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Dog's Eye View: Working on your ABCs

Teaching, training and learning are lifelong endeavors for us all. Our canine companions need continuing education.

Dog's Eye View: Search for perfection

Lately, it seems, we’re hearing a lot of people saying they want their dog to be perfect, which can mean different things to different people, but I find myself cringing a bit when I hear it.

Dog's Eye View: In the eye of the beholder

Have you ever stopped to really think about the many roles your pet plays in your life? What things does she do that you’ve not seen other animals do? What spot does she fill that no other one can fill? Have you grown personally as a result of being the steward of her life?

Dog's Eye View: Merry Christmas to all

A Christmas message from columnist and dog lover Laura Tyler.

Dog's Eye View: Puppies are for life, not just for Christmas

A living, breathing being is not a gift. It’s a responsibility and a commitment. Adding a furry family member to your household requires much planning. It’s a life-changing experience and should be cherished and nurtured.

Dog's Eye View: Lots of good reading out there

I had originally thought to write this article about the new and myriad dog toys on the market now. However, Christmas always makes me feel like wrapping up in a quilt near the wood stove and reading a book.

Dog's Eye View: The dog trainer's song

For some reason, the catchy melody and easy-to-remember words of this song have stayed with me since early childhood, when I watched television on our bulky black-and-white TV. Maybe the words just made sense to me. The song is titled “Accentuate The Positive,” and here are the words to the first verse: “Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. Latch on to the affirmative. and don’t mess with Mr. In-between.”

Dog's Eye View: Your attention, please

When teaching our companion dog new behaviors, we often start mid-sentence by saying what we want them to do before we ask for their attention. In our classes and consultations, one of the first things we teach the dog is what his name actually means.

Dog's Eye View: A once in a lifetime dog

Having a “once in a lifetime” doesn’t mean that no work is involved or that no effort has to be put forth.

Dog's Eye View: You had me at "woof"

An understanding of the ancient history of where dogs came from is important, but it’s really more about how humans genetically influenced the different breeds to perform specific tasks.

Dog's Eye View: Ding, dong — trick-or-treat!

Trick-or-treat on Halloween, that very special night full of ghouls and goodies, follows the behavioral principles of the science of consequences. What does this have to do with dogs? Everything.

Dog's Eye View: Training, learning never end

I am in the process of recertifying for my Certified Professional Dog Trainer/Knowledge Assessed credentials. It occurred to me it might be of interest to know what it means to earn this certification as well as what it takes to maintain it.

Dog's Eye View: The magic of management

One of the easiest ways to change your dog’s behavior is to take a look at how you manage his environment. All too often, we can’t see past the bad behavior to glimpse how management might help.

Dog's Eye View: Mistaken identity — my dog will only do what I say if I have food in my hand

Often, new novice trainers are drawn into the notion that their dog will only do what they ask if they have food in their hand. But it’s not the food; it’s the timing and presentation of the reinforcement.

Dog's Eye View: The danger of making assumptions

Making assumptions with regard to canine behavior can be a dangerous proposition.