Dog Articles

Selecting A Dog Trainer

Dogs are everywhere. In the United States there are approximately 78.2 million owned dogs with almost 40% of households owning at least one dog. In Seattle, there is approximately one dog for every five residents and dogs outrank children in town by approximately five...

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The Dogma of Dominance

by Prescott Breeden An ethological approach to behavior and dominance in dogs Perhaps the most commonly used adjective from dog owners when describing canine behavior is the word ‘dominant.’  Traditional understandings teach that the most primary motivator for a dog...

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Are prong collars, choke chains and shock collars humane?

by Prescott Breeden The morality of teaching and using pain-based methods in Dog in training The use of prong collars, choke chains, and shock collars (e-collars) on dogs is a very inflammatory issue.  While stores are selling fewer and fewer of these tools it seems...

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Breed-specific legislation: a look at the evidence

Breed-specific legislation: a look at the evidence by Prescott Breeden Anti-pitbull, anti-rottweiler, anti-doberman (etc.) legislation in dog politics. The heated debate over Breed-specific Legislation (BSL) carries a lot of emotion for many people.  Some are those...

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Don’t chew on my Jimmy Choos!: Dog Drives

Don't chew on my Jimmy Choos! by Prescott Breeden Drive Behavior in Dogs When it comes to the lives of our dogs, perhaps the most crucial concept to understand is their need for activity.  While working with a client on a problematic behavior, I first have to ask,...

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Dog parks, friend or foe?

Dog parks, friend or foe? by Prescott Breeden Risks and courtesies to make the Dog Park a fun and safe environment. Dog parks appear to be a consistent source of controversy amongst dog owners and dog professionals.  Most professionals avoid the dog park like it was a...

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Service Dog 2.0: the upgrade is here

Service Dog 2.0: the upgrade is here by Prescott Breeden Service Dog training in Seattle Seattle is progressive.  It is filled with creative individuals constantly pushing the boundaries of our knowledge and practices to find new paths. We have seen this in music,...

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Dog walkers: the good, the bad and the ugly

Dog walkers: the good, the bad and the ugly by Prescott Breeden What to look for in Dog walkers and canine professionals Dog walking is a big business.  A lot of people own dogs and a lot of them help their pooches get extra exercise by hiring a dog walker.  It’s a...

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Dog Parks part II

A response to my readers about Dog Parks by Prescott Breeden Aggression towards intact Dogs at the Dog Park I would like to take a moment to respond to some of my readers that have brought an important point to my attention.  In the article titled “Dog parks, friend...

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Razor-fanged Puppies

Razor-fanged Puppies by Prescott Breeden Aqcuried Bite Inhibition (ABI) and Jaw Prudence in Dogs Anyone who has ever raised a puppy knows that these peeing, pooping, chewing, furry balls of uncontrollable cuteness come with some seriously sharp fangs.  However what...

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Spay and Neuter: a Touchy Subject

Spay and neuter: a touchy subject by Prescott Breeden A meta-analysis on the pros and cons of spay and neuter in Dogs The decision to spay or neuter a dog for owners is not as simple as figuring out what bag of treats to buy at the pet store.  It is a decision that...

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