Why Australia

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Former research assistant to Dr. Yin, Lynna Feng, has written about her decision to get her PhD in Bendigo, Australia. What could make a woman from the cosmopolitan Bay Area who studied at one of the best known, largest universities for veterinary science shift to a small town half a world away? Read on to find out more.

Animal Trainers and Behaviorists: Licensing and Certification

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“You should find a good trainer.” How many times have we heard this advice but don’t know exactly who to turn to? When one of my dogs began exhibiting aggressive behavior, many people told me that I should “find” a behaviorist, as if it were a simple, ordinary task and that all I had to do was search. In my quest to find the best behaviorist, I realized that the options were much more nuanced, the licensing/certification organizations much more varied, and the process much more complicated than I had initially thought.

Karen Pryor Academy: The Most Efficient Path to Becoming an Animal Trainer

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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.

How Consequences Affect Our Body, Brain, and Behavior: A New Book Reveals All

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Have you ever wondered why your dog, cat, bird, or 3 year old child are so adept at whining, screeching or complaining until you finally give in? Or why you always fall into that cycle of resisting at first but later bend to their wishes? Now, biopsychologist and behavior analyst, Dr. Susan Schneider, has written a fascinating book titled, “The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World,” that reveals it all.

How Do I Train Proper Doggy Play Skills Faster?

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If your dog gets too excited when playing with other dogs, it is possible to quickly train proper doggy play skills. The key is teaching your dog that you are just as fun as that other dog.

Pokey Dog Lags on Leash

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Does your dog lag on leash? Q) I have a three year old male, neutered Shih Tzu named Pocky. My problem is that while other dogs drag their owners on walks, I have to constantly pull on Pocky’s leash so that he will walk with me.

Scooting Dog Draws a Crowd

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Question about a scooting dog: I have a 7-year old Cocker Spaniel mix who has this annoying habit. I’m wondering if there’s really a way of training her out of it. As if on command to perform, in her excitement around people, she starts to scoot. Really embarrassing. Got any ideas?