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DOG TRAINERS! Words Matter – Question The Use of Fur Baby and Pet Parent

The first few times I heard someone refer to a dog as a ‘fur baby’ or themselves as a ‘pet-parent’ I found myself scrutinizing the person for signs of mental illness. It seemed such an odd thing to say. I then remembered quite a few years earlier, someone sending me a letter, taking me to …

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Companion Dog Training Should Be Different

This is an excerpt from a free booklet (What Are The Different (and best) Puppy and Dog Training Methods) I put together for people considering the best approach to training their companion dogs. The purpose of the chapter was to demonstrate that when looking for the right type of dog training and dog trainer it’s …

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I Debate Claire Staines, an ‘All Positive/Force-Free’ UK based Dog Trainer

Background I posted on my Facebook page this short video as an encouragement to read a column I had written all positive and harnesses and received a comment from an ‘All Positive/Force-Free’ trainer named Claire Staines. I invited her to debate. The link to the article referred to is here: https://www.askthedogguy.com/harnesses-all-positive-dog-training/ Below is as much …

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Name Calling and Shunning

I read a blog post today in which psychology professor Robert Sutton at Stanford University was quoted from his book as advocating shunning in an academic setting. The book “The Asshole Survival Guide”. For reasons I’ll elaborate on shortly, I can’t say I’m tempted to read it. It did get me thinking about dog training …

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Fur Baby and Pet Parents

This column is a response to a comment made on one of my other columns where I was taken to task for what was described as “The contempt you seemingly have for the “fur baby” type is offensive.” You can find the column and the comment here – https://www.askthedogguy.com/second_dog_good_idea_or_not/. I don’t think you need to read …

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Breed Banning – Should Rottweilers, Not Just Pit Bulls Be Banned?

I recently read an article by Beth Clifton in Animals 24-7 titled “The Rottweilers In My Life” in which she reflects on her experiences with the four Rottweilers she has either owned or lived with and concludes that “keeping a Rottweiler is not worth the risk, trials, and tribulations that come with the dog” and …

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