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Myth of the Quick Fix for Behavior Problems
Contrary to popular belief, changing behavior takes time
In January, I welcomed a new puppy into my home, a 7-week-old Border Collie named Remy. With any new dog, there is always a growing list of things to train—learning not to chase the cat, greeting people politely, walking nicely on a leash, settling in a crate, just to name a few. Most times, the solution is simple, reward good behavior and ignore bad behavior, but changing any behavior takes time...
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How to Help Pets in Japan
Many organizations are taking donations to help dogs in need
Over the past week, I've been glued to the news watching the unbelievable devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Japanese are known for how much they love their dogs, and I've seen many heartbreaking images of people evacuating with their pets tucked under their arm. The evacuation shelters appear to be pet friendly because I've seen many photos of people with their dogs...
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Therapy Through a Dog’s Eyes
Seattle hospital attaches cameras to their therapy pups
When I visit the hospital with Nemo, as part of the Good Dog Foundation therapy program, it’s so rewarding to see the joy the dogs bring to the patients. Pets have an amazing ability to cheer up people and it always brings a smile to my face. Now everyone can enjoy the power of pet therapy, even if you’re not in the hospital. The Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., created their own therapy...
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“Groupon” for Pups
Two daily deal websites launch for pets this year
Daily deal coupon websites, like Groupon and LivingSocial, have surged in popularity over the last two years. These websites partner with companies to offer a different deal each day.  Occasionally, there will be a pet-related deal. I once got a $50 gift certificate to a local boutique pet store for $25 and a voucher to participate in an Outdoor Bound group dog hike for $35. Earlier this year,...
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Proposal Threatens Canine Park Access in California
NPS study aims to restrict dogs in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
I’m always looking for good off leash areas for my dogs, but they are becoming harder and harder to find. Unfortunately, a few irresponsible people usually ruin privileges for the rest of us.  America’s National Parks are some of the most beautiful places in the country, but most are off limits to dogs. There are a few that allow pets on leash, but even then they are usually restricted to a few...
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Ancient Burial Shows Human-Canine Bond
7,000 year old dog suggests people saw canines as thinking beings
I happen to live near the nation’s first pet cemetery, located in Hartsdale, N.Y. Pet burials may seem like a modern luxury, but the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery has been burying beloved dogs since 1896. However, it turns out that canine burials may far predate New York’s venerable cemetery.  Recently, the burial remains of a dog that lived over 7,000 years ago was discovered in Siberia. Unlike wolves...
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Mass. Dogs Help Homeless Shelter
Pups find a foster home while aiding Bostonians
I think that dogs have an innate ability to bring out the best in us. Over the last year, I’ve written about dogs calming humans testifying in court, putting patients at ease in the doctor’s office, and even helping people meet new significant others. Now, dogs are helping residents open up to staff members at a Boston, Mass., homeless shelter, while increasing their own adoptability in return....
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Breed Specific Adoption Incentives
N.Y. town provides financial reward for Pit Bulls
Sometimes it seems like as much as 90 percent of the dogs at my local animal shelter are Pit Bulls. Unfortunately this stigmatized breed is often the last to be adopted because of the bad publicity they get. The Brookhaven Animal Shelter in New York has been overwhelmed with Pit Bulls in recent years. Currently they have 140 available for adoption, far more than they can realistically adopt out....
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Street Food Goes to the Dogs
L.A. gets its own gourmet treat truck for pets
Living in New York, I’m fortunate to have some of the best food in the country right at my doorstep. But despite the many top ranked restaurants, some of my favorite meals come on wheels. Gourmet food trucks have been popping up in cities all over the country, developing cult-like followings for their affordable delicacies. Now pets in Los Angeles have their own food truck. PhyDough sells...
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Cast Your Vote in the Canis Film Festival
Karen Pryor hosts a video contest promoting positive dog training
2011 marks the third Canis Film Festival hosted by Karen Pryor Clickertraining. The contest is designed to showcase short videos promoting training using positive methods.  The Canis Film Festival encourages entries to demonstrate not only the amazing end behavior, but also the process and methods used to achieve the final result. Other criteria include innovation (in the end behavior and the...