BARKS Blog

BARKS Blog

BARKS Blog

The Challenge of Breed Discrimination

By Kym Iffert      It was finally a beautiful day in Chicago so I grabbed my bag, my leash, a pocket full of treats and tennis ball and set out for a walk. The neighbors were out and it was the ...

The Click Starts the Behavior

By Yvette Van Veen   A common expression used in clicker training is that the click “ends the behavior.” Rarely do we stop to think what this really means but it bears closer examination. Typically, ...

Thunder, Lightning and Barometric Pressure

By Carolyn Kocman   Owners and caretakers can almost always recognize phobia related behaviors. Shaking, drooling, panting, restlessness, pacing, clinging to owners and hiding are all fairly overt and ...

Building the ‘Super Learner’

By Kate Mallatratt   One of my behavior colleagues posed a very interesting question recently, “If you always set your dog up for success and aim for errorless learning, are you not stunting your dog’s ...

Pups and the Power of Positive Touch

  Don't you just love being able to have that closeness with your dog? The snuggling in, the mutual touch, and just really enjoying each other's affection? But sadly it's not always like this. Not all dogs enjoy or are ...

Introducing Cats: Slowly Does It

By Patience Fisher   There are many challenges for shelters in finding adoptive homes for cats. As an adoption counselor, I always found it disheartening to have a cat returned to the shelter for not ...

The Topic of Microaggressions for Identification and Educational Purposes!

Introduction

To some degree we are all products of cultural conditioning that instills within us biases and prejudices that can impregnate our behavior towards others. The term and concept microaggressions was first ...

Exotic Animals and Shelter Awareness

By Lara Joseph   As animal trainers and behavior consultants, our work can appear very appealing to pet owners and those who work with and take care of animals. What we demonstrate in our training is a ...

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