On a Lark

I have a story. It’s long, and I don’t know the ending yet. It’s partly a testament to my impulsivity and partly an explanation for why I have a red dog,  with blue eyes that are going to creep out my mother-in-law,  lying on my living room rug (Which he chewed a corner off of …

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Playgroup Programming for Shelter Dogs

Let me begin by saying that I’ve been observing dog play, and facilitating dog play in various settings (puppy classes, adult fearful dog classes, “out and about” classes, sheltering situations, obedience class situations) and for different purposes (building social skills, building response to handlers when with other dogs, enhancing quality of life, imparting remedial social/play …

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Protected Contact: Not Just For Zoo Animals!

I want to talk for a moment about the concept of protected contact. Typically protected contact in animal care and training is defined as the trainer and the animal not inhabiting the same unrestricted space. There is typically a barrier of some type, but the animal is free to move away from the training space …

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The Lemonade Conference 2020

I’ve been holding off on writing a post about attending the Lemonade Conference, which was an (incredible!) online conference, a cooperative effort of IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) and FDSA (Fenzi Dog Sports Academy). I know it’s a trite thing to say, but this conference offered something for everyone. Presentations for trainers, dog …

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