Puppy Socialization – Risky Business?

Behavior issue risk vs health risk – always a touchy subject amongst veterinarians, dog trainers, and dog owners…IMO, education – where classes are specifically designed and geared towards puppy socialization and prevention of behavior issues in a safe, controlled, and managed environment should be a priority with our domesticated dogs…Unfortunately, keeping new pups tucked away at home until they are well past the “prime … Read More

Changing behavior…Who me?

behavior modification |nounthe alteration of behavioral patterns through the use of such learning techniques as biofeedback and positive or negative reinforcement. Why does training your dog have to be such a difficult process? Why why why? Hmmm, well, it doesn’t really. I think as humans we just make it as such…that is our innate behavior, no? ~ Let’s see. Behavior = the way in … Read More

Muttlow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Dr. Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) was a humanistic psychologist. He theorized that human behavior is driven by instinct and desires in order to reach an upper level of capabilities, and that the person does not feel the second need until the demands of the first have been satisfied, nor the third until the second has been satisfied, and so on. The hierarchic theory is often … Read More

Finally, some “Bling” for the humans…or your dog…

For all of those who have spent time at The Inquisitive Canine dog training studio here in Ventura, guess what? I am now offering some “bling bling” for the humans! It’s not all about toys, treats, and bones any longer! Yep, now YOU can find something for yourself too! I am now offering two different, beautiful, and unique custom jewelry lines. One is geared … Read More

Stupid & Cheerful… That’s me.

One of the many things my parents taught me was the old adage “If you have nothing nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.” They also raised me to focus on the better qualities of a person, and of course, don’t judge a book by its cover…especially when the media is involved. I often keep this in mind when I’m asked … Read More

Dogs and Cats Riding in Cars: Please Think Safety First!

Definition of: safety |ˈsāftē|noun 1) the condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury. I remember the first auto-restraint system I was exposed to during my youth… It was my mothers arm hurling across my chest at lightening speed pressing me back towards my seat while she yelled “hold on!” Yep, those were the good ol’ days – no … Read More

How to enhance any relationship?

Besides chocolate? That’s easy – through clear communication and realistic expectations! Then what are some great ways to build a solid relationship? Being a great communicator. Which means, communicating in a language the other person or animal understands – remember, with dogs their first language is body language – so be aware of what your body language is saying, not what is coming out … Read More

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