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Drew Webster CPDT-KA   Today you wake up and you can’t speak. You can’t write. You can’t type which means you can’t text either. How do you communicate with the world now? This is what every day is like being a dog. They lack the ability to talk but dogs have an amazing ability, the ability to read body language …

By Eric Gillaspy CPDT-KA   There, I said it. Coprophagia, or poop eating as it is commonly called, is a gross, disgusting, and relatively common behavior. It is especially common in puppies: I know because my puppy was a poop eater. I think it all started because she was in a new environment with an abundance of poop. There are …

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Yes, you can train a rabbit!

by Sandra, guest contributor, Mario's biped • May 31 , 2013

Many people are surprised when I mention that you can train a rabbit. Even the fact that Mario uses a litter box raises some eyebrows. Litter box training really just capitalizes on a rabbit’s natural instinct to do all their business in one location. But hey, it is a great trait they have and I won’t complain about that.

A common complaint I hear about cats is that you can’t train them. People claim that cats aren’t as smart as dogs simply because fewer cats seem to know “sit” or “down.” Well, cats can be trained. My cat knows several “tricks.” Toby knows the commands for sit, high five, jump through a hoop and even bed. He learned those …

Just when I thought something as simple as washing the dishes was a job way too intense for a 16 year old boy to handle, Shawn decided to dedicate himself to teaching the dog tricks. At first he tried to tell me he taught Bingo how to shake, but he forgot that I taught him that trick myself quite some …

Michael Vick made headlines in October when people learned that his family now included a Belgian Malinois named Angel. At the time there was a great deal of outcry. Vick was quoted by USA Today as responding to critics by saying “I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet. As a …

We got a new puppy! His name is Pinto, and he is a nut in every happy puppy way! So in honor of the New Year, and all the puppies out there, let’s resolve to do what I like to think of as “tickling the dragon’s tail.” The next time you see your young dog or foster pooch just lying …

Pet training can have its ups and downs. I tried to train my dog to be calm when friends came over, but inadvertently trained him to bark ferociously whenever I said the word, “friends.” When he’s on a leash and I say, “Let’s go,” he starts by giving a little preliminary jump. I don’t know what I did to train these …

What does a shelter dog want for Christmas — or any day of the year? A new trick to learn; a fun toy to play with. And our grants provide both: Train to Adopt helps shelters teach adoptable dogs basic social skills, and we’ve given more than $7,000 in enrichment toys from our friends at KONG to 10 shelters over …

Meet Monty, Ginny and Porter.  According to Slate.com, Kiwi Rescue, located in New Zealand, is teaching them how to drive!  They’re situated in specially modified Countryman vehicles made by Mini.  Sweet rides!  The dogs are ready to show off their new found ability during a televised demonstration on a closed track. This is really amazing and shows the level of …

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