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Dog Talk: Protect yourself from potential dog bites

National Dog Bite Prevention week is May 17-23 Each year, a week in May is nominated as ‘National Dog Bite Prevention Week’ sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association, United States Postal Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year the week chosen is May 17th to May 23, 2009. According to a 2007-2008 survey by American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) there are approximately 74 million dogs owned in the United States.  This is a lot...

Can your dog fetch you a drink from the refrigerator?

Dog Talk: Training dogs to perform complicated behaviors Teaching dogs to ‘sit’, ‘down’ or ‘stay’ is straightforward if we understand the basics of how dogs learn. But teaching dogs complicated behaviors that do not come naturally to them, or as a behavior analyst would say ‘they are not in the learner’s current repertoire’, is not a simple procedure. When a behavior cannot be captured, or is too complicated to lure or does not occur naturally which tool do professional dog...