Dog Training

The Problem With Shock Collars

It isn’t that shock collar training doesn’t work, because it does. The question is at what price? Some extremely skilled trainers may be able to offset some of the problems shock collars can cause. However, shock collars are for sale at almost every pet store making them readily accessible to the general public. A shock collar can potentially lead to [...]

Click & Praise

Click & Praise By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., C.D.B.C, CAP2 Imagine a reward your dog will never fill up on, a reward that can last exactly as long as you want, [...]

Health & Safety

  • Risks: major agricultural pest, eats over 500 different kinds of plants, feeds on stucco homes as a source of calcium, may carry rat lungworm, a parasite that causes meningitis in humans and animals. Pest info: grow up to eight inches long, no natural enemies in the US, reproduce rapidly: one snail can lay over 2500 eggs in one year. Do not handle snails without gloves - serious health risk. Illegal to possess or import into the US without a permit. Locate, communicate, eradicate. 1-888-397-1517
  • Eggs are approximately 0.3 to 0.4 inches in size, white to yellow in color, with up to 1000 eggs per clutch. Neonate snails are 0.5 inches or less in size. Juvenile snails are 0.375 inches to 2 inches in size. Adult snails are 2 to 8 inches in size.

Beware the Giant African Land Snail

Beware the Giant African Land Snail By Kimberly "Kim" Archer, CPDT-KA, CTDI The Giant African Land Snail is an incredibly dangerous snail invasive to Florida, and it is also irradicated with an equally dangerous bait, [...]

Dog Agility Training

Is Your Dog Bored?

Is Your Dog Bored? Enrich Your Dog’s Life! By Kimberly Archer, Dog Behavior Technician    Have you ever wondered what a day is like through your dog’s eyes? You may wake up, have breakfast, catch [...]

Agility for Dogs with Issues

This means that for some dogs playing the game of agility around other dogs can make other dogs seem fun also. The same thing can happen if a dog is afraid of people, being around people when doing agility can come to signal fun.

Courteous Canine Articles

The Problem With Shock Collars

It isn’t that shock collar training doesn’t work, because it does. The question is at what price? Some extremely skilled trainers may be able to offset some of the problems shock collars can cause. However, [...]

The Art & Science of Heeling

The Art & Science of Heeling By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., C.D.B.C, CAP2 Designed by Kimberly "Kim" Archer, CPDT-KA, CTDI "Heeling is a dance of special connection with my dog. Some view it as [...]

Why I Kiss My Dogs

Why I Kiss My Dogs What my dogs taught me about finding the joy in life By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., C.D.B.C, CAP2 edited by Kimberly "Kim" Archer, CPDT-KA, CTDI Stevie Life is [...]

  • Risks: major agricultural pest, eats over 500 different kinds of plants, feeds on stucco homes as a source of calcium, may carry rat lungworm, a parasite that causes meningitis in humans and animals. Pest info: grow up to eight inches long, no natural enemies in the US, reproduce rapidly: one snail can lay over 2500 eggs in one year. Do not handle snails without gloves - serious health risk. Illegal to possess or import into the US without a permit. Locate, communicate, eradicate. 1-888-397-1517
  • Eggs are approximately 0.3 to 0.4 inches in size, white to yellow in color, with up to 1000 eggs per clutch. Neonate snails are 0.5 inches or less in size. Juvenile snails are 0.375 inches to 2 inches in size. Adult snails are 2 to 8 inches in size.

Beware the Giant African Land Snail

Beware the Giant African Land Snail By Kimberly "Kim" Archer, CPDT-KA, CTDI The Giant African Land Snail is an incredibly dangerous snail invasive to Florida, and it is also irradicated with an equally dangerous bait, [...]

Being Wrong is Right

Turns out that humans have a huge problem-- we love to be right. The problem is that this is dangerous and actually causes serious tragedies and even death, according to Being Wrong: Adventures in the [...]

Dog Training 101: What is Clicker Training?

Dog Training 101: What is Clicker Training? By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., CDBC, CAP2 edited by Kimberly "Kim" Archer, CPDT-KA, CTDI Clicker training is a training method using a handheld plastic box that makes a clicking [...]

Click & Praise

Click & Praise By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., C.D.B.C, CAP2 Imagine a reward your dog will never fill up on, a reward that can last exactly as long as you want, and makes your dog incredibly [...]

Play, Don’t Train

Play, Don't Train By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., C.D.B.C, CAP2 Are your clients less motivated then you would like them to be? Stop telling them to train their dogs, and start telling them to play. It [...]

Is Your Dog Bored?

Is Your Dog Bored? Enrich Your Dog’s Life! By Kimberly Archer, Dog Behavior Technician    Have you ever wondered what a day is like through your dog’s eyes? You may wake up, have breakfast, catch [...]

The Truth About Dominance Theory

The Truth About Dominance Theory By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., C.D.B.C, CAP2   The truth is there is nothing noble in being superior to another being. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former [...]

Preparing Your Dog For Your New Baby

Preparing Your Dog For Your New Baby By Heather Gibbs, CPDT-KA, ABCDT, SBA Overview Preparing for a new baby's arrival can be an exciting and stressful time for all family members  involved - especially your [...]