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The Canine Supernanny Is Back
Victoria Stilwell returns for another year in Bark, and a third season on TV
New year, new challenges, new solutions. We’re thrilled the calm, compassionate and straight-talking Victoria Stilwell returns to answer reader questions in 2011. In our February issue, she tackles one dog’s new habit (acquired during the holiday) of counter-surfing. As per usual, Stilwell’s prescription requires seeing the situation from the dog’s point of view and employing a combination of...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Q&A with the Trainers of DogTown
On building a better relationship with your dog.
We’ve been enjoying the Daily Dog Tips from the trainers of National Geographic’s hit show DogTown. So we decided to chat with John Garcia, a trainer from DogTown’s Best Friends Animal Society about the new book Dog Tips from DogTown and the importance of building a relationship with your dog. The Best Friends Animal Society has been rescuing animals for well over 20 years. What prompted you to...
News: Guest Posts
Are You Tipping?
Don’t miss your daily dog tips from DogTown
Sometimes I get overwhelmed reading about training and behavior. It feels like there is too much to know and absorb. That’s one of the reasons I’m loving the daily updates from Dog Tips from DogTown. This sneak, one-tip-a-day peek is rolling out on TheBark.com this week and next. My current favorite is “Tip 3: Because dog’s don’t wear mood rings,” a simple, illustrated guide to reading my dog’s...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Daily Dog Tips From DogTown
Improve the relationship between you and your dog!
Dog Tips from Dogtown
The Best Friends Animal Society is the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary, and its remarkable trainers have turned around dogs that others have given up on, helping them live more fulfilling lives and find their forever homes. These trainers build strong, trusting relationships with the dogs through positive reinforcement strategies in training and exercise, strategies you can learn by reading...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
The Art of Training
Building trust is the first step
Marilyn Pona with K.C., the YorkiePoo, and Rusty, her big red rescue boy.
For 30 years, Marilyn Pona, founder of Assistance Dogs for Living, has been training dogs: rescued, traumatized mutts; show dogs; obedience-school dropouts; neurotic dogs in danger of exile from their families; and service dogs of every kind.   “There’s one thing nearly every trainer does too soon,” she confides. “Train.”   The usual impulse, she explains, is to jump in and try to impose control...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Can't Our Dogs Just Get Along?
Talking Training with Victoria Stilwell
Q: We get along great with our neighbors; alas, our dog seems to despise their dog, and it’s mutual. Why don’t dogs like one another, and how do we teach them to get along? A: People ask a lot from their dogs by expecting them to be social with every dog they meet. This can put a lot of pressure on a dog—especially one who finds it hard to cope in social situations. Humans are able to choose...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Make Your Dog's Life Better
10 ways for improvement.
Dog and Human Relationship
By just being their furry, adorable, lovable selves, dogs help us feel treasured and joyful. This not only boosts our quality of life, it raises the oh-so-important question: What have we done for them lately? Of course, we provide food, medical care, a home, grooming, toys and other amenities, but what exactly do we do to increase their happiness quotient? Here’s a short list of ways to improve...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Solving the Generation Gap
Talking Training Stilwell
Q: We recently added a puppy to our household, and our five-year-old Aussie is definitely not amused. He’s lived with another dog, albeit one who was older; when the older dog died, he became “big dog on campus,” and seems to like the position. Though he hasn’t hurt the puppy, he’ll pin her to the ground and won’t let her up, even when she squeals. How can we help our BDOC come to terms with his...
News: Karen B. London
Dogs Have Difficulty “Unlearning”
New research on canine cognition
A recent study published in the journal Animal Cognition shows that dogs have a hard time “unlearning” certain tasks that they have been trained to do. In Minding the gap: spatial perseveration error in dogs, researchers Britta Osthaus, Donna Marlow and Pippa Ducat demonstrated that dogs who have learned a specific sort of detour behavior have trouble deviating from that behavior once the set up...
News: Editors
Mad Men’s Training Advice
The benefits of positive reinforcement, illustrated
For all you Mad Men fans—hope you caught “Tomorrowland,” the final episode of season 4 because I don’t want to give away the ending. But there was something in a pivotal scene that struck me as a perfect example of best practices for both child and dog raising.   So there is Don with his two children and Megan, his lovely, young secretary/nanny, lunching somewhere near Disneyland. Sally and Bobby...

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