Dog Saves Valentine’s Day

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Dogs make the best Valentines—today and every day! They love unconditionally, are faithful and unselfishly devoted, and can always make you smile! In this video, Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) faculty member Shelly Brouwer tells the story of how her dog Bert saved Valentine’s Day!

What it Means to Be a KPA CTP: Michelle Mullins

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Michelle Mullins is the owner of and Director of Training at Honest To Dog, LLC. She provides private, in-home training, focusing on vet/grooming tasks as well as on reactive and aggressive dogs. Michelle is also an animal handler on photo and video sets! Her emphasis is always on the dog’s emotional experience. Since completing the KPA Dog Trainer Professional program in X, Michelle has worked even more steadily at her mission to show that “education is the best way to promote change.” In this interview, we ask Michelle what it means to her to be a KPA CTP.

The Shaping Game

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Does your dog know how to pay attention to you? When your dog is focused on listening to you, training will be more successful! In this video, Karen Pryor Academy faculty member Debbie Martin shows you how to get your puppy’s attention by teaching him to look at you.

Teach Your Dog Directionals

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Does your dog know how to pay attention to you? When your dog is focused on listening to you, training will be more successful! In this video, Karen Pryor Academy faculty member Debbie Martin shows you how to get your puppy’s attention by teaching him to look at you.

Teach Your Dog to Target

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January is National Train Your Dog Month, a time to celebrate the joy of training. Enjoy a healthy relationship with your dog in the new year! One of the most important foundation behaviors you can teach your dog is to target. Targeting is easy to teach and, when trained correctly, it can become the foundation for training many different behaviors. When the dog will freely follow the stick, you can teach many useful skills, such as getting into a car, onto a grooming table, over jumps, or into the correct position for gaiting or stacking, by targeting those locations. You can even teach advanced skills such as closing a door, turning a light switch on and off, and retrieving objects by name.

In this video, Karen Pryor Academy’s Executive Vice President of Training, Ken Ramirez, demonstrates how to get started teaching your dog this important and versatile skill!

Your Cat Can Do WHAT?

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The cat: independent, strong-willed, often aloof. Not exactly training material, right? Surprise surprise: clicker training blows the roof off of many preconceptions—and the oxymoron of a trained cat is one of them.
It turns out that your cat’s intelligence (and fondness for a morsel of something delicious) makes him a quick study. Your cat will amaze you with the things he can learn to do—and you’ll be amazed by his willingness to do them. Clicker training will entertain the both of you, deepen your relationship, and even help prevent common behavior problems. In this video, you’ll get a glimpse of some of the amazing behaviors that you can teach your cat.

The ABCs of Barking

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Barking happens for a reason. Sounds obvious, right? It didn’t always, according to applied ethologist Julie Hecht, writing in the spring 2013 issue of The Bark. At the turn of the century, barking was widely thought to be “simply an item on a dog’s daily checklist: ‘Take a walk, have breakfast, bark.'” Nowadays there’s a small but growing body of research …