From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review online: When Massachusetts dog trainer Emma Parsons taught a not-so-old dog a new trick, she learned a big lesson herself. It eventually led to a training method that teaches aggressive dogs how to calm down, a book on the subject, and workshops such as one she will lead this weekend in Oakmont. The workshop is Parsons' first appearance in this area and is one of a growing number of workshops she has been doing since her book, Click to Calm, came out in December.
In his day job Hungarian Attila Szkukalek is a biochemist in Norwich, England. In his private life he's a husband, father, and dog training instructor. To the rest of us, Attila with his dog, Fly, is the best freestyle trainer and performer on the planet—and a powerful ambassador for reinforcement-based training.
The Painting Beagles of Newfoundland will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their paintings to the Courtney Trempe Memorial Fund for Dog Bite Victim Support. The Painting Beagles are trained by Tonji Stewart of Canine Company Clicker Training and Consulting in Holyrood, Newfoundland. The dogs paint using a painting mitt worn on a paw, they were taught using clicker training, an advanced method of training used by elite trainers of marine mammals, search dogs, service dogs and even zoo animals
This story on dog aggression from the Gilroy Dispatch is a great little piece on how aggression can be managed with positive reinforcement and clicker training, a topic that's of great interest to us here at KPCT. Emma Parsons, KPCT's Training Director, wrote Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog and gives Click to Calm seminars around the country. It's nice to see this idea that aggressive dogs don't need to be choked into submission, that there are positive ways to deal with this behavior, spreading in the press.
Doggone Crazy!, manufacturer of the Doggone Crazy! board game and Clicker Puppy training DVD, will hit the airwaves across the US in the coming weeks with pre-Christmas product promotions. Animal Radio will air an interview with Doggone Crazy! co-creator Teresa Lewin on-line and with its 37 affiliate radio stations. A Doggone Crazy! promotion will be heard 700 times on 92 radio stations with the popular Joy Grdnic segment. All Star Radio Networks has selected the Clicker Puppy DVD for its innovative Contest in a Can promotion, distributed to 350 radio stations across the US and will also provide Morning Show content including Doggone Crazy! safety messages to 350 radio stations.