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Clicker Training Basics For Kids and Families

By Joan Orr M.Sc. Clicker training. All the smartest dogs (and cats) in town are talking about it – but what is it exactly? A clicker is a small device that makes clicks when pressed. Pets love the sound because it always precedes a treat. The click is precise, it’s clear, it means the same

Preventing Aggression Over Possessions and Food in Your Puppy

By Joan Orr and Teresa Lewin Many bites to children occur around the food bowl. We are frequently told that the dog growls (but he would never bite of course) when the kids go near him while he’s eating. This situation is easily prevented if the puppy is taught that people approaching the food bowl

Babysitter/Nanny Dog Safety Considerations

By Joan Orr and Teresa Lewin As a dog trainer you are an educational resource for your clients and community. Offering information about safety and dog bite prevention is good for your canine and human clients and your business! Here is a safety topic that is not frequently addressed, but can be important to your

Play Date Checklist – CAPPDT 2016

By Joan Orr and Teresa Lewin When our children want to go and play at a friend’s house, a responsible parent asks some basic questions. For example: will a parent be home? does the family have a pool? is the yard fenced? Rarely does it occur to a parent to ask if the family has

How to Involve Your Child with Your New Puppy – at Any Age

By Joan Orr M.Sc. A new puppy! What fun! The whole family can (and should) be involved with the care and training of the puppy. Kids can help with the puppy under supervision. Clicker training is the best and safest training method for your puppy and your children. For more information and many articles about

Tips for Child and Dog Safety at Holiday Gathering

by Joan Orr and Teresa Lewin Gatherings at a friend or relative’s house are the source of fond holiday memories for many. The family dog may not enjoy these events as much as everyone else. . Changes in routines, crowded rooms, unattended food and excited children can often lead to miscommunication between the family dog

Day Care/Foster Care Checklist

This checklist is intended to help identify potential child safety concerns for parents considering a home-based day care for their child, agencies conducting a safety audit of a home-based day care and for social services agencies conducting a safety audit of a foster home or permanent home for children. The information gained from using this

Babysitter/Nanny Dog Safety Considerations

By Joan Orr and Teresa Lewin As a dog trainer you are an educational resource for your clients and community. Offering information about safety and dog bite prevention is good for your canine and human clients and your business! Here is a safety topic that is not frequently addressed, but can be important to your