Companion dogs. They are the best — nonjudgmental, good listeners after a tough day at the office, good motivators to get us humans off the couch and outdoors. There are so many benefits to having these canine companions in our lives.
But do we let them roll in stinky stuff? Nope. Do we get embarrassed when they sniff crotches or hump our human friends’ legs? Yep. Yet this is completely acceptable behavior in the dog world. In the human world, not so much.
Dogs are amazingly adaptive and resilient and find ways to survive even in environments that aren’t particularly dog friendly. Most people want their dogs to thrive (versus being labeled with behavioral problems) and the best way to do that is to learn as much as possible about who dogs really are and what they need from us, say Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce in the enclosed advance copy of, Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible (March 5, 2019).
As the demand for dog trainers and veterinary behaviorists attests, dogs are not naturally adapted to living with and among modern humans. They give up a lot of freedom and instinctual pleasure, as well as their innate strategies for coping with stress and anxiety, in exchange for the comfort and care they get from humans.
Unleashing Your Dog builds on the latest research in canine science and provides many practical ways that allow dogs to exercise their senses, in addition to exercising their brains and their muscles. Bekoff and Pierce show that it is possible to let dogs be dogs without wreaking havoc on our own lives. They begin by illuminating the true nature of dogs and helping us “walk in their paws.” They reveal what smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing mean to dogs and then guide readers through everyday ways of enhancing a dog’s freedom in safe, mutually happy ways. The rewards, they show, are great — for dog and human alike.
Continuing to build on ways to “let your dog be a dog,” with as much patience and good will as possible, Bekoff and Pierce demonstrate how to give companion dogs the best life possible and provide a win-win for all. They are prepared to discuss with your audience:
- Their top three suggestions for easy ways for people to “unleash their dog”?
- Explaining that in addition to exercising muscles, joints, tendons, and bones, dogs need to exercise their senses — and why this is so important
- The importance of busting the myth that dogs are “just furry people.”
- Why they think that “citizen science” is so important for learning about dog behavior.
- The importance of dog training — it goes both ways to make it a true win-win. (continued)
Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and has received the Exemplar Award for long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior from the Animal Behavior Society. Marc writes regularly for Psychology Today and has published 31 books including The Emotional Lives of Animals. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. More info at www.MarcBekoff.com
Jessica Pierce is an Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School. She is the author of nine books, including The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives and Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets, has published essays in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian, and is a regular contributor to Psychology Today. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and an M.T.S. from Harvard University and now lives in Colorado. More information at www.JessicaPierce.net
Unleashing Your Dog:
A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible
By Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce
Pub. Date: March 5, 2019
Price: $15.95 / Trade Paper
Published by New World Library
Distributed by Publishers Group West
Sara Carson Wins National Dog Trainer of the Year Honor
2017 A Year to Rember for Trick Dog Trainer
Milltown, WI, December 15, 2017 (Newswire.com) - When it comes to dog trainers, few have had a bigger breakout year than the 2017 Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year - Sara Carson of The Super Collies.
Well known as the America's Got Talent finalist who moved from Canada to the United States and built a name for herself and her dog, Hero, while living out of her car, Sara inspired people from all across the country to pursue their dreams - even if others close to them do not share their passion.
Despite now being recognized as one of the top trick dog trainers in the world, the 23-year-old up and comer said, ''I don't think I've ever been nominated for an award before. ... It means a lot to me. I've been a dog trainer for about 12 years now. So just the fact that some people take time out of their day to vote for me says I'm doing something right I guess - because there are a lot of dog trainers. That support is really great. I'm really thankful for it.''
That's just one aspect that made this year's nomination for Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year Award so special. The other is the fact that joining her in the finals was another dog trainer she knows and respects - Dee Hoult of Applause Your Paws of Miami, Florida.
''I'm actually quite good friends with her,'' Sara said of Dee. ''I stayed at her house for a few days and went to her training facility. I'm supposed to be teaching there next year.''
In the meantime, Sara's still spending most of her time on the road - as she has done for the last 3 years after leaving the training facility she had started in Canada at the age of 15. Aside from the performance side of her job, Sara's also helping others train their dogs through an app, called Puppr, that she came out with less than a year ago and now reaches about 6,000 users per month.
''When I was on the road in my car, I wanted a way to kind of reach out to people more so we came up with that thing and it's been a really really cool experience, getting people just emailing me and sending in their footage of their training, and I help them digitally,'' she said.
As the winner of the Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year Award, Sara has chosen to receive Greatmats Dog Agility mats as her prize.
''I did just get a house which is super exciting,'' Sara said. ''I need a little indoor training space for my dogs, and I think that would be a super cool opportunity.''
Runner Up Dee Hoult
No stranger to having a strong support system in the dog world, Dee Hoult was still surprised and pleased to know that people are following her work and recognizing what she and her trainers at Applause Your Paws are doing.
''They really care and are really passionate about all of the things that we do,'' Dee said of her clients and community.
She also noted how much fun it was watching her supporters throughout the contest.
''I love how into it people get. I love being reminded how engaged my customer base really is. A majority of the people that contributed to our vote count are actually our customers. We have about 5,000 person customer base.''
Dee, who won her first blue ribbon with one of her dogs at age 5, is now 35 and has been a professional in the industry since 2006. She was nominated due to the work she has done in the Miami-Dade County Rehabilitation Boot Camp, helping inmates through dog training. But that is just one part of how she has inspired those around her. She is also passionate about helping community and county shelters lessen the number of animals that are euthanized each day by working with the transfer office to get friendly animals new homes in other parts of the country.
Sara and Dee combined to accumulate more than 2,500 votes in the annual contest, which saw its largest voting turnout ever. More than 3,800 total votes were cast in the 3rd Annual Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year Contest.
Talking About Pets to Start the New Year
Dr. Susan Dalton to be featured on Florida-based radio show “Talkin’ Pets Radio this Saturday, January 6th 2017.
SANTA BARBARA, CA (January, 2017) – When it comes to dog training and canine nutrition, few people know as
much about the subjects as certified dog trainer, Dr. Susan Dalton. With over ten years of experience training
dogs using positive reinforcement techniques, Dr. Dalton has dedicated herself to educating owners on how to
promote good behaviors with their troubled dogs so they will be happier, healthier, and more loyal. This
weekend, Jon Patch of “Talkin’ Pets Radio” will host Dr. Susan Dalton to explore her signature training
methodology and the unique dog treats that make this training extremely productive.
The show will air on Saturday, January 7th at 6:35 PM EST (3:35 PM PST). Listeners can tune in live at
http://talkinpets.com/new/media-gallery/listen-live-2.html to learn about dog training tips and for a chance to
win a bag of Dr. Dalton’s Premium Treats.
Dr. Dalton developed her Em-Pet-Thetic™ training methodology after the difficult challenge of training her own
dog, Cassie. From this experience, she learned the importance of establishing trust and understanding between
shy and aggressive dogs and their owners. Without a strong foundational bond, a dog can be reluctant or afraid
to respond to training efforts. In 2009, Dr. Dalton founded the California School for Dogs and has since trained
dozens of dogs using the principles of positive reinforcement and her Em-Pet-Thetic training program.
Positive reinforcement involves prompting good behaviors and rewarding them when they occur. Just like when
parents give their child something special for receiving good grades, giving dogs treats encourages them to
repeat the behavior. According to the Humane Society, positive reinforcement is one of the most powerful ways
to shape or change a dog’s behavior.1 In addition, Dr. Dalton contends that positive reinforcement is the basis
for addressing such undesirable behaviors as barking, running out the door, and teaching the command “stay.”
One of the cornerstones of positive reinforcement training is the frequent use of treats. Unhappy with the
choices of dog treats available, Dr. Dalton developed her very own high-quality treats: Dr. Dalton’s Premium
Treats. Made with just meat, these signature treats are high in protein and contain no additives, chemicals, or
preservatives, making them the ideal treat for training purposes. In fact, they are the only treat that Dr. Dalton
allows her clients to use during her Em-Pet-Thetic training sessions because they are nutritious and of high-value
to the dogs-in-training.
To find these special treats, go to www.drdalton.com.
About Dr. Susan Dalton and Dr. Daltons Premium Treats
Dr. Susan Dalton grew up surrounded by animals of all kinds - dogs, cats, chickens, snakes, and even salt water
fish. After receiving her Ph.D., she worked with troubled adolescents and served as both a university professor
and researcher. Dr. Dalton began training dogs after adopting Cassie, a 10-week old Border Collie who had been
rescued from under a car. Cassie was traumatized; fearful and aggressive. When Dr. Dalton consulted various
“experts” on how to best rehabilitate Cassie, all of the trainers she spoke with labeled the pup unworkable - a
Drawing upon her decades of experience in behavior modification, Dr. Dalton began reading everything she
could about dog training, and personally developed a highly effective program based on positive reinforcement.
Using this philosophy, she founded the California School for Dogs Inc. in 2009. Since then, Dr. Dalton has trained
hundreds of dogs - specializing in frightened, aggressive and traumatized animals.
With healthy treats being a cornerstone of her training program, Dr. Dalton wasn’t satisfied with the dog treat
options available to her. She started making her own treats in 2012, using clean and simple ingredients like
chicken, beef, and pork. It was her clients who convinced her to make her treats available for purchase. Since
then, Dr. Dalton has mastered the creation of a dog treat that is both healthy and doggy-delicious.
All of Dr. Dalton’s Premium Pet treats are sourced, produced, and packaged in the USA. They can be purchased
at www.DrDaltons.com and come in three flavors – Simply Beef, Simply Chicken and Meat Medley (made from
beef, chicken, and pork).
For more information about Dr. Dalton’s Premium Treats, or to interview Dr. Susan Dalton, please contact Gillian
THE LION IN THE LIVING ROOM
How House Cats Tamed Us And Took Over The World
“ Eminently readable and gently funny, Tucker's blend of pop science and social commentary will appeal to cat lovers as well as a broad general audience with an interest in natural history.”
—Library Journal STARRED Review
“Dig deep into the history, biology, and science of house cats in this charming, highly informative read that explains how cats came to rule.”—B&N Reads
“Fascinating… Cat lovers, keep watching those cute cat videos online, but back it up with this very serious look at what makes Tabby tick.”—Booklist
“A thoughtful look at the illogical human love of felines.”
“[An] intriguing history… Read this entertaining book and you will be convinced that house cats are ‘the most transformative invaders the world has ever seen.’”—Kirkus Reviews
“By turns funny and disturbing, The Lion in the Living Room is full of surprises. Like all the best non-fiction, it will make you think twice about the world around you.”– Elizabeth Kolbert, bestselling author of THE SIXTH EXTINCTION
“I recommend this book for cat lovers, cat haters, and anyone curious to learn how these mysterious creatures crept out of the Fertile Crescent and clawed their way into our hearts. I’ll never look at my own fluffy killing machine in quite the same way again.” –Mara Grunbaum, author of WTF, EVOLUTION?!
*Barnes & Noble Fall 2016 Discover Great New Writers Selection*
Cats are incredible creatures: they can live anywhere and can eat anything. They can tweak their sleeping schedules and social lives. They outnumber dogs, 3 to 1 worldwide. But unlike dogs (or most any other domesticated animal) cats offer humans no practical benefits. Still they rule our bedrooms, our stoops, back alleys and deserted Artic islands. We feed them, stroke them, clean their litter box. But how did this creature acquire such stature?
Abigail Tucker tell us why: THE LION IN THE LIVING ROOM: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World (Simon & Schuster; 10/18/16; $26.00) is a lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the Internet, and our hearts. She visits scientists and cat obsessive to mine the science and subculture of the housecat. She travels to La Brea tar pits to learn about the ancient ancestors: sabretooths, and giant cave lions. She visits a veterinarian, who is breeding leopard-cat hybrids in her basement. She attends a modern cat fancy (the Best in Show for cats) and investigates what a matchless killer does…with endless time indoors.
Tucker herself is the owner of Cheeto, a huge orange feline who once drove away a cat sitter because he so aggressively chased her in pursuit of food. Make no mistake, your sweet pet is a predator; and cats actually drive extinctions, particularly within island ecosystems.
Witty, intelligent, and always curious, Tucker shows how these tiny creatures have used their relationship with humans to become one of the most powerful animals on the planet. The appropriate reaction to a cuddly kitten, it seems, might not beawwbut awe.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Abigail Tucker is a correspondent forSmithsonianmagazine, where she has covered a wide range of topics from vampire anthropology to bioluminescent marine life to the archaeology of ancient beer. Her work has been featured in the Best America Science and Nature Writing series and recognized by the National Academy of Sciences. Tucker lives in Connecticut. The Lion in the Living Room is her first book.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
THE LION IN THE LIVING ROOM: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World
By Abigail Tucker
Published by Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
MODERN DOG PARENTING
Raising Your Dog or Puppy to be a Loving Member of Your Family
By Sarah Hodgson
"A must-read for a family who's getting their first dog. Lots of practical information on positive methods of training."—Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation "Modern Dog Parenting is groundbreaking, effective, compassionate, and fun. The overriding message? Learning shouldn’t be scary. It can be edutainment! Dogs look to us to teach, not bully them. It’s more than okay to love a dog like a child and view yourself as their parent—I do—everyone should! I’m excited to find another voice that inspires love, consideration, and respect for pets and their people."—Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian", New York Times bestselling author, and syndicated pet columnist
Sarah Hodgson is an accredited dog trainer with close to 30 years of experience who is well known for the “For Dummies” books on training. Her upcoming book, MODERN DOG PARENTING: Raising Your Dog or Puppy to Be a Loving Member of Your Family (St. Martin’s Griffin; On-Sale September 6) is a fun and accessible manual for all dog parents who want to train their dog with a focus on parenting, rather than dominating.
Dogs are very similar to humans in many ways – they are able to learn up to 250 words, count up to 5, and imitate human behaviors –so it make sense to treat these intelligent creatures a bit more like children. Hodgson’s family-oriented training methods and gentle style are all the rage right now, with many owners preferring to view their pet as a member of the family. In the vein of The Art of Raising a Puppy, she offers tips on everyday training topics, from choosing the right dog for your lifestyle to living with the pooch day by day. Sarah Hodgson rejects dominance-based training and gets astonishing results with a blend of wit, compassion, energy and proven skills. She communicates instructions clearly, directs behavior compassionately, and rewards success lavishly. Her students—both two- and four-legged—feel valued, confident, connected, and smart. She’s the dog mommy everyone wishes they had.
Sarah Hodgson has worked with several celebrity clients, including Chevy Chase, Katie Couric, Glenn Close, and Susan Sarandon, and her platform only continues to grow. She is a weekly HuffPo blogger and has appeared as a guest expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, The Animal Planet and more.
Including a foreword by bestselling author and well-known dog behaviorist Stanley Coren, MODERN DOG PARENTING will show readers that yes, you can love your dog and live with him too.
MODERN DOG PARENTING by Sarah Hodgson
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin; On-Sale September 6, 2016
ISBN-13: 9781250095541 | Price: $16.99 | Format: Trade Paperback
About the Author
A 30-year dog training veteran, Sarah Hodgson is an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the IAABC, and her positive training methods are endorsed by the American Veterinarian Medical Association, the American Humane Society, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior among others. She is a Huffington Post blogger and author of twelve dog training books.
For more information about Sarah Hodgson and Modern Dog Parenting please visit, WhenDogsTalk.com | @WhenDogsTalk
For more information, or to set up an interview with the author, please contact:
Praise for Modern Dog Parenting
"A must-read for a family who's getting their first dog. Lots of practical information on positive methods of training."
—Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation "Modern Dog Parenting is groundbreaking, effective, compassionate, and fun. The overriding message? Learning shouldn’t be scary. It can be edutainment! Dogs look to us to teach, not bully them. It’s more than okay to love a dog like a child and view yourself as their parent—I do—everyone should! I’m excited to find another voice that inspires love, consideration, and respect for pets and their people." —Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian", New York Times bestselling author, and syndicated pet columnist "Sarah Hodgson has written a wonderful primer for new dog or puppy owners. The book will also help current dog owners appreciate and understand their dog better and interact most favorably with their furry friend. Think Dogs 101 and you’re right on track with what this book will mean to those who strive for a better relationship with their dog and want to create a friend for life. I give it two paws up!"
—Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, Director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and author of Pets on the Couch "A must-read for all dog parents, whether first timers or seasoned. It is a valuable resource for veterinarians as well, many of whom, sometimes myself included, fall short when it comes to solving our patient’s behavior problems. This book has already been a big help to me with my 'not always so perfect' canine crew. Thank you Sarah!"
—Jeff Werber, DVM, nationally-recognized TV and radio host and Veterinarian to the Stars
Offers Cat Influenced Lessons on How to Live a Joyful and Inspired Life,
In Brand New Book
Purrs of Wisdom: Enlightenment, Feline Style
“Ingrid King brings us closer to understanding the everyday reality of cats and, finally, what we can learn about our own lives through better appreciating theirs.” – Jackson Galaxy, Host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell”
- The Benefits of Stretching;
- 7 Habits of Happy Cats and Humans;
- The Value of Doing Nothing;
- How to be Content;
- When Work Becomes Play;
- Take Time for Yourself;
- Random Acts of Kindness; and
- Accepting What Is.
Joel Silverman has trained animals for Hollywood films, TV, amusement parks, and he now devotes his forty years of professional experience to helping thousands of pet owners train their dogs.
Joel has worked behind the scenes on lots of shows and films, but he’s best known for Good Dog U—his top-rated Animal Planet series that ran from 1999 to 2009. Joel has also authored three books to share his expertise: What Color Is Your Dog?®, Take 2 – Training Solutions for Rescued Dogs, and Bond With Your Heart; Train With Your Brain®.
Joel’s first step has absolutely nothing to do with training—it’s developing a great relationship with your pet. If this is something you personally have not done, you really need to take a few steps back and simply get to know your dog. Spend 20 to 30 days learning your dog’s likes and dislikes.
Joel believes that if you have taken the time to create that bond, you have ensured your dog’s trust and laid a great foundation for your dogs’ training too. Because of that strong relationship, your dog will want nothing more than to please you, and that drive will motivate him in ways you can build on by knowing his likes and dislikes. This is a great way to start a fun and exciting training program!
In more recent years, Joel has stressed individualizing training that caters to dog’s personalities. All dogs are different, and in so many cases dog owners fall into the trap of a one-size-fits-all approach to dog training. Since dogs have such varied personalities, Joel believes they should be trained according to their individual make up. He has created a color scheme to represent dogs’ basic personality types. This helps pet owners characterize their dog to simplify and personalize training. The What Color is Your Dog?® model is easy for the owner to figure out, and makes training easier for the dog too. Joel’s book will help you assign your dog a color that represents the dog’s personality and helps you to understand your dog better. You can then use the color-specific techniques Joel suggests to give you and your dog the most effective and enjoyable training experience possible.
For the past 35+ years, Joel has gotten a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction out of teaching literally thousands of people about dog training and responsible pet ownership. Whether through his TV series, his books, or his videos—no matter how someone learned Joel’s methods, his biggest reward is someone coming up to him and saying, “thank you for making training easy and fun.”
Jillyn (aka Jilly/Rottigirl) has been training animals all her life. She grew up on a small ranch style setting in Florida riding the rodeo's with her champion barrel racer Buddy and showing and breeding dogs with her family until she started her own kennel in 1992 in Ca. 'Celestial Custom Rottweilers'.
Bachelors degree in Under Water Archeology with a minor in Computer Science and Psychology. She moved back to Fl in 2000 to continue showing her own champion Rotties and having Rotts as working SR dogs, she's been a writer and photographer for The New Barker Magazine of Fl. for the past 10 years. She works the eastern seaboard of all Dog Shows, including the Westminster Kennel Club Show in NYC and Eukanuba Nationals in Orlando Fl. She is well versed in organic nutrition for dogs which has become an one going education for all of her dog clients. She opened Celestial Custom Dog Services of Tampa Bay six years ago incorporating Handling for Confirmation and Show, Basic Obedience , Private Boarding, Family Training with Dog (s), Doggy Day Care and all around animal care for families with pets of all kinds.
The love of her life is currently XerXex Kaillias Keiran. He's an ICE Champion and AKC competitor for championships. He is a certified service dog and hoping to finish his National Search and Rescue license this year.
Celestial Custom Dog Services
of Tampa Bay
The New Barker Magazine
LifeVantage Canine Health
St. Frances Dog Rescue Temperament Testing
ABOUT THE BOOK
Tired of your dog slobbering on your face? Trying to minimize mouthing? What supplies do you need before you bring home a new puppy? What do you do during a thunderstorm or with an elderly animal? For 15 years, Adopt-a-Pet.com has brought companions into the lives of thousands and now, for the first time ever, the editors at Adopt-a-Pet.com present The Total Dog Manual, a comprehensive guide to understanding your furry friend.
From understanding a dog’s anatomy and those deep-down doggie instincts to training methods and grooming tips, all the information you need to understand your dog is now at your fingertips. Broken up into three sections–behavior, training and care–and easily organized from puppy-hood to old age, you will learn tips on curbing bad habits, teaching basic commands, vacationing with your dog, communicating effectively and much, much more. The Total Dog Manual’s easy to follow format and step-by-step training methods makes this your foolproof guide to dog care.
Dr. Pia Salk specializes in social justice and the human-animal bond.
In both her clinical work and in her writing, Pia addresses topics ranging from the loss of a personal companion animal to the climate of animal welfare as it relates to social justice on a broader scale.
Her writing is included in the recently published, Pet Loss and Human Emotion. And her extensive involvement in the animal rescue effort following hurricane Katrina has been featured on such shows as Animal Planet’s Hurricane Heroes and 20/20 to name a few. Pia is the spokesperson for www.Adopt-A-Pet.com , North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website. This site gives adoptable animals national exposure and a chance at being adopted into loving homes.
Pia hosts The Save-a-Pet show and is a contributing writer on the Adopt-a-Pet.com website. She covers such topics as why adopting not only saves lives, but makes for good parenting and promotes pro-social behavior in today’s youth.
You may also recognize Pia as a frequent guest on The Martha Stewart Show, where she highlights the important role that animals play in our lives and how our societal treatment of animals conveys important messages to our youth. Pia is also a regular guest contributor to The Martha Stewart blog, "The Daily Wag"
Pia has developed programs that pair at-risk teens with animals who share similar histories of abuse and neglect. According to one of her Psychologist colleagues, “She may be little in stature, but she is big on personality. The kids and animals she works with love her ability to roll around and get dirty, both physically and emotionally. She has a knack for reading both animals and humans!”.
Dr. Salk brings her own rescued animals into her clinical work. And she often credits the animals as being “the real therapists.”