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Editor's Pick

The Dark Side of Dog Training and Pet Care

© Can Stock Photo/Quasarphoto

Dog training and pet care professionals, and indeed, pet owners themselves, need to be aware that in many countries, states and counties, laws are woefully inadequate to protect the lives of dogs, or protect them from blatant neglect or abuse when they are in the care of trainers, boarding, day care, or any other type of pet care environment. Where such laws do exist, they are often weak, poorly written and/or not well-enforced, leaving gaping loopholes for perpetrators of animal-related crimes. And sadly, all too often in the media, one reads about a dog who died while at the groomer, or at a board and train facility, or many other such horror stories. Read more.

Featured Article from the July 2018 Issue

Positive Associations

© Debbie Bauer

When teaching blind and deaf puppies, it is always a fine line between empowering them and building their confidence, while also protecting them from getting hurt. Just like any other puppy, one less than ideal experience can imprint on them and affect how they will feel about and respond to that experience in the future. This required that I take extra steps to protect them. I had to think ahead in every circumstance and set them up for absolute safety in their exploration. Even giving them freedom to run in a safe area required some planning – were there trees they could run into? Bushes with low branches that could poke their eyes? Holes or drop-offs they might fall into?...Protection is key, without going overboard. They still need to explore and be puppies. If I had babied my foster pups and not let them have the same experiences as other puppies, their world would remain much smaller and perhaps scarier. Setting them up for success raised their confidence in themselves and their trust in me and their environment. Read more.