Puppy Socialization: Exploring New Surfaces

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The first four months a puppy’s life are the most influential. Most of what is learned during this early period becomes the foundation for adult behavior patterns. To decrease the possibility of behavior problems, including fear, anxiety, and aggression, puppies should be exposed to as many people, places, and things as possible during this critical period—in a fun and positive way. Exposures include new surfaces and textures, too! In this video, KPA faculty member Debbie Martin demonstrates how to make exposure to new surfaces enjoyable and rewarding.

Choosing the Paws-itively Perfect Toy for Your Dog

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‘Tis the season for finding that perfect gift for those we love, and for many of us that includes the special furry family member in our lives! There is nothing more joyous for dog owners than to see their dog’s excitement and joy as they enjoy a special new toy. But with so many choices, how do you choose a toy that your dog will love and won’t end up gathering dust at the bottom of the toy basket? A dog’s toy preference depends on her personal style of play. Here, Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Faculty Member Laurie Luck offers these suggestions for finding your dog’s play preferences and choosing the perfect toy.

Thanksgiving Feast—in a KONG!

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Holidays are fun to celebrate with furry family members, but the abundance of guests, commotion, and food can be challenging for you and your dog. A KONG toy is a fantastic way to keep your dog relaxed and occupied during the holiday madness—or any time your dog needs a long-lasting treat.

Define Positive for Me…

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A recent article in the Psychology Today e-magazine discusses the challenge of finding true positive reinforcement animal training. Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) is cited as a reliable source of positive training, a “well-respected organization” with “trustworthy trainers.” The article’s author, a pet owner and veterinarian in Virginia, points out that simply seeing “catch phrases” about being positive is no guarantee …

Interview With Lindsay Wood Brown

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Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) faculty member Lindsay Wood Brown will lead a KPA Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program in Richmond, Virginia (application deadline 8/23/18), and Murfreesboro, Tennesee
(application deadline 10/30/18). Learn more about the DTP program!

In this interview, Lindsay shares highlights from her own training career.

Interview With Helix Fairweather

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Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) faculty member Helix Fairweather will lead a KPA Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program in Portland, Oregon (application deadline 8/30/2018). Learn more about the DTP program
or apply to this course in Portland.

In this interview, Helix shares highlights from her own training career.Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) faculty member Helix Fairweather will lead a KPA Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program in Portland, Oregon (application deadline 8/30/2018). Learn more about the DTP program
or apply to this course in Portland.

In this interview, Helix shares highlights from her own training career.