lot of talk about the ABCs of behavior (antecedent...
Making the Switch to Online Dog Training Classes

Making the Switch to Online Dog Training Classes

Our County of Monterey, California went into shelter in place on March 17, 2020, and we had no choice but to cancel all classes and refund clients any money for remaining classes. Our once-robust training and behavior program was at a crossroads. I have worked for my...
Shelter Dogs Go to College

Shelter Dogs Go to College

Affiliation: ¹Department of Psychology, School of Health Sciences and Education, Saint Francis University. ² Marigold Holistic Pet Care Paisley spent over a year at the shelter. With her large and strong physique, designated Pit Bull breed, and excessive humping...