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.

December 2018 KPA CTP of the Month: Teoti Anderson

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Teoti Anderson, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, Vice President of A Dog’s Best Friend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has provided professional dog-training services for more than 23 years. She shares her own, and Karen Pryor Academy’s (KPA), positive philosophy not just through training, but by authoring books and magazine articles, speaking on the radio and at conferences, and working with rescue and pet-therapy groups.

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.

Give Thanks for Pets

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If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, your focus is probably on the bird—not the dog. But to ensure a happy and stress-free day for both you and your pet, plan ahead for safety on Thanksgiving Day.

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.

November 2018 KPA CTP of the Month: Heather Adams

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Heather Adams, KPA CTP, first discovered Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) through an internet search as she sought help for Sadie, her dog with severe separation anxiety. Now a KPA CTP and the owner of the dog-training business Clever Paws, Heather helps other dogs with behavior issues, often introducing them to the worlds of obedience and agility.