Five Freedoms and Dog Training

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA Have you heard of the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare? ASPCA defines them as such: 1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst by ready-access to fresh water …

WTF

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA   “What’s the Function?” -Susan Friedman, PhD   Now that I have your attention! I wanted to talk about our dogs’ behavior today and the wonderful …

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA It’s National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day! The day was created as a way to raise awareness for thousands of pets that are patiently waiting for a loving home. This …

Are You Telling Stories?

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA “He pooped on the floor because he was mad I went out with my friends.” “She is jealous of my boyfriend, so she chewed up his …

How to Show Up for Your Dog

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA I listened to a great podcast today-Canine Conversations: Human-Canine Behavior Connection Parts 1 and 2. They featured Marissa Martino, CTC, CPDT-KA, who wrote a book titled: Human-Canine Behavior Connection – A …

Let’s Talk Positive Reinforcement

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA We’re going to delve a little into science today and talk about operant conditioning and positive reinforcement. One of the major learning theories is Operant Conditioning. …

Celebrate Small Successes

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA We live in an instant gratification world. If we want information, we pull out our phone and Google it. Want to order something? Amazon Prime gets …