Teach Your Old Dog New Tricks

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Chances are that when your dog was younger, you spent many hours training new behaviors like spinning, jumping, bowing, and more. Now that your dog is a senior and slowing down physically, he may not be able to do some of the same behaviors he used to. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop training. Just like people, dogs need to exercise both physically and mentally in order to age gracefully. In this video, Karen Pryor Academy faculty member Laurie Luck demonstrates a simple but fun game you can play with your senior dog—or with a dog of any age—using a simple Solo cup!

Simple Strategy for a Stress-Free Vet Visit

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Visiting the veterinarian’s office can be a stressful experience, for both pet owners and their pets. Teaching a dog simple behaviors, such as hand targeting, ahead of time gives the dog a job to do and provides something positive to focus on at a veterinary examination. It also lets the vet examine the dog without having to restrain or manipulate him into certain positions.

Teach a Puppy to Enjoy a Muzzle

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Being very comfortable wearing an appropriate and well-fitted muzzle is a good training goal for any dog—particularly in situations where the dog may become worried or uncomfortable (think vet visits!). However, if a dog has never worn a muzzle or been made to feel comfortable with one, having one placed on her face abruptly could cause her to feel even more fearful. Teach your (or your clients’ ) dog to love her muzzle by developing a positive association with it. In this video, the trainer is teaching the puppy that sticking his snout in the muzzle means cheese!

Teach Your Cat to Target

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Targeting, where an animal touches an object with her nose or paw, is not just a useful behavior for dogs—it can be a very useful and fun behavior for cats, too! A target can be used to lead a cat to a particular spot (such as an exam table), can help shelter cats become more friendly and adoptable, and can serve as the foundation for many tricks—such as jumping through a hoop, spinning, or rolling over. Watch target training in action in this video, and learn more about cat training in Karen Pryor Academy’s Train Your Cat course!

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.

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.