UK Bans Use of Shock Collars for Pets

The UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs announced new legislation banning the use of electronic training collars for dogs and cats. These devices, commonly called shock collars or e-collars, send an electronic pulse to your pet, with the idea of correcting unwanted behaviors.  Animal welfare experts note that the devices cause unnecessary harm … Continue reading UK Bans Use of Shock Collars for Pets

Study Shows MRI Scans Help Find Best Service Dog Candidates

In the ongoing effort to understand what our pets are thinking, researchers have been performing MRI scans on dogs’ brains for the past several years.  A recent canine brain scan study conducted by scientists at Emory University may help determine which dogs will make the best service dogs. 43 service dogs in training with the … Continue reading Study Shows MRI Scans Help Find Best Service Dog Candidates

FACE Friend Linda Michaels Publishes “Do No Harm™ Dog Training and Behavior Manual”

A few months ago, we introduced you to FACE friend and supporter Linda Michaels of Del Mar Dog Training in a blog post.  Linda is a top-rated dog trainer and behavior expert who created the Hierarchy of Dog Needs® approach to force-free behavior modification.  Linda has expanded the ideas she outlined in the Hierarchy into … Continue reading FACE Friend Linda Michaels Publishes “Do No Harm™ Dog Training and Behavior Manual”

What Will Be the Top Pet Industry Trends for 2017?

When it comes to caring for our dogs, cats, and other pets, many devoted pet owners will do just about anything to make sure that our fur kids lead healthy, happy, and pampered lives. Trends in the pet industry reflect our continuing interest in providing the best food, products, and care for our four-legged friends. … Continue reading What Will Be the Top Pet Industry Trends for 2017?

The Hierarchy of Dog Needs™: A Wellness and Force-free Behavior Modification Guide

Many of us first learned about Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs model of human motivation back in Psychology 101 class. Maslow proposed that human behavior is motivated by an ascending hierarchy of needs, from basic ones like food and shelter to more complex emotional and social needs like feeling a sense of accomplishment and having … Continue reading The Hierarchy of Dog Needs™: A Wellness and Force-free Behavior Modification Guide