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As Stuart Brown outlined in his 2009 TED Talk “Play is more than Fun”, Play is an essential part of cognitive, emotional and physical development. True Play doesn’t have a purpose more important than playing itself.
Neurologist Frank Wilson (author of The Hand) also points out...more
Everyone wants positive training, right? Why wouldn’t you? Negative training doesn’t sound like a good idea. Or “force-based training”? Or “pain-based training”? Or my favorite “outdated dominance-based theories”. And the list goes on and on.
Stress is a fact of life. We all experience stress every day and must learn to develop some resilience to the life stresses we deal with and manage daily. People without the ability to handle stress, can’t function in our world. This is no different for dogs ...
Understanding some of the key findings from the latest research on vaccinations, tick and flea control, parasite and worm prevention, spaying and neutering, allergy tests and treatments, choosing dog food, and anxiety medications helps you making informed ...