Creating a Just and Joyful World for Dogs

Creating a Just and Joyful World for Dogs

“I believe the future involves more than just allowing the learner to opt-in and to opt-out (though that’s pretty cool, it has been around for a while). The future includes asking for the learner’s active permission to start, and to continue, with training. To direct...
What Can “Streeties” Teach Us About Companion Dogs?

What Can “Streeties” Teach Us About Companion Dogs?

Let me start by saying I am not an expert on street dogs. However, I am currently working on my PhD, and part of my investigation centers around how we might give companion dogs better autonomy. This naturally led me to research street dogs and how they spend their...
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...
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...