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Difference Between Dog Trainer and Behaviorist

cats dogs training Feb 11, 2021

The Difference Between a Dog Trainer and a Behaviorist

Not all trainers can also call themselves behaviorists. The difference between the two is: trainers have knowledge and experience in different training methods, while behaviorists have deep insight into the thought patterns of animals (or humans) and are adept at discovering the root causes of behaviors.

For example: Trainers often teach tricks, sports, train service animals, and solve common nuisance behaviors, while behaviorists are called in to deal with aggression cases, severe anxiety issues, reverse negative associations, and most importantly: get to the root causes of behaviors and figure out ways to solve them.

Over my years of experience, I can say with confidence that I am both a trainer and behaviorist.

This is why my...

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How to Teach a Dog to Pose Perfectly for Pictures - Poses with Dogs

dogs holidays training Jan 12, 2021

See how I got my dog to sit at a candlelit dinner with me and get some great ideas for your own doggy photo shoot. National Dress up Your Pet Day is January 14th 2021. Dog photography is a great bonding experience for you and your dog!

I had a lot of fun taking all of these pictures with my dog, Jasper! He looks so cute in a tie, does he not? Drop by on YouTube and give my video a "like" - it really helps me out a lot. Thank you!

Do NOT light a candle in front of your dog. This dog is highly trained for this trick.

 Enjoy, and remember to create lasting memories every day!

♥ Heather

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Gift Ideas for Your Pet-Loving Friends this Holiday Season

The season of giving has come again! (Honestly, we should be giving year-round :)

You may be wondering what to give some of the people on your list... especially the animal fanatics!

Well I may have some solutions for you on this page...

(The links below are affiliate links, which means I get a commission if you buy from these links. I work very hard to bring you free pet training tips and advice, so please consider using my links if you're going to buy from these companies. Thank you!)

 

Your dog deserves this!

Woof Blankets turns your cat or dog's photo into a piece of art and prints it on a blanket! This will make a great keepsake gift that will be cherished by your loved one for years to come!

Give the gift of a Woof Blankets customized, hand-drawn blanket or custom canvas art piece featuring...

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How to Calm an Anxious Dog on Halloween Night

dogs holidays Oct 30, 2020

"(Doorbell) - Trick or Treat!" Your dog runs behind the sofa and barks, hackles raised... does this scene sound familiar?

How about Fido quivering under the bed?

If your dog has similar reactions to trick-or-treaters, I have some helpful advice. Let's dig in:

  • Give your dog calming supplements starting a few days prior to Halloween.
  • Give your dog plenty of exercise the day prior and the day of the festivities. This will release any pent-up anxiety and help your dog be more calm when the trick-or-treaters come out.
  • Make sure your dog's collar and tags are on well before the festivities, in the event he or she were to escape the house.
  • Give your dog at least two durable, food-filled toys to chew on to keep her mind off of all else once the festivities begin.
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Halloween Festivities - Is Dressing Up Your Dog Really a Good Idea?

cats dogs holidays Oct 28, 2020

Should People Dress Up Pets for Halloween?

Sure, it's cute, but have you thought about how they feel about it?

I think dressing up a pet who has been trained to accept wearing things using positive reinforcement (praise & positive associations) is acceptable for photo ops, as long as they're not showing any signs of stress or humiliation.

For animals, playing "dress up" is very unnatural and uncomfortable. We must take caution and look out for their mental and emotional well-being.

Dressing up certain animals with aggressive tendencies can exacerbate the problem, as stress causes these animals to snap.

Dressing up shy or fearful animals can make their anxiety worse.

Taking any dog out in public while wearing a costume can cause major communication problems. What I mean is,...

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Is D.E. Safe To Give Dogs Internally?

Diatomaceous Earth, a fine white powder sourced from fossils, has many uses including flea and tick prevention, use in parasite cleanses, is a great skin exfoliant, can be used to brush teeth, is a great source of calcium and minerals, is a desiccant (keeps things dry), deodorizer, and can be used in the garden. While D.E. provides benefits for all of these uses, it must be used with caution. Let's dive deeper...

D.E. is comprised of ancient fossilized aquatic organisms that are ground up into micro-sized particles. These particles are very sharp and have jagged edges. This is why it works so well at lacerating the bodies of both internal and external parasites. For obvious reasons, we don't want to get this into our lungs. Extreme caution must be used when...

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In Memoriam of...

dogs pet products Sep 11, 2020

When a pet passes away, they leave behind many fond memories. They may have inspired you, cheered you, or was just the steady friend you always had around. There are some things that belonged to them that you want to keep around. For me, it was Rosie's favorite toy that she had since she was a puppy, her collar tag, and best picture. These have remained preserved over the years since her passing and sit on a bookshelf in my bedroom.

Rosie was everything: a playmate, best friend, ever-present companion, trick-dog master, agility wiz, scent tracker... my little black bear!

I recently stumbled accross a business that prints dog photos on blankets - full-size. It was funny, because a couple of weeks ago, I thought to myself, "it would sure be nice to get that printed on a...

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The Differences Between Service Dogs, Emotional Support Animals and Therapy Dogs

dogs Sep 09, 2020

(Originally Published 5/25/2020)

Approximate reading time: 8 minutes 
 
To listen to this blog post, watch it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS40Q7VP4aI&t=125s Please "Like" my video if you found the information helpful. Thank you!

Service Dogs

Service Dogs provide an individual with aid in everyday tasks. Service dogs are most commonly associated with helping to mobilize the blind. They can also accompany the deaf or hard of hearing. In fact, hearing dogs are in their own category of service dogs! They are specifically trained to notify their owner of sounds such as smoke alarms, oncoming traffic, guests and more. Service dogs can provide mobility to their partner by pulling a wheelchair, picking up items, opening and closing doors, and bringing...
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