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Leash Reactivity Happens Everywhere – But with a Cultural Twist

The very last day of July this year, my two dogs and I landed in Finland. The dogs, of course, had no idea that their Mom had moved them across …

Road Trip Across Canada with Dogs: Experiences and Tips for Travellers

I recently did a month-long road trip with my dogs Forbes and Flirt across Canada. Setting out to explore the Canadian Rockies from Toronto on my own, driving more than …

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

You come home from work, open the front door, and see that the garbage has been knocked over and someone has had an all-you-can-eat buffet, or you find the remote …

My Dog Knows How to Sit but Doesn’t Stay

This article was also published in Speaking of Dogs Newsletter January 2017. This is a statement I commonly hear from dog owners and to which I usually reply “Have you …

My Biomedical Scent Detection Project

For the past year and a half I have been doing a project at a hospital in Toronto (a collaborative project with researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax) which has been …

Emotions Are Part of the Learning Process

Blog post also published in Speaking of Dogs May 2016 Newsletter. As humans we have all experienced how emotions affect our ability to learn. For example, think back to when …

To Tug or Not to Tug?

Also published in January 2016 Speaking of Dogs Newsletter. When you grab a toy, does your dog try to get it by nipping, jumping, and barking? Would your dog keep …

What Is Obedience in Dog Training?

This article was also published in August 2015 Speaking of Dogs Newsletter. We humans expect our dogs to be obedient, but do we actually know what this term means with …

Fast Moving Objects Are Back – HELP! My Dog Is Going Crazy!

This article was also published in Speaking of Dogs June 2014 Newsletter: We had long winter months where most people preferred to stay indoors, the parks were empty, and you could …

I Want My Dog to Just “Get Along” with Everyone

This article was also published in Speaking of Dogs December 2014 Newsletter: When we send out questionnaires to clients who sign up for behaviour modification training because their dog is …