Dog Training Tools vs Teaching

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Tools vs Teaching One of the most common dog walking scenes across the country is a pet parent being pulled down the street while walking their dog. Sometimes I am lucky enough to see a dog wearing a front attaching harness however it is often without the benefit of being taught or learning anything. How […]

The Foible of Inclusivity in “Teaching”

Shar-Pei Blown Away

Dear Unethical Organization, What happened when we were best buds, and nothing could tear us apart? I miss those days and yearn for them back. Do you remember when you were young and you heard through the grapevine that your best friend said something negative about you? Do you remember the feeling of emptiness, cognitive […]

Steve Guttenberg Teams Up With Fun Paw Care

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Steve Guttenberg Teams Up With Fun Paw Care to Support Service Dogs & Homeless Dogs in Conjunction with 2 Noteworthy Charities!   I am thrilled to announce: film star, actor, dog lover and one of my closest friends, Steve Guttenberg will be teaming up in support of Fun Paw Care to raise awareness for service dogs […]

Journalistic Integrity and Dogs

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Dogs and Journalists, Oh My!   Have you ever played the game, how many inaccuracies can you find in one article by large media outlet newspaper? It is fun but quite sad. This is not to single out a specific newspaper but to focus on the systemic problem affecting media and journalists today. It is […]

Accessible Miami Beach

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Sabrina Cohen Accessible Beach   “The only disability in life is a bad attitude,” and by this metric there were no disabilities as far as the eye could see. A core tenet in life is to give back, volunteer, and to make life as fulfilling, enjoyable, and empowering for others as possible. This includes offering […]

8 Reasons Why Dogs Are Not Pack Animals

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Are Dogs Pack Animals? How many times have you heard that dogs are pack animals? Propagated by autodidact reality television show business hosts, the term “pack animals” is used so often that most people don’t question it. It is ingrained in our social lexicon and used incorrectly. Many people recite parlance they hear in the […]

8 Reasons Why I Don’t Allow My Dogs In The Kitchen

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Some popular dog training questions are: Should I allow my dog in the bedroom? Should I allow my dog on the couch? Should I let my dog on the bed? Should I allow my dog in the kitchen? These are all great questions, but the answer is, I don’t know because these are personal choices. […]

Let’s Get Naked

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Stripping Down With Your Dog By a show of hands (or comments below) how many of you have ever left the house to take your dog on a long dog walk or dog training outdoors without your phone? Bueller, Bueller, Bueller? Not, many I would guess. I would like to suggest that you do so and […]

Tommy Says – The Only Disability is a Bad Attitude!

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Three Legs or Four, Tommy has a lot of Energy and Loves Being Outside!  One of the many reasons I love ethology, dog training and working with nonhuman and human animals is that they inspire me to be a better person. I am a board member of the disability access committee (DAC) in Miami Beach. […]

Ground Control to Major Tom

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Behavior is the Number One Killer of Dogs It is all too common to forget that behavior is a science, just like medicine. The number one killer of dogs in this country is bad behavior, not medical issues. However many rescues and adoption shelters forget to mention or emphasize how enrichment, teaching and behavior modification […]

Adopt my Foster Dog Tommy, the Three Legged Wonder

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Update 08/20/2014 It is very early on and Tommy is still finishing up his medicine and de-stressing from shelter life, his neutering and amputation but as the only (CDBC) Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer in Miami I have observed a wonderful family pet. He exhibits no behavioral problems. Of course […]

The Science of Dog Training

Miami Dog Training Brain

Dog Training is Simple, as Long as You Change Do you want to change or do you want your dog to change when dog training? Los Angeles California families are often surprised to hear that they must change if they want their dog’s behavior to change. Imagine walking unhappily into a psychologist’s office, seeking positive, […]

Mock Trials Dog Training Miami

Dog Training Miami

Dog Training Mock Trials Ensure a Confident Happy Dog Here in hot and steamy South Florida dog training, Miami and an earthquake, fire and mudslide-prone Los Angeles California, residents are constantly reminded of Mother Nature in all of her splendor and awe – natural disaster preparation. But how many people actually prepare beyond a few bottles […]

Dog Walking & Dog Boarding, Miami & Industry Problems

Dog Walking, Dog Boarding & Pet Sitting, Oh My!    What’s wrong with Dogvacay, Rover, Thumbtack and most other dog boarding, dog walking, pet sitting and doggie daycare services? 1-3   There are some great dog walkers/handlers and responsible, knowledgeable dog boarding individuals out there, but the majority are downright scary and disgraceful.4 How is […]

Behavior & Dog Training, Miami & The World Over

Miami Dog Training and Behavior

Dog Training Commitment Imagine going to a personal trainer and saying, “I want to get in shape and eat healthier.” The trainer would likely put you on a program involving a healthy diet, break down your caloric intake, a rigorous exercise routine, personal coaching, show you the correct mechanics, motions, kinetics, and would provide encouragement […]

SPARCS and the Winds of Change

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Dog Training & Science Conflate!   Being an 800 pound gorilla is great as long as you have a monopoly and market share (looking at you APDT). So how does a behemoth slide into obscurity? Case studies have been written on Eastman Kodak and others who have failed to embrace technology, who were either too […]

Generalization in Dog Training

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Generalization in Dog Training What is dog training generalization and why is it so important? Generalizing a dog’s behavior is the process of reproducing the desired behavior in various environments, settings, and conditions different from the initially trained behavior in the original environment. Generalization is also known as cross contextualization and proofing (with distractions). Why […]

Morals and Ethics of Dog Breeding

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Rescue Don’t Buy “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. After reading Nancy Kalish’s article in Psychology Today, “It’s National Purebred Dog Day2,” this quote came to mind. She is a professor, author, and psychologist who blatantly displays her lack of compassion and ignorance […]

Sports For Animals or People

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Dog sports, breeding, conformation, agility, obedience competition, working dogs…etc., are all so common that many don’t even blink an eye when they are mentioned. But who is looking out for a dogs’ rights and welfare? Some people are in the limelight and are rich, and famous. This often has the benefits of access to the best […]

Dogs in Extreme Sports

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A dog is stuffed into a backpack and worn by the pet parent as he base-jumps off a cliff. A dog is hooked up to a sling line and is dangling precariously, thousands of feet above a mountain’s jagged edge, as the owner pulls him over a crevasse. Here’s the kicker, this isn’t a rescue […]