By: Anthony De Marinis, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant- IAABC, CBATI, VSPDT, TTWC, VSA-DT & Debbie Torraca, DPT, MSPT,  CCRP, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Emeritus   Is it ok to play tug? As dog professionals, we are constantly asked if playing tug causes aggression. The

Harmful effects of choke chains and prong collars By: Debbie Torraca, DPT, MSPT,  CCRP, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Emeritus & Anthony De Marinis, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant- IAABC, CBATI, VSPDT, TTWC, VSA-DT   Current research has been a game-changer in understanding, training and teaching

By Anthony De Marinis, CDBC, CBATI, VSPDT, TTWC, VSA-DT What is Resource Guarding? Resource guarding, also known as “possession aggression” is a behavior a dog displays to control access to a valued resource.  What is a valued resource? It is something of

By Anthony De Marinis, CDBC   This weekend I took my puppy Journey hiking off-leash in Connecticut. I was amazed at how many people had their puppies there. It was so great seeing 8-week old and 12-week old puppies on the trail.

If there was one thing I would suggest that all my clients read through before our initial consultation together, it would be this blog post. It is simple and straight to the point. Regardless of whether you are a puppy owner

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is “When should I start training my puppy?” My answer is always…you guessed it! NOW!!!! When I say now I mean ASAP. Right now. Regardless of whether you are working with a professional

By Anthony De Marinis, CDBC Believe it or not, the use of a muzzle can come in handy even if your dog does not have aggression issues. For most of us the typical response to hearing about the use of a

By Anthony De Marinis, CDBC Hand targeting or “touch”, is a great behavior to teach for a variety of reasons. A hand target is when you present your hand and the dog bumps his or her nose against your hand. Below