Pre-School for Dogs

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Broad Ripple Animal Clinic & Wellness Center has staff members that are trained animal behaviorists to offer comprehensive behavior services. They’ve decided to do this for the same reasons that CattleDog Publishing and DrSophiaYin.com were born: seeing so many animals put to sleep because of behavioral problems rather than disease or injury. They created a school for dogs called Bark Tutor, where they work with owners and their pets to help them be successful. Last year, Dr. Yin had the pleasure of conversing with Amber Taylor, RVT and practice manager, about their puppy program.

Medical Conditions in Aging Pets

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Dogs and cats can develop many medical conditions as they get older. Here are a few symptoms to be on the look out for.

Free Dog Bite Prevention Week Resources

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In honor of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, Dr. Sophia Yin presents some unique educational resources including an animated PSA and canine body language poster.

Fighting Cats Leave Family Frazzled

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Everyone’s stressed when cats are fighting. Learn how to keep a truce and actually train them to like each other.

Day 1 of Training Match to Sample

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In the Training Match to Sample Game, Dr. Yin starts by teaching Jonesy to fetch a toy she taps. His mediocre results reveal a lot about his learning patterns.

Is Your Dog Smarter if he has a Bigger Brain?

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Is your dog smarter than your cat because his brain is bigger? It turns out that brain size is not a measure of intelligence and cats can learn many tricks as quickly as dogs.

Chicken Training

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I am a Psychology student who is currently enrolled in a subject that requires animal training. I was wondering how many days did it take you to teach the chicken those tricks? Did you use positive reinforcement?

Training Dog Tricks: Circus School for Dogs Recap

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I just finished teaching a two-day workshop at the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Wisconsin. It was 1.5 days of lecture on topics ranging from training animals across species, to the pitfalls of punishment, to the importance of body language and unconscious visual cues that affect a dog’s ability to learn the behaviors you want. This was followed by a 3 hour Circus School for Dogs.