Home Alone – how to reduce your dog’s boredom

Home Alone Boredom is possibly the number one cause of behavior problems in the house.  Dogs are notorious for getting into all sorts of mischief as soon as their human family has left for the day.  And can you blame them?  Would you enjoy hanging around the house all day, every day, with nothing to […]

Breed Profiling: a good thing?

It’s the new animal version of racism: terriers are all hyper and barky, small dogs bite, pit bulls are scary, and on and on.  And we’ve probably all heard that large dogs are prone to hip issues and barrel-chested dogs are more susceptible to bloat.  But maybe in a medical sense breed profiling could be […]

Puppy Biting and Mouthing

Yeah, they have needle teeth, I know.  But, it’s normal and even beneficial (seriously!) to have a puppy who mouths you.  Unfortunately for your hands and clothes… Puppies play-bite because that’s how they interact naturally with other dogs with whom they’d like to play.  When they grab you with those little needle teeth, they’re simply […]

How dogs drink

How dogs drink So this is how it works!  Click! here!

New research proves parrot chicks learn their names from parents

What’s in a name? Ask your parrot!  Up until about a month ago, it was thought that only humans, dolphins, and some songbirds use certain calls which distinguish different individuals within a social group. Now, research shows that “all wild parrots use unique “contact calls” that not only distinguish each bird individually, but also communicate […]

AKC CGC Test Sat. Aug. 6 @ 11AM!

AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test If you’ve already done basic training with your dog, and you’ve ever toyed with the idea of doing therapy work, or just want to mark a milestone in your dog’s progress, then you need a CGC test! This is a standardized evaluation sanctioned by the American Kennel Club which […]

Pet your parrot properly

Don’t get to 2nd base with your bird! I know it sounds obvious, but it’s not. Probably 90% of the parrot behavior problems I address are due to hormonal behavior, often stimulated by their owner petting and cuddling them like a dog.  Cockatoos are especially susceptible because of their love of touch.  Improperly touching your […]

The 5 most dangerous types of dog

Be alert; they’re out there.  I know for a fact we have many of these in our own community.  If you own one of these dogs, please call me for help – we can make your dog much safer with training.  Click here for more information.

Training Tidbit for July: Contrafreeloading

I didn’t just make that word up, I swear!  It’s a real term: Researchers have coined the term contrafreeloading to describe the phenomenon that animals choose to perform a learned response to obtain reinforcers even when the same reinforcers are freely available. For example, given a choice between working for food and obtaining food for […]

Language in parrots and babies

Uncovering the mysteries of language using parrots and babies Prosidy: A linguist’s term for “the rhythm, stress, and intonation of speech … reflecting the emotional state of the speaker; the form of the utterance (statement, question, or command); the presence of irony or sarcasm; emphasis, contrast, and focus; or other elements of language that may […]

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