Posted On: Thursday, December 5th, 2013 | Comments: 0
Frequently in our jobs at veterinary hospitals, shelters or even boarding facilities, we’re so used to dealing with animals and trying to get our jobs done quickly that we forget how our actions can affect the animal or look to the clients. Here are 5 tips for handling dogs and cats in a caring manner.
Posted On: Sunday, December 1st, 2013 | Comments: 1
CattleDog Publishing is pleased to announce a suite of Low Stress Handling products designed to get petcare professionals and staff up to speed quickly on the techniques.
Posted On: Friday, November 22nd, 2013 | Comments: 7
Most of you have probably heard that cats don’t like pottying in covered litter boxes; which is what this setup was, in essence. But according to a recent study, this assumption may be wrong.
Posted On: Sunday, November 17th, 2013 | Comments: 0
This DVD workshop teaches you quick, precise treat delivery technique; body language that provides clear direction; and the ability to guide your dog from one exercise to the next fluidly and in rapid succession, the way a dancer leads his partner through a series of different steps.
Posted On: Monday, November 4th, 2013 | Comments: 8
Last time we looked at how to use a science-based approach (use of counterconditioning) to dealing with dogs with food bowl aggression and saw that by approaching the problems systematically the solution was pretty straightforward. So how do we tweak that approach to the case where the dog is food aggressive only towards other dogs?
Posted On: Friday, November 1st, 2013 | Comments: 7
Possession aggression seems like such a puzzling problem; however, if you take a scientific approach then fixing the situation can be straightforward. It’s all about finding a way to help the dog feel like everyone’s going to steal his stuff. So how do you do that?
Posted On: Monday, October 28th, 2013 | Comments: 1
One animal behavior intern learns the importance of applying science to training in her month-long internship with Dr. Yin.
Posted On: Sunday, October 27th, 2013 | Comments: 0
Watch Dr. Yin’s latest DVD: Pet Dogs, Problem Dogs, High Performance Dogs: How Science Can Take Your Training to a New Level
Posted On: Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 | Comments: 1
Here is the progression of exercises we performed on day 1 of our dog class. We use it for regular dogs as well as reactive dogs, which is why we are also able to easily integrate some reactive or hyperactive dogs in our class.
Posted On: Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 | Comments: 0
The Treat&Train® allows everyone to train with good timing. When it comes to training our dogs, we all have some physical and coordination challenges at times. When you’re confined to a wheelchair those challenges can be amplified.
Posted On: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 | Comments: 1
Our classes and workshops for reactive dogs focus on working on human-only drills first so that handlers can first gain the efficiency of movement needed to provide clear direction to their dogs and to make the exercise fun regardless of whether the food reward is super-yummy or average. Then once each human-only drill has been performed, handlers practice the same skills with their dog.
Posted On: Monday, September 23rd, 2013 | Comments: 0
What do you need to do to create a perfect puppy or to fix the problem one in under a month? Find out in just 100 minutes in this new lecture DVD by Dr. Sophia Yin.
Posted On: Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 | Comments: 2
Veterinarians, technicians and other dog enthusiasts often ask me about the most efficient way to learn about animal training or to become a trainer. Currently, my best recommendation is the Karen Pryor Academy and others agree. Just ask veterinary technician Debbie Martin, a KPA graduate and co-author of Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog.
Posted On: Sunday, August 4th, 2013 | Comments: 0
When people hear about the Treat&Train®, they frequently ask similar questions. How can the Treat&Train help me train my dog to be calm? Why would I want to use a machine to deliver treats instead of giving them myself by hand? Can I use the device if I have multiple dogs in the house? Here's how one pet owner learned the answers to these questions.
Posted On: Sunday, August 4th, 2013 | Comments: 0
The MannersMinder is now rebranded as the Treat&Train® but it’s the same trusty device and clinical researched training program. So what’s new?
Posted On: Monday, July 29th, 2013 | Comments: 0
According to the Bayer veterinary care usage study funded by Bayer HealthCare LLC, Animal Health Division, fear and stress prompt 39% of owners to take their cats to the vet hospital only in cases of emergencies, and 37.6% of owners feel stressed just thinking about going to the vet. However, in some cases, the Thundershirt can have a clear positive effect and the effects are quick.
Posted On: Saturday, June 29th, 2013 | Comments: 1
If you have a reactive dog and already know the patterns for keeping your dog focused on you and can perform these in the presence of distractions relatively close by, you’re 80% there. Here are examples of how you can apply these exercises to situations where you see a human or dog approaching on a path and need to keep your dog focused so he won’t bark, jump or lunge at them.
Posted On: Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 | Comments: 13
Do you have a reactive dog? You might think the answer is that if you try treats and they don’t work you should move to a method that’s more severe, such as yanking with a choke chain or pinch collar or something so aversive that it makes the dog want to stop. What you really should do is improve your technique and work at the distance from the distraction where you can keep the reactive Rover focused on you.
Posted On: Sunday, May 19th, 2013 | Comments: 0
If you’re looking for that perfect canine match, you’ll have to carefully evaluate your lifestyle and the amount of training you’re willing to invest, plus the characteristics of the dog. What types of characteristics as well as warning signs should you look for? Here are some tips.
Posted On: Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 | Comments: 0
You’ve already learned a number of exercises that are important for taking your dog on a walk. Here's how to put them all together.
Posted On: Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 | Comments: 0
One of the major issues with teaching dogs to walk well on lead is that they want to rush ahead to see the sights. Walking next to you, and especially stopping to wait, is boring to them compared to exploring. How do we remedy the situation? We make sticking next to you and stopping a fun game—one that’s as exciting as the people, sounds and smells on a walk.
Posted On: Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 | Comments: 0
Here are some of our free downloads, translated into other languages.
Posted On: Sunday, February 17th, 2013 | Comments: 0
Frequently, when you want to start your walk, or at other times, you need to get your dog back to heel position at your side. Here is quick and simple way to teach it.
Posted On: Thursday, February 14th, 2013 | Comments: 1
Another technique for loose leash walking that everyone should know, which has a similar function to the about-turn, is the U-turn where, when you make the turn, your dog is stationary and you walk around him. That means if your dog walks on your left side, you turn to the left and walk around him.
Posted On: Monday, February 11th, 2013 | Comments: 0
In this blog, I’ll introduce the about-turn which you can use: (1) if your dog gets ahead of you, (2) before she has a chance to get ahead of you, or (3) intermittently just to spice up the walk.