Fur Babies, From Wolf to Child

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What happens when we forget to love the dog because we are too busy loving the “person?”

An exploration of humans parenting animals and what that means to today’s canine companions. Is it “good” for them, or harmful?

Live Online: May 8th at 5pm PST / 8pm EST (to be recorded and available as a recording after the lecture)

Recent data suggests that many modern humans are applying natural parenting strategies to the animals in their homes, especially dogs. This webinar seeks to explain this phenomenon through the evolutionary and psychological forces on both species. Scientific literature, along with anecdotes about people and their “fur kids,” will be presented. There will also be a discussion about the positive and negative effects of this trend on the physical and mental well-being of the dogs, with information on how pet professionals can help owners meet the needs of their canine “children.” is it healthy for the humans and the dogs to think of dogs as child substitutes will be covered.

Speaker:  Shelly Volsche, CPDT-KA, DipCFN

Attendees can expect to learn:

  • The most commonly discussed models of dog domestication
  • A cross-cultural look at humans “parenting” animals
  • The basics of attachment from an evolutionary perspective
  • How canine “parenting” may fulfill the needs of the client and dog
  • How to use that attachment to improve the human-canine bond


Cost: $25.00
Dogs as Child Substitutes


Treating Canine Behavior Problems with Medication

Feature_FriedmanTreating Canine Behavior Problems with Medication:  The what, when, why and how

This lecture on treating canine behavior problems with medication will give an overview of how to choose which cases need or would benefit from pharmacological intervention.  The session will also cover common medications, their uses, combinations, and common side effects.

Speaker:  Lore I. Haug, DVM, MS, DACVB, CPDT, CABC

Description: Psychoactive drug use in animals for behavior problems is often poorly understood by the public.  There are a variety of misconceptions about the effects the medications will achieve. Additionally, owners and other individuals may feel that medications will change their pet’s personality or make the animal appear sluggish and “stoned.”   There is also the misconception that conventional drug therapy is riskier than using “natural” products such as herbs and supplements.

This lecture will discuss three categories of cases:  1) those were medication is not indicated, 2) those where medication may clearly be beneficial but not crucial, and 3) those where medication should be an integral part of the therapy.  Case examples will be used to aid in illustrating some of the behavioral and physiologic symptoms used for categorizing patients.

Attendees will learn:

  • “Levels” of cases and their indication, or lack of, for addition of psychotropic medication — this will include patient factors as well as owner factors
  • common general indications for use of medications
  • common side effects or contraindications for classes of medications
  • Monitoring criteria and procedures for switching or weaning off medications
  • Tips for counseling clients on the advantages and disadvantages of medications

Due to the time limitation of the lecture, this session will not cover characteristics of individual medications in any detail.

To be presented Live online and then available as a recording.

Live Webinar: March 13th 2014
  8pm EST / 5pm PST

Cost: $25.00
Solving Separation Anxiety

2.0 CCPDT, IAABC and NADOI CEUs available.


Solving Separation Anxiety

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Purpose: Treatments for separation anxiety issues in dogs are done in a vague manner by both dog trainers and veterinarians. This course works to empower the student with options and information to more specifically treat separation anxiety issues in dogs without the use of pharmaceuticals.

Prerequisites: A background in basic training for dogs using positive techniques is a minimum requirement.

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are excited to announce that the “required” DVD for the class has received a nomination for an award in the DWAA contest. Other Media:DVD: Hi-Caliber Books-”Separation Anxiety, a Weekend Technique”

Instructor:  Peggy O. Swagger

Course Length: This course runs 9 sessions (lessons).

Description: The course offers information to help accurately identify and treat separation anxiety. Several techniques for solving this issue are given in detail as well as how to select the correct technique for the level and kind of separation anxiety issue displayed by dog. The course presentation is a combination of lecture, photo illustrations, and video material. The student is required to watch the DVD Separation Anxiety, a Weekend Technique. There are tests at the end of each of the nine lessons as well as a final exam.

What you can expect to learn from this Course:sa_cover_160x160

  • A new technique for severe separation anxiety.
  • How to more accurately identify separation anxiety as opposed to other behaviors which display similar issues.
  • How to identify the level of separation anxiety a dog is suffering.
  • Several techniques for dealing with separation anxiety in a dog.
  • How to choose which technique to use when working to resolve separation anxiety.
  • How to modify techniques to ensure success.

CEU Status:

Course Fee  -

NOTE: All students MUST purchase the DVD or the Course + VOD to take this course  (see below). The student will benefit from watching the DVD prior to taking the course as well as reviewing the video in specific cued places while taking the course. In other words, you must have access to either the DVD or the VOD (VOD=the DVD uploaded as a streaming video…instantly accessible f0r 12 months).

Options to purchase:

Buy Course + VOD: $115
Solving Separation Anxiety

Buy Course only (for those who already have the DVD): $100
Solving Separation Anxiety

Buy Video OnDemand (VOD) only: $25.00
Solving Separation Anxiety

Buy DVD only: $19.95 (Click HERE)


Student Information:

Access to this course will expire in 3 months. Therefore, you have 3 months to complete this course from the date of registration.
You will have unlimited access to the VOD for one year.

Download Flash Player for free. 98% of computers worldwide already have Flash.

You must also read and agree to the E-Training for Dogs, Inc. Standard Terms and Conditions prior to taking a course: Click HERE to read these. You will be asked when you register if you have read them and will not be allowed to take the course if you do not agree to the terms.

Keeping Your Dog Safe and Healthy in the Winter

BorderCollies_Black-BrownKeeping Your Dog Safe in Winter

It’s that time of year again in some parts of the world, where the temperature plummets and frozen white snow falls from the sky. Yes, this is the season where humans bundle up in warm clothes to go outside, but what about your animal companions. Although many people think that their dogs are resistant to the falling temperatures, there are definitely some precautions to take and some ways in which you can ensure you are keeping your dog safe in winter and that your pet is comfortable in the winter months.

Burns Can Happen

In the colder months when you have the heat on in your home, candles lit, and possibly small space heater, the risk of burns for your pet heightens substantially. Candles have an open flame and can also cause fire if they are knocked over by an unknowing pet. The best practice is to make sure that any lit candles are placed out of the reach of pets. In the case of heaters, if they heat up you will need to keep your pets away from them otherwise it could lead to a burnt nose or paw.

Monitor The Amount Of Time Your Pet Spends Outdoors

When the temperature drops into the negatives; it is necessary to monitor the amount of time that your pet spends out in the subzero weather. Much in the same way that humans can get frostbite and hypothermia, many animals are also able to get it. When the temperatures are hitting extreme lows it is best to allow your pet to be indoors where they are warm and safe; however, if your pet will be outdoors for a period of time, you need to provide accommodations for them. You will want to provide shelter that will keep them safe from wind, snow and other weather elements. Inside the shelter you will want some straw or blankets in order to keep your furry companion snuggly and warm. Avoid using heating devices as they are fire and burn hazards for your pet. There are however, some pet stores that sell heated mats made for use in pet shelters. These can be a great option for providing a little extra warmth. Another consideration is that your pet will need water that can be obtained easily. Snow and ice are not sufficient water sources for your canine, so you may want to consider an insulated or heated bowl that will prevent freezing.

Salt And Deicers Used On Sidewalks Can Cause Problems For Your Pet

The various methods that people use to deice and clear their sidewalks in the winter can really take a toll on your pets’ paws. After taking your animal for a walk, you will want to clean their paws with warm water in order to prevent cracking which causes very sore paws. A build up of hard packed snow and ice can also be problematic. For this reason you may want to consider a protective bootie for your pet.

Be Aware Of The Dangers In Your Home

Just as you would protect your children from the fluids and solutions around your home that shouldn’t be ingested, you also need to pay attention to your pets. Antifreeze is one thing commonly found around the home, especially during the colder weather that is a lethal cocktail if consumed. For this reason you need to be certain that it is stored out of reach and any spills are cleaned up promptly.

Different seasons present different perils for your pets. In order to be a good pet owner you need to provide dog food and cat food that is nutritious, water that is fresh, and be aware of the different ways to keep your pet safe year round. The above are some considerations to keep in mind so that you can keep your pet thriving right through to spring.

This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and a full time pet lover. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga.  If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.

Horse Care Basics for Pet-Sitters and Enthusiasts

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Purpose: To educate the pet sitter on horse care basics and to familiarize them with horse terminology and body language.

Course Info: This course focuses on day-to-day horse care basics and maintenance. Included is horse handling, feeding (grain, hay), watering, taking temperature, checking pulse, walking a horse, turn outs, stall mucking, what to look for in a healthy horse, and identifying a sick horse.

Prerequisites: Ability to ride and handle a horse is recommended.

Successful completion of this course will result in a Certificate for your Pet-Sitting Portfolio. You will have to pass 6 quizzes with at least 80% correct. You will be required to write an informal report highlighting your experience with horses. If you have no experience with horses, you will be required to “get some” to pass this course. You MUST have hands on experience with horses to be able to say you can care for someone elses’ horse.

Instructor: “Mustang” Sally Kazanis

Course Length: 6 sessions

What you can expect to learn from this Course:

  • Understanding basic horse care
  • Simple terminology
  • Identifying the parts of a horse
  • Haltering, walking and releasing a horse
  • Importance of safety
  • Grooming
  • Stall mucking
  • Identifying a Healthy vs sick horse

Cost: $95.00

Student Information: Access to this course will expire in 3 months. Therefore, you have 3 months to complete this course from the date of registration. Download Flash Player for free. 98% of computers worldwide already have Flash. You must also read and agree to the E-Training for Dogs, Inc. Standard Terms and Conditions prior to taking a course: Click HERE to read these. You will be asked when you register if you have read them and will not be allowed to take the course if you do not agree to the terms.

Grooming Your Own Dog: DIY Grooming for Man’s Best Friend

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Why is grooming important?

Finding a dog to become a new friend or part of your family is the easy part. However, dogs, like humans, need more than just their daily walk and a bit of attention when we feel like giving it. Grooming your own dog is an important part of the relationship between owners and their dogs. The following will briefly highlight some of the forms of grooming and provide some short tips on how on how to keep your dog looking nice and healthy. The time you dedicate to grooming your four-legged friend can bring you closer, and save you spending money on expensive private groomers.

Invest in a grooming kit

There are different ways to help your dog maintain its hygiene. Before you can do anything however, you have to equip yourself with few tools. Don’t be overwhelmed. Of course, there are hundreds of clippers, combs, brushes, scissors, shampoos and even more specialized pieces of equipment out there. Starting with a grooming kit is the best way to introduce yourself to the tools of grooming. When it comes to choosing a kit, it can be wiser to invest a little bit more money for more durable tools. Sometimes we are inclined to buy cheaper tools and replace them when they break. Investing in good grooming kit at the beginning can save you time and money in the long term. There are different grooming kits available for different kinds of dogs with individual needs. Make sure you inform yourself as to which grooming kit will serve your dog best, and don’t be afraid to ask for help before purchasing.

Find a suitable grooming space

Grooming can sometimes be a messy business. For smaller dogs, grooming is easiest on top of an old table (make sure to cover it beforehand to avoid any scratches on the table surface). On the other hand, the only possibility for larger and heavier dogs is to groom them on the ground. Designate a space in a room or area easy that will be easy to clean afterwards. The practice would be to prepare all the necessary tools before you start grooming, so that they can be in easy reach of your hand. Needless breaks could confuse your dog and prompt it to move.

Regular Brushing

Dog grooming doesn’t just mean keeping an eye on the length of your dog’s hair. Keeping hair in good condition by removing dirt, helping the spread of natural oils in the coat and preventing skin irritation and matting goes a long way to keeping your dog looking and feeling its best. Not only can regularly using a brush or comb be relaxing and soothing for both you and your dog, it provides an excellent opportunity to check for fleas while your dog is nice and calm. Make sure to think about the individual needs of your dog when it comes to using appropriate brushes.

Have a bathing strategy

After grooming, most of us want to give our dog a nice bath, and it is good to get your dog used to baths from young age. Smaller dogs can often fit into even a smaller sink, while larger dogs require a more substantial bathing space, typically a larger bath. As with grooming, preparing things for the bath beforehand is best. You should definitely avoid using human shampoo, but opt rather for specialized dog shampoos for optimal pH balance. While in the bath, it is useful to use a facecloth, especially around the airs, to remove any dirt from the face. Always bathe the dog from head to body, moving water away from the face as it gets dirtier, to avoid any skin irritations.

Nail clipping as a part of grooming

As well as cutting, shaving or trimming hair, and bathing your dog, clipping their toenails is another important aspect of grooming. However, be sure to be extra careful when clipping nails. Use appropriate sized clippers and make sure not to press them to close to the skin, or too hard.

Dental care

Taking care of your dogs teeth is one the most important part of maintaining its hygiene. Begin by getting your dog used to the taste of toothpaste, but applying small amounts to your finger, and getting your dog to lick it off. The next step is to get your dog used to the feel of a brush against its teeth; go slowly with this, and be firm but gentle. Start gradually by brushing only a few teeth until the dog gets used to the process. Finally, you can clean your dog’s teeth thoroughly by brushing tooth by tooth.

Treat your dog!

Making every grooming session fun and relaxed for your dog should always be a top priority. Being touched and handled, including in sensitive areas around the ears, tail and belly, can be challenging at first – especially if your dog is the excitable type. Make sure to praise your dog after a grooming session, and even offer a treat when it’s all over! You and your dog will benefit from grooming your own dog.

This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and a full time pet lover. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.


NADOI Approved Courses for CEUs

Maintain your NADOI Certification

To find the NADOI page with these courses on it, go to http://www.nadoi.org/  Look under “Events” and then “NADOI Accredited Events”

NADOI Accredited Events at E-Training for Dogs:

Curriculum Development: The FIRST Step in Dog Training – 1 NADOI CEU

First Aid and CPR – 9 NADOI CEUs

Ethics for Dog Trainers – 1.5 NADOI CEUs

Marketing Your Dog Training Business - 1.5 NADOI CEUs



Rally Basics (AKC) – 6 NADOI CEUs

S.A.N.E. Solutions for Challenging Dog Behavior®  – 8 NADOI CEUs

Teaching Canine Scent Work – 6 NADOI CEUs

NOTE: NADOI members, if there are other courses you wish to take and they do not have NADOI CEUs, please email me and request I submit an application for CEUs to the NADOI. cheryl@e-training fordogs.com.

Best of Pet Friends: How to Introduce Your Puppy to Your Cat (or Kitten to Your Dog)

Almost nothing is more exciting for a family than adding a new pet to the household. However, adjustment to a new pet is not always an easy process – especially if your family already owns a pet. Sometimes, pets can show hostility or aggression towards one another, leaving the owner feeling relatively helpless, and eager to resolve the tension between his or her pets. However, there are some key steps to take early on in terms of facilitating a friendship between your cat and dog. By being clear about boundaries and by displaying equal love for all of the animals under your roof, you will be able to set your pets up for a lifetime of friendship and companionship.

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Canine-Feline Tensions: Where Do the Jealousies Come from?

Most cats are upset by the addition of a new pet to a household, whether it be another kitten, a puppy, or another animal. This hostility is driven by a cat’s innate sensitive personality, as these pets are especially keen on sensing favouritism for other animals. Dogs tend to be friendlier towards kittens and other pets, but sometimes poor relationships can form during the first few weeks of pets getting acquainted with one another. Pets in general do not like to share food, toys, or litter boxes with one another, as they like to feel in control of their own space. Cats tend to demonstrate a heightened need for personal space and caring attention to remain happy, yet dogs deserve just as much attention and care as their feline friends in order to develop healthy relationships with people and other animals.

Serving as an Observant Owner: How to Facilitate Friendship Between Your Cat and Dog

One of the best ways to prevent hostility between your pets is to carefully observe and document their behaviours with one another. Does one pet have a tendency to physically attack the other? Are there any threats, made through hissing, barking, meowing, or arched postures, that are made by one pet to intimidate the other? The most troubled pet relationships are the ones that are not monitored properly by the owner, since ignoring the problem simply allows it to continue to escalate, as it sends a message to your pets that this kind of aggressive behaviour is permissible under your roof.

Keep a record of these instances in a small journal, which is a practice that will help you to pick out patterns to report to a veterinarian if the tensions persist. Flowing these dangerous behaviours and understanding the situations in which they most likely occur is one of your key responsibilities as a pet owner. Remember that any atypical behaviour by one of your pets may be the result of a developing medical condition, which can lead to outbursts or impatience in your pet as the symptoms get worse. Of course, if any scratching, biting, or other injury occurs, be sure to bring both pets to the veterinarian to be checked for infection or transmission of parasites or disease.

Remember, however, that there is a big difference between mean-spirited aggression and play aggression – the former being dangerous for your pets as they become hostile and violent  with one another, the latter as a necessary relatively safe behaviour that is crucial in helping your pets develop a friendship with one another. Play aggression is fun for pets extremely healthy, as it helps pets to maintain a strong emotional sense of well-being, allows them to learn how to set boundaries, and provides a medium that creates a long-lasting, positive bond between the animals. However, it can be extremely difficult to tell the difference between mean-spirited aggression and play aggression. For more information on how to recognize the difference, speak to a specialist at your local veterinary hospital who can indicate what to look for so that you can effectively monitor your pets’ budding friendship.

Separate Spaces, Equal Attention: Making Sure Each Pet Feels Loved – So That They Don’t Hate Each Other

Dividing your attention between two pets can be an extremely daunting task, especially since most family members and friends will be especially excited to meet the new addition to your household. Your older pet can certainly sense this excitement, and can feel rejected or ignored, leading to lashing out against the pet or the owner in the future. This can be mitigated by ensuring each pet feels that they have equal attention and space in your home. For example, separate bowls of pet food should be provided for each animal, and they should be located in separate areas with plenty of space in between them so that one pet cannot prevent the other from eating by blocking the food. Each pet should have its own bed, where it can comfortably relax without competition from the other pet. Furthermore, family members should take extra time to play with and cuddle each pet separately, so that both pets feel included and welcomed as part of the family.

This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and a full time pet lover. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.

Newly Revised: CPDT-KA Exam Study Course

CPDT-KA Exam Study Course

Guest Blogger: Shelly Volsche

CPDT-KA Exam Study Course

Dog training has long been a self-regulated industry. There are very few local licensing and regulatory requirements, and even fewer national standards. In response to this, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) formed in 2001. Their goal was twofold 1) to create a national certification and standardization norm for trainers, and 2) to provide owners with a way to identify trainers who have made a commitment to continued education, humane methods and adherence to a code of ethics.

The first certification exam for trainers was held September 28, 2001. Since then, biannual exam periods have certified a growing number of committed trainers. Over the past 5 years, the CCPDT has created additional examinations: a skills based assessment for trainers, a computerized knowledge test for canine behavior consultants, and a skills based assessment for canine behavior consultants.

The past 5 years have also seen a change in the Certified Professional Dog Trainer knowledge assessment. As trainers taking and passing this exam obtain the certification of Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), it was important to the organization that the exam receive an overhaul to reflect recent research in the sciences of learning theory and ethology, as well as updated information on husbandry, instructional skills and equipment. Finally, questions have been added to address the Humane Hierarchy and information on the proper use of aversives.

In response to these changes, we are proud to announce that our CPDT-KA Prep course has also received an overhaul. Registrants can expect to find expanded information on learning theory and ethology; updated resources on the Humane Hierarchy, equipment, aversives and husbandry; and an entirely new section devoted to test preparation and the computerized testing environment. In addition to the online lessons, quizzes and exams, all registrants are invited to join our Facebook study group and to attend any of the live web chats being held before each testing period.

We believe in the goal of standardizing dog training practices, and we are excited to help course registrants achieve that goal by identifying strengths and improving weaknesses in an effort to better prepare for the exam. It is for this reason that we responded to the CCPDT changes to provide you the most current preparation course we could. We look forward to seeing you in the classroom!


The course is taught by Shelly Volsche, BA, CPDT-KA, DipCFN. She has over 7 years of professional dog training and behavior experience. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on comparative learning and cognition, and is completing graduate work in Anthrozoology (the study of human-animal interactions). With her thorough background in learning and ethology, she excited to use her education to help other trainers obtain certification.

CPDT-KA Exam Study Course Revised


CPDT-KA Exam Study Course (Newly Revised-2013) Fundamentals

In response to ongoing changes made to the CPDT-KA certification exam, e-Training for Dogs, Inc. is excited to announce the launch of our updated CPDT-KA exam study course! This new course offers expanded material with even more practice questions. In addition, it has been updated to reflect the most current exam content. It also includes supplemental material, complete presentation notes, and access to a certified instructor.

CPDT-KA Exam Study Course Fundamentals registrants will receive:

  • Individual lessons on each section of the exam study guide
  • Expanded lessons on learning theory and ethology
  • Access to live web chats for real time group study
  • Information on the certification process
  • Study hints and hints for taking a computer based test
  • Email access to a CPDT-KA instructor throughout the course

Begin studying now. You do not want to wait until the last minute to prepare. Those of us at e-Training for Dogs, Inc. want to help every candidate do their absolute best on the exam.

Register now to begin studying today! Click HERE.

This course is taught by e-Training instructor, Shelly Volsche. Shelly is a CPDT-KA, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and has a diploma in Canine Fitness and Nutrition.  Her graduate work includes research on human-canine interactions and the history of dog domestication. Because of this, she is able to deliver the most up to date information affecting CPDT-KA candidates.

Online Courses-Are they for You?

Online Dog Training CoursesIf you have ever wondered if  online dog training courses are for you, I found an excellent blog post on the “Online Courses” blog. It talks about online learning in general, but much of what is included can be applied to E-Training for Dogs courses.

The post is titled: Challenge Your Online Learning Expectations  and includes the following three pieces.

Here is the link to the blog post –  http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/online-learning-expectations.

The resource provides the realities of online college programs and what students need to know about them.

Weight Gain in Dogs and Obesity in Dogs: Free Dog Diet Recipe

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Do you worry about or have a dog who suffers from too much weight gain or obesity? I have a free dog diet recipe just for Liking us on Facebook.


My 13 1/2 year old dog , Mazzy, was a great bird dog in her day. She could cover a field with the harshest cover (thick grasses and such) all day long, and then do it the next day over and over…for hours. When she reached about 11-12 years old, she started slowing down with arthritis, sore old joint injuries, etc. Just like the rest of us. With the slowing down came weight gain. Always “an easy keeper” (I swear that dog could maintain weight on eating dirt) she became obese. I couldn’t exercise it off of her so I started cutting down on her food giving her small amounts twice a day. She was so hungry. I knew that I would be hungry if all I ate was so small amount of food, no matter how laced with “everything I needed” it was. Some of these GREAT dog foods, recommend such a small serving, as they are so “good” …. but the problem is the dog is still hungry after eating it’s one slight cup. Of course! Who wouldn’t be?!

So I started making her dog food with fresh ingredients. It is about 3 hours of my time once a month, but the weight came off, and some of her health problems such as intermittent UTI, high blood pressure, stopped.

To get the Free Dog Diet Recipe, please Like us on Facebook and send me a Facebook message requesting the recipe.


Enjoy the following stats!

Pet Obesity
Pet obesity graphic produced by Matt Beswick for Pet365. Click here to view the full post.

Dog Training: What do people REALLY think about its importance?

One of my favorite blogs, Pet365, did a survey last month of over 1000 dog owners to find out what they thought about “dog training” and a “trained dog.” Most of the respondents were located in the UK and the US but there were respondents from all over the world.

She has posted her “raw data” online for you science geeks (that’s me too) in case you have other things you wish to check using the data.

Here at E-Training for Dogs, we put a strong emphasis on breadth of study for dog trainers and dog lovers. What do I mean by  THAT?!??

What I mean is, though it is important that a dog trainer knows how to teach a dog something or change behavior, it is just as important that they know dog communication, dog first aid, dog anatomy and physiology, canine basic ethology, breed differences, etc. These are TOOLS for a trainer’s “toolkit” that, to me, are fundamental and necessary.

How can you hold a class or change a behavior if you can not set a goal? How can you design a class if you know nothing of curriculum development, or how dogs AND humans think?

So, what did the study find? Here are the results!

Dog Training Information
Dog Training graphic created by Matt Beswick for Pet365. Click here to view the full post.

Pairing Pavlovian Conditioning with Operant Odor-Discrimination Training

dogsniffSpeaker: Nathaniel Hall, M.S.

Recorded Live online- March 20, 2013

NOW Available OnDemand (Recorded) upon purchase.

In this talk, I will present ongoing research our lab is conducting on the canine sense of smell. I will describe the procedures we have developed to quickly train an odor-discrimination in dogs, and how we have used this procedure to evaluate the effects of procedural manipulations on odor-detection in dogs. I will then present data from ongoing research that evaluates the effect of how familiar a target odor is, on the acquisition of an odor discrimination. I will show that more familiar odors are more readily learned; however, how the odors were ‘familiarized’ is important.  The effect of familiarity in our sample was the result of Pavlovian conditioning and not mere exposure to the odor. Throughout the talk, I will review basic concepts of olfaction, Pavlovian conditioning, and how Pavlovian conditioning and operant conditioning interact. I will conclude by indicating how the present research might be useful for the training of working odor-detecting dogs.


Cost: $25.00

Where to get scent and nose work supplies?
www.k9nwsource.com  New and exclusive items. Everything from Odor to Containers and more.


How Does a Puppy Develop?




Education on the development of a dog from conception to adult must be covered genetically, physiologically, biologically, mentally, emotionally and environmentally. Having all of the right factors in place gives each dog the best chance at a healthy and happy life with humans.



At E-Training for Dogs, we have several FASCINATING courses for those interested in canine development:
Introduction to Breeding and Whelping
Puppy Imprinting and Bonding
Dog Orgin and Early History
Canine Biology and Behaviour-Part I
Imprinting and Handling Puppies Birth to 10 Weeks-Webinar

Our upcoming courses are:
Canine Biology and Behavior-Part II
Canine Biology and Behavior-Part III
Introduction to Genetics

Watch for these. Sign up for our Newsletter to be the first to hear about these!

The Pet365 Blog, a wonderful blog on all things pets, has put together a fascinating graphic story of dog development from embryo to end of life. Enjoy!
Puppy Development
Puppy Development graphic created by Matt Beswick for Pet365. Click here to view the full post.

Education and Research Sanctuary-The Dingo Discovery Center in Australia

I just discovered a canine research center that focuses on Dingeos. (Yes, the “e” is correct when talking about more than one Dingo.) The Dingo Discovery Research Center in Australia, a sanctuary and educational center for the Dingo. Not that it is a new Center, it has been around since 1990, but it was new to me and I was so impressed that I wanted to share it with you.

Our guest lecturer this month, February, 2013 is Dr. Bradley Smith. He is a researcher from the University of South Australia. He did much of his research with Dingoes at the Dingo Discovery Center sanctuary near Melbourne, Australia.

The sanctuary was established in 1990 by two veterans of the dog show world, Peter and Lyn Watson. These founders were resolved to preserve the now almost extinct in the wild gene pool of the Australian alpine variety of dingo. Since then, the sanctuary has been a source for positive media coverage, education of the public and a population of Dingoes available for non-invasive research studies.

Our speaker this month, Dr. Bradley Smith, through a series of experimental studies has documented the Dingo using tools. This finding has been bringing researchers from around the world to elaborate on his studies.

One popular hypothesis as to the origin of the Dingo is as a descendant of dogs brought by early colonists…gone wild. This is not true. The Dingo is more like the Australian wolf.  The Dingo existed in Australia long before any settlers brought dogs there and had been occasionally ”tamed”, much as the North American Gray Wolf, by socializing young puppies.

To learn more about this fascinating canine, its past, present and future place on this planet, join us and sign up for the webinar:

Dingoes, the ‘missing link’ between wolves and domestic dogs?

When: LIVE online from Australia, February 6, 7:00-8:30 PM EST (10:00 PM GMT)
Available as a recording also!

IAABC and CCPDT CEU’s available

Go HERE to learn more and to register.


The Amazing Canine Nose

The dog’s nose is one of the most refined scent organs in the world. There are approximately 1200 separately identified chemical odorants. Of these, the average human can detect about 35%, but most dogs can detect and track over 90%. That’s over 1000 individual odors!

Given this amazing skill, it’s no surprise that a host of canine sports have developed utilizing the nose. Tracking and earth dog were just the start. Now there’s Canine Scent Work! This low impact sport allows dogs of all ages, breeds, physical condition, and social skills to develop confidence, refine their nose, and most importantly, have fun!

Teaching Canine Scent Work is a six part course that teaches students how to help dog and handler build communication and shape this natural talent into a honed skill. Basic biology, physics of scent, and cultivation of drive and search skills are all discussed.

New Course:  Teaching Canine Scent Work

Purpose: To provide the basic tools, concepts, and skills to successfully run a canine scent work class, up to and including pairing scent. Students will also learn how to work their own dogs as part of the process. This course runs 6 weeks.

What you can expect to learn from this Course:

  • Basic physiology of the canine nose and how “hunting” effects the canine body
  • Basic physics of air flow and how it helps dogs determine the location of source
  • General terminology used in Canine Scent Work (nose work)
  • Reading the dog’s “tells”
  • How to build drive
  • Structure of classes
  • Pairing  odor
  • Beyond the classroom

Instructor: Shelly Volsche, CPDT-KA

Course Length: 6 one-hour sessions

Course Cost – 

For Credit: $185.00
For Audit: $85.00


Preventing Injuries and Maintaining Fitness in Dogs

Guest Blogger-Racine Hyatt, CCM

There are no coincidences – this I know for sure.  The year was 1991 – I was involved in a car accident that would put in motion a series of events which would not only change my life, it would lead to what would become my BEST life!

Unable to return to school and the work I was doing due to the brain injury the accident caused, I found myself applying for and getting a job in a veterinary hospital as the secretary/receptionist.  After working there for two years a young female Boxer was surrendered to the clinic (the people that owned her didn’t see the sense of investing in the life-saving surgeries she needed).  One look into her deep brown eyes not only introduced me to my dog; I was prepared to do whatever she needed for as long as she needed it.  We would recover together.  The vet assured me that nothing she was enduring would haunt her later on, so we began our long and arduous journey back to life!

She introduced me to the world of dog sport competition to rebuild her confidence and complimentary practitioners who, combined with conventional medicine resulted in a recovery many thought miraculous.

It was one of her chiropractors who introduced me to equine rehabilitation / then the new school she had heard about in Florida for canine rehabilitation and after completing studies there I went on to graduate from the Treetops massage program, and the rest (as they say) is history!

And now, through this webinar, I have an opportunity to share some of the information which has evolved out of the development of Canine Sports medicine, rehabilitation, fitness and wellness with so many more people than I ever imagined!

In the early 90’s very few people gave any thought to fitness conditioning – the assumption was that training was exercise and the dogs were “fit enough”.

Then came sprains and strains / the explosion of knee surgeries / early onset dysplasia / career ending disc injuries and the worst of all – cervical spinal compression and whiplash!

Either dogs were breaking down as a species or, as we were asking our dogs to do more, we were not providing them with more!  My Meisha retired from a variety of activities (including IPO) injury free at the age of 10!  When asked how she remained so healthy all I could think of was that we followed the few basic rules of fitness (from gym class) – warm up, cool down and exercise to compliment the stresses of training/competition!  Equine athletes have been doing this for years – why not dogs?

My primary focus was to educate those competing in dog sport – so I put together seminars to address canine fitness from the beginning:  Raising a Canine Athlete – Puppy Development, to the All-Fit program for overall fitness and finally, How to Condition a winning Performance Dog.  For many, these seminars have provided the missing link to their training regimes!

It is important that anyone living with active dogs have a basic knowledge of some key aspects of canine anatomy to understand how injuries can happen in order to prevent them – for example, the dangers of inappropriate exercise for puppies (under 18 months) while over 700+ growth plates are developing the structure upon which they will rely for their entire lives!  These micro-injuries are the precursors to dysplasia, spinal conditions, soft tissue damage – all preventable!!

Canine shoulder structure – or should we say lack of it!!  It is inconceivable that this bungled engineering can support dogs at all – and the main reason why education became so important to me!

The consequences of malnutrition created by the commercial dog food industry…specific changes in lifestyle for senior dogs to age with vitality…and simple exercises incorporated into your daily leash walk that will optimize this time you spend with your dog improving flexibility, strength and endurance to enhance and maintain healthy muscles!

I look forward to spending the hour with you, sharing enough food for thought that you will have new and greater insight into your dog’s fitness – and inspire you to continue learning through the many full length programs offered at e-trainingfordogs.

Join us in our newest Live Online webinar!

All-Fit Dog – A Whole Dog Approach to Over-All Fitness

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
7:30-9:00 PM EST (10:30 PM GMT)

The lecture will be recorded and available OnDemand after the lecture.
Cost: $25.00

Register HERE

Practical Ethology

Guest blogger: Chris Redenbach CDBC, CBCC-KA

I first just have to say that I love ethology. It let the daylight in for me regarding some serious questions about dog behavior and, as the science develops, it continues to illuminate more for me than any other science surrounding my work and passion of dogs. In just over an hour, I hope to share the joy of discovery, the many ah-ha moments, by bringing this to you.

Ethology explains the building blocks of behavior. When I lived in Brazil in the 70’s, I traveled in some remote places where people live on the land on a subsistence basis. I heard stories about how they hunt the large lizards that can feed a family. They just find a lizard path…worn in the ground…and then they wait until the lizard is coming back from its own hunt and kill it with their hand made weapons as it comes down its path. They couldn’t do this without a basic knowledge of ethology…the biology of the behavior of this species.

Likewise, any working protection dog trainer will tell you that some dogs are just born with what is known as a “full mouth bite” meaning that the dog naturally grasps what they are biting all the way to the back of the molars. Other dogs have a half mouth bite and grasp only with the front half of their mouth, and still others are slashers who prefer not to grasp at all and just strike out with canines for a brief hard bite while simultaneously retreating. These genetically determined patterns are fascinating to know and can really help a breeder or trainer in their everyday analysis and decision making.

As trainers and behavior consultants, we are taught to analyze behavior according to its antecedents and consequences, but our understanding and ability to give a full analysis and choose the most efficient ways to help a dog understand what we want or help us understand why the dog behaved a certain way, we need ethology.

As a breeder, I have puzzled over why some dogs play ball and littermates don’t; why some dogs go directly up to strange people or things and others hang back; why some tear apart toys and others never do; why some are eager to do what they are trained and others are independent despite using reward based methods; why some would claim the entire neighborhood as territory if they could while others would never stray from a close radius around the house.

Part of the journey of discovery in ethology is asking the right questions and part is observation and tinkering. Join me for this fun exploration of diverse questions.

Practical Ethology

Chris Redenbach CDBC, CBCC-KA
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Join us in our newest Live Online webinar!

Practical Ethology
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
8:00-9:30 PM EST (11:00 PM GMT)

The lecture will be recorded and available OnDemand after the lecture.
Cost: $25.00

Decoding the Human-Dog Relationship

Guest Blogger – Monique Udell

Humans and dogs share a long intertwined history. Although dogs and canines have likely coexisted for much longer, early evidence of canine domestication dates back at least 14,000 years- making man’s best friend the first known domesticated animal. Dogs can be found around the globe, and although the role of dogs worldwide can vary from scavenger to companion, for those of us who have come to view dogs as the latter know just how strong the bond between human and dog can be. Especially in the western world, dogs are often treated more like family than pets. A growing number of dogs hold jobs, and in many cases we bet our lives and well being on their ability to perform them. From search and rescue to explosive and cancer detecting dogs, to dogs that provide physical and emotional assistance or guiding the blind, in many cases we allow dogs to serve in roles once entrusted to humans alone. Yet even in the United States where “pet parents” spend billions of dollars a year on their furry children and many allow dogs to sleep in their own bed, over 10% of our companion animal population will end up in an animal shelter or rescue, and many will not find a forever home.

This dichotomy is a challenging one, in part because fully understanding the circumstances that lead to an animal being abandoned or surrendered often requires a peek into the private lives of humans and their pets. While behavior problems are often reported as a predictor of animal abuse or surrender, identifying causes and early warning signs from outside the home can be difficult. The Canine Behavioral Assessment & Research Questionnaire is one approach to addressing this dilemma, and is now being used to gather information about a wide range of dog behaviors and temperaments from the perspective of the owners and handlers that live with them. More commonly known as the C-BARQ, this questionnaire was developed by researchers at the Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society of the University of Pennsylvania, and serves as an assessment tool for a wide range of behavior problems and warning signs, as well as a research tool for learning more about the human-canine relationship.

Upcoming Webinar – On December 5th 2012, E-Training for Dogs is excited to welcome the director of this center and a world-renowned expert on human-animal interactions, Dr. James Serpell, as a featured speaker of this year’s Ethology and Canine Behavior lecture series.

Dr. James Serpell is the Marie A. Moore Professor of Animal Welfare at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, where he also directs the Center for the Interaction of Animals & Society. He received his bachelor’s degree in Zoology from University College London in 1974, and his PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of Liverpool in 1980. In 1985 he established the Companion Animal Research Group at the University of Cambridge before moving in 1993 to his current position at the University of Pennsylvania where he lectures on veterinary ethics, applied animal behavior and welfare, and human-animal interactions. His research focuses mainly on the behavior and welfare of dogs and cats, the development of human attitudes to animals, and the history and impact of human-animal relationships. In addition to publishing more than 100 articles and book chapters on these and related topics, he is the author, editor or co-editor of several books including Animals & Human Society: Changing Perspectives (1994), The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior & Interactions with People (1995), In the Company of Animals (1996), and Companion Animals & Us (2000).