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Kids and Dogs: Making it Click!

Contrary to popular belief, kids and dogs are not always “a match made in heaven.” Young children are among the most frequent canine bite victims, primarily because they do many things (usually inadvertently) that dogs do not like. Luckily, there are a number of efforts a parent can make to ensure that the family dog and the children in the household are not only able to tolerate each other, but thrive together as a training team.

How to Prevent Door-Dashing

Run toward the sun

Spring seems to be the ultimate door-dashing season, as sunshine returns to cure the cabin fever that plagues many humans and canines during the long winter months. In busy families, the front door seems to be in perpetual motion, constantly revolving and providing myriad opportunities for escape. Friends and clients who have dealt with the stress and worry of a lost dog due to an open door accident utter a common refrain: “It was only open for a second.”

What to Do When Your Dog Loses His Cue: Training Outdoors with Distractions

Please come

 “He only does what I ask when he wants to. It’s really hit or miss.”

3 Ways to Make Training Stick

What if I told you that

Food Lures and Training

Luring is legal

Click to Be Fit: Fun Canine Fitness Training

Want to try some fun and games?

Better Together: An Interview with Ken Ramirez

Last month at ClickerExpo Portland, Karen Pryor Clicker Training released the new training anthology

How to Teach Your Pet to Target

Picture the possibilities

Imagine teaching your dog to put his hind feet—just his hind feet—on a mat. Or, imagine teaching your cat to give a high-five.

Spin the Bottle—with Your Dog!

Does your dog have the winter blues?

Stop Begging! (Have Some Table Scraps)

Too many cooks in the kitchen

Ten Reasons Your Dog May Develop Behavior Problems

Bad behavior: the big picture

New Year's Resolutions, Clicker-Style!

When you make your New Year's resolutions this year, why not include your dog? Popular resolutions such as "get more exercise" can easily include the family pet, and many spiritual, personal growth, environmental, and philanthropical goals can include your best friend, too. Here are our top 7 ideas for including a favorite canine in your New Year's resolutions.

Let Me Entertain You! Successful Holiday Parties for Pet Owners

Pets and parties?

I love the movie A Christmas Story. My favorite characters are, of course, the Bumpus Hounds.

Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season with Your Pets

 

Animal lovers find great joy including their animals in as many holiday celebrations as possible.

Lovin’ an Elevator: Helping an Old Dog Become More Comfortable

About a year ago Zam, my 14.5-year-old Labrador, began to balk at the stairs.

How to Put an End to Counter-Surfing

Many dog owners complain that their dogs steal food from kitchen counters or even the dinner table. A new term was even coined to describe this behavior: counter-surfing. If you're tired of losing your dinner to a sneaky pooch every time you turn your back, here's what you can do about it.

Adopting a Shelter or Rescue Dog: How to Find the Right Match

Originally published 10/01/2010.

Adding to the family

October is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month. Adding a dog to your household can bring great joy, but adopting a pet is a bit like looking for a roommate or significant other—the more you know beforehand, the greater the odds of a successful relationship. If you already have other pets, it can be even harder to find the right match. To ensure a successful adoption, think carefully about what it is you're looking for before you go to select a pet.

Help, We’re Being Invaded! How to Train Polite Greetings

Holiday fun?

The last quarter of the year is a rough one for dogs.

Reducing Leash Reactivity: The Engage-Disengage Game

Sound familiar? The 4 Fs of fear

The Power of Ongoing Learning

Last month I wrote about some well-trained, problem-solving animals and the incredible things they accomplished on their own.

Making Cats Friendly, Clicker Style

Clicker training, the science-based system of teaching behavior with positive reinforcers and a marker signal, is becoming immensely popular, world-wide, with some dog owners and trainers, while still being rejected by others. It seems so alien, so different from traditional training, that many are very reluctant to try this new system on their already well-trained dogs. Why not leave your dogs out of the picture for the time being, and explore the clicker experience for yourself, with an animal you don't really need or expect reliable performance from: Your cat.

Desperately Seeking Snoozing: How to Help Your Dog Relax

Excited, exhausted

It might seem that it would take voodoo, or something similar, to teach unruly, out-of-control and/or overly enthusiastic dogs how to be calm and relaxe