Resource Guarding

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Written by Samantha Zurlinden, DVM Candidate North Carolina State University Class of 2023 What is resource guarding and why does it occur? Resource guarding is a relatively common behavior problem in dogs. It is defined as a dog using avoidance, threatening, or aggressive behaviors to retain control of food or other items in front of … Continued

How to Stop Pulling

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  Written by Katharine Schwarz, RVT, KPA CTP Why do dogs pull when leashed? Leash pulling is a common complaint among dog owners. Why do dogs pull? The world is an exciting place full of new scents, sights, sounds, playmates, etc. Leash pulling is a self-reinforcing behavior, which means that when the dog pulls, they … Continued

Identifying a Qualified Dog Trainer or Behavior Professional 

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Written by Samantha Zurlinden, DVM Candidate North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2023 The Reality Animal training is a booming industry. We love our pets, and we want the best for them. We also want to live with them harmoniously. Many pet owners seek out professional pet behavior help on their … Continued

Teach your Dog to Love Wearing a Muzzle

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Written by Sandra Robbins BS, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), CPDT-KSA, KPA-CTP Why use a muzzle? Comfortably wearing a muzzle is a great skill for any dog to have. Chances are it will be necessary to wear one at some point during their life. The veterinary hospital is the most common place a muzzle may … Continued

Loose Leash Walking

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Written by Melissa Spooner-Raymond, LVT, VTS (Behavior), BS, KPA-CTP, TAGteach Level One When walking your dog, you can determine how loose leash walking works best for you. You may not have a right or left side preference, or desire to have your dog perfectly aligned with your leg. You may be okay with having them … Continued

Walking Your Dog

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Written By Melissa Spooner-Raymond, LVT, VTS (Behavior), BS, KPA-CTP, TAGteach Level One Taking your dog for a walk should be an enjoyable event; walks are the primary reason some people get a dog. For some owners, issues arise that make going on walks less enjoyable. Let’s think about some options to help you both enjoy … Continued

Training Series: Teaching Eye Contact to a Dog

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By Pat Koven LVT, KPA-CTP, Sandra Robins, BS, CVT, VTS (anesthesia & analgesia), CPDT-KSA, KPA-CTP, and Katharine Schwarz, RVT, KPA-CTP Eye contact teaches your pet to focus attention on you and check in with you regularly.  By reinforcing this behavior, you are making yourself more exciting than the environment around you. A strong Look on … Continued

Leash Reactivity in Dogs

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By Melissa Spooner-Raymond, LVT, VTS (Behavior), BS, KPA-CTP, TAGteach Level One What is Leash Reactivity? Reactivity is a dog’s response to something in their environment which is triggered by anxiety, fear, or frustration. Though it is not limited to these behaviors, the dog may express their concerns by barking, growling, lunging, jumping up, and pulling. … Continued

TRAINING SERIES: Target Training Dogs with Touch

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Written by By Pat Koven LVT, KPA-CTP, Sandra Robins BS, CVT, VTS (anesthesia & analgesia), CPDT-KSA, KPA-CTP, Katharine Schwarz, RVT, KPA-CTP What is targeting? Targeting is teaching your dog to touch a part of their body such as a paw, shoulder, hip, or nose to a specific object. The most common use is asking the … Continued

Preparing for Mat Training: Setting the Mood

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By Pat Koven, LVT, KPA-CTP Uses Teaching your pet to go to a mat (stationing) can be used to: give him space (a portable safe haven) from visitors and create his own “go to” spot. keep him out of the kitchen during mealtimes or from counter surfing. take the mat to the veterinarian and station … Continued