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Use Emotional Intelligence to Architect Your Own Experiences.

Our brains are always making predictions; it is how they work and take action. These predictions allow us to understand everything around us, patterns, stimuli even words that are spoken or written. It’s why and how we can sometimes complete a sentence for somebody before they even deliver the...

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Use Conflict for Good – It Can Evoke Great Dialogue, Compromise and Solutions!

You can't shake hands with a clenched fist. Indira Gandhi The Random House Dictionary defines conflict as “to come into collision or disagreement; be contradictory, at variance, or in opposition; clash.” Wherever two or more people come together there is the possibility of conflict, it is...

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The 10 Rules to Effectively & Positively House-Training Your Dog

Depending on your dog, your family and your lifestyle, house-training a dog can be anywhere from easy, to almost impossible. Many dog owners get lucky and, in spite of the mistakes they unknowingly make, they find themselves with a house-trained dog. On the other hand, some dog owners need help...

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The Top Ten New Simple Solutions to Help in the New Year

Helping Pet Dog Guardians Get It Right! Did you know that good management is an essential part of any training or behavioral change plan? In fact, management is an important part of your dog's life, like it's important to manage your children's environment. If your dog is behaving in a way...

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A Dog’s Sensitive Periods for Development & Socialization

The Critical Socialization Periods of a Pet Dog There are key stages within a dog’s development where the dog is particularly sensitive to environmental influences. Scot & Fuller, (1965) and Serpell & Jagoe (1995) have described that conditioning of behavior during these sensitive...

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Stress Busting Tips for Humans and Pets!

What is Stress? "Any intrinsic or extrinsic stimulus that evokes a biological response is known as stress" - Yaribeygi, H., Panahi, Y., Sahraei, H., Johnston, T. P., & Sahebkar, A. (2017) - so let's be realistic, everyone has stress in their lives. However, if stress is having a negative...

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​How to Address Employee Skill Deficits versus Attitude Problems in Your Pet Business

As business owners we often have teams of employees working for us. We are responsible for how they perform their jobs and this is either through the delivery of skills or interactive client services. If we are to effectively supervise and coach our employees then we need to understand the...

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​Five Freedoms or Seven Ponderings!

Five Freemoms or Seven Ponderings! Listen to a podcast of this text here In the past, the concept of the Five Freedoms has been considered the gold standard of animal welfare that falls under human control and has since been adopted by a number of related groups and organizations. The concept...

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Walk This Way - Twenty Tips to Help You Take the Strain Out of the Leash!

Do you have a dog that pulls you along like a steam train pulling freight? If so, walks are probably pretty miserable for both of you. Walking nicely is a life skill that when missing can significantly and negatively impact the relationship you share with your dog and may result in fewer...

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Defining Dominance Theory

According to DogNostics Career Center (2018), dominance theory is used within the same species to predict the winner of a conflict when fighting over a specific, context-oriented resource. Scientifically, dominance only applies to two beings of the same species, thus a human cannot be dominant...

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