Scenting Part 2: Putting Your Big Human Brain on Hold

Categories: Behavior & Training
I currently have a flock of eager students who are anticipating their first ORT (Odor Recognition Test) this fall. All of them have been with me since foundation classes, tossing meaty treats in boxes, and now they are fine tuning the look of a Trained Formal Response on birch, anise and clove. They have learned …

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Scenting and Shelter Dogs; Doing What Comes Naturally

Categories: Behavior & Training
What do the following titles “Little and Proud,” “The Girls Have It,” “Four Queens and a King,” and “Handler, Who Needs a Handler?” have in common? If you guessed it, then you clearly follow the antics of the Shelter Scents Team as headed and documented by Burt Greenspan. Burt, Donna Kalal and Peter Ornstein run …

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Can dogs predict the future?

Categories: Behavior & Training
Yes – at times. The next time our family pooches start behaving in an agitated way for no good reason that we can see, we may want to check our disaster survival supplies – water, first-aid kit, essential medications, spare clothes, cash money, and the rest of what we need to cope with the Big …

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Behavior Puzzles

Categories: Behavior & Training
Happy New Year! Working with animals is both easier and more difficult than working with people, mostly depending on how you feel about people. But, that is another story. Animals are wonderful because they are always thrilled to see you, despite the fact you only walked into the living room and back, and their idea …

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On Dogs and Flies

Categories: Behavior & Training
My dog Velo is sensitive. Mind, he is much more sensitive about events happening to him than about capers he perpetrates on others. But let’s talk about that later. Suffice it to say, Velo is sensitive. I should mention that Velo is a Border Collie/Whippet cross. Many of you are wincing. You are folks who …

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