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Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Step by Step Training Guide for "Leave It"
A complete training guide
Stella
Leave-it, a cue that asks your dog to leave something alone, is up there among the most useful things you can teach your dog. Think of it this way: your dog might not stop chasing that deer into traffic on her own, but with an airtight leave-it cue you can stop her in her tracks and save her life. So whether it’s another dog, that slice of pizza on the edge of the counter, a squirrel, the person...
News: Karen B. London
Coffee Shop Dog Talk
What are people saying?
I love listening to people talk, and I justify my tendency to eavesdrop in public places by reminding myself that I am a writer, and this is what writers do. I try to be discreet, and usually succeed, with the exception of one occasion years ago. I leaned back so far in my chair to make sure I did not miss the end of a thrilling story that I fell backwards, crashing onto the floor and badly...
News: JoAnna Lou
Pet Thefts Up This Year
AKC reports 32 percent increase in stolen dogs
Last year, I wrote about a piece of legislation aimed at making pet theft a felony in New York State. The bill hasn't been passed yet and, unfortunately, it looks like pet theft is on the rise. This year, the American Kennel Club reports a 32 percent increase in stolen dogs. The data are taken from media reports of pet theft and customers who call the Companion Animal Recovery service, so the...
News: Karen B. London
Paws to Read
Literacy improves when kids read to dogs
When kids read to dogs, the dogs don’t judge kids who are still learning how to read or those who may feel hesitant about their skills. Dogs don’t laugh or tease, either. That makes the experience of reading to dogs very different than reading when other kids, or even adults, are around. Kids become more confident and are willing to spend time reading when the listener is a dog. Practice...
News: Guest Posts
We’ve Reopened Submissions
Not yet for essays, but yes for reporting and journalistic pieces
We love hearing from you—from comments on the blog, Facebook and Twitter to your thoughtful, researched story submissions for the magazine and website. So we’re very happy to be lifting a moratorium—partially—on the latter. Once again, we invite you to submit your stories or pitches for dog-related reportage. Keep in mind, we stay up-to-date (mostly) on dog news and hear from quite a few PR...
News: Guest Posts
“Wilfred”—If Dogs Could Talk
Over the years I’ve imagined up a full and complex human life for my dog. There is something about his personality that screams socially awkward 45-year-old still living at home with Mom. I can’t help it and it cracks me up, so needless to say, I was pretty excited when a friend told me about FX’s newest series, Wilfred. Wilfred is about a troubled young man, Ryan (played by Elijah Wood of The...
News: Karen B. London
California’s First Dog Decreasing Deficit
Sutter the Corgi an asset to his state
California Governor Jerry Brown’s Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Sutter, is so popular that his fans are buying products from his line of merchandise. His Twitter name @Sutter Brown is on T-shirts, tote bags, tank tops, hoodies, infant onesies and caps. For every sale made, $3 goes to paying down the state of California’s budget deficit. Despite the whopping $700 that has already been made, California’s...
News: JoAnna Lou
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...
News: JoAnna Lou
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...
News: Karen B. London
Can Dogs Be Valentines?
Celebrating love with other species
  Late last week I was among those who received an e-mail from a friend of mine titled “Anybody wanna be Marley’s Valentine?” That was her way of selling the request for someone to walk her dog during the middle of the day today since she had to be away from the house for too long.   She went on to say that Marley is actually her Valentine, but that she has accepted that she is not the only love...

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