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*warning–tissue alert*It is impossible to celebrate the holidays without reflecting. We reflect on what we have, and we can not help but think back on holidays past, and what we have lost. While this should be a joyous time of year, it is often peppered with feelings of loss for many of us. Loss of family, loss of friends and…

As part of its ongoing mission to enhance dog ownership by improving the emotional bond between humans and their canine companions, Bark Busters, the world’s largest dog training company, has pooled the collective experience of its U.S. trainers to compile a set of findings that provides insight into the human-canine training dynamic and the realities of everyday dog behavior in…

Have you ever noticed that there are several things we say to our dogs, repeatedly?  Well animal behavioral researchers Alexandra Horowitz and Julie Hecht have, and they’ve published their research showing that what we say and how we say it elicits particular responses in them, and why they are key to the dog/human relationship. The researchers looked at 187 videos…

Generally at an aquarium one might expect to find all things… aquatic.  But Shedd Aquarium in Chicago has a different policy.  They adopt rescue dogs because they know all animals need love and care. “We give these dogs a home, train them with positive reinforcement and demonstrate how our animal care team’s training methods work whether it’s a one-ton beluga…

Therapy dogs are becoming more and more common place in today’s world.  Soldiers in the U.S. Military are often the ones seeking out these dogs to help them get over the stresses of battle.  And then there’s Joe.  He’s a therapy dog of different kind. Joe is specially trained to seek out soldiers suffering from any number of battle related…

Interdog aggression is a very common problem that I am asked to help with. I am speaking specifically about dogs that live in the same home, not the dog aggressive dog that wants to go after every other dog he sees who does not share the same address. I have known people with multiple dogs that are never allowed to…

AN INTERVIEW WITH VICTORIA STILWELL by John Bell Young Born and raised in Wimbledon, England, Victoria Stilwell is one of the world’s most recognized and respected dog trainers. She is best known for her role as the star of Animal Planet’s hit TV series It’s Me or the Dog, through which she is able to share her insight and passion…

Living with more than one dog can be a rewarding experience. Dogs love the company of other dogs. Knowing how to prevent problems and teaching dogs how to share resources so they do not bully each other, or pester you, is pivotal to having a harmonious multi-dog home. If you regularly let your dogs work it out among themselves, you…

Dixon Correctional Institute inmate Jason Broom, right, leads an excited pit bill named Murphy out of his pen, accompanied by Department of Corrections Sgt. Casey Cooley, the Pen Pals shelter manager (Photo: Travis Spradling/Advocate) …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Finding a positive way to help reshape prisoners and give them direction and focus can be a challenge, but the Dixon Correctional Institute has taken…

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