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Stubby’s Story: From Crossroads to Heart Dog

Stubby’s Story: From Crossroads to Heart Dog

This article is the winning entry in the BARKS 2023 Summit Writing Competition! by Hannah Blumenfeld Stubby was born in western Texas in February 2020. He and his four littermates ended up in a small shelter and then spent three weeks in a foster home before being transported to a ...
Creating Calm? Why Context Is Key!

Creating Calm? Why Context Is Key!

  by Anna Francesca Bradley When I first started my journey in training and behavioral therapy (with dogs), I must admit that initially my focus was quite narrow. I looked at what was right in front of me—the dog’s dislike of being touched, the fear of being left, the response to ...

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Malena DeMartini: A Beacon of Light for Dogs Who Suffer When Left Home Alone

Malena DeMartini: A Beacon of Light for Dogs Who Suffer When Left Home Alone

  Malena DeMartini shares her personal and professional journey to creating her company that provides educational programs for dog professionals and guardians to help dogs with separation anxiety.   Who are you, and what makes ...
Cooperative Care with Cora: A Case Study

Cooperative Care with Cora: A Case Study

  by Jennifer Van Valkenburg Cooperative care is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I have come to appreciate how important body autonomy and choice can be, especially when experiencing a painful and difficult medical ...
Daily Dog Training Conversations

Daily Dog Training Conversations

    by Michelle Martiya     “He knows you’re the treat person.” Do you know the easiest and fastest way to get your dog to respond to you like they respond to me? BECOME THE TREAT PERSON, TOO! Do you know how I know if you’ve been stingy with ...
20 Problems With Punishment in Animal Training

20 Problems With Punishment in Animal Training

  by Dr. Karolina Westlund Recently there was a video post in my Facebook feed that caught my attention. Typically, on Facebook, I’m a bit of a lurker. I’m not very active, and when I do watch videos I often don’t share, like or comment – ...
Common Stumbling Blocks to Behavioral Recovery for Dogs and How to Overcome Them

Common Stumbling Blocks to Behavioral Recovery for Dogs and How to Overcome Them

  by Diane Garrod In response to a survey of more than 1,000 pet parents in the United States by Kinship Partners (2021), 62% said their top priority is their pets’ happiness, and 80% said their pets deserve more of their time. Seventy-one ...
Canine Enrichment with Scent Detection

Canine Enrichment with Scent Detection

By Emily Coleman In early November 2022, my dog Deja and I journeyed off to the sunny climes of Crystal River, Florida, in search of adventure! And odor … By this I mean we attended the Pet Professional Guild’s three-day Scent and Scentability ...
Chat & Chuckle with Irith Bloom of The Sophisticated Dog

Chat & Chuckle with Irith Bloom of The Sophisticated Dog

Join Niki Tudge and PPG Canine Division Chair Judy Luther to Chat & Chuckle with Irith Bloom. Irith is the owner of The Sophisticated Dog and offers virtual, online training for dogs and other pets.   Listen to the Podcast with ...
The Harness Is Coming – Run for the Hills!

The Harness Is Coming – Run for the Hills!

  I often wonder why some of us expect our dogs to miraculously accept collars, harnesses, leashes, and the like. After all, dogs are not born with these alien contraptions attached to their person! But some of this gear must ...