Welcome to the Dog Division

The IAABC Dog Division welcomes both seasoned and aspiring professional Dog Behavior Consultants. Learn via discussion lists, guided studies, case study tutorials, mentoring, and networking. We work together to enhance the lives of dogs and their people.

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Renee Premaza, CDBC

Renee Premaza, CDBC

Renee Premaza is a graduate With Distinction from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute (formerly Cynology College). She is the owner of The Jersey Dog Trainer and has been professionally training dogs of all breeds and ages since 2001. She is a Certified Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants – Dog Division, and a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

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Jack Grever, ACDBC

Jack Grever, ACDBC

Jack Grever founded Longshot Farms Canine Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Clover, SC.

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Don Hanson, ACCBC, BFRAP, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Don Hanson, ACCBC, BFRAP, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Don Hanson, ACCBC, BFRAP, CDBC, CPDT-KA (member since 2005) left a 17 year career in the corporate world to move to Bangor, ME to purchase Green Acres Kennel Shop in 1995. Since then Don, his wife Paula, and their team of employees have been offering pet-friendly boarding, daycare, grooming, training classes, behavioral consultations and the sale of wholesome pet food and quality supplies to pet lovers in the greater Bangor community.

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Pamela Dennison, Positive Motivation Dog Training

Pamela Dennison, Positive Motivation Dog Training

Pamela Dennison, CWRI, CDBC (member since 2004) started her own business, Positive Motivation Dog Training, in 1996. Since then she has helped thousands of dogs and handlers build their relationships and solve problems, teaches basic obedience through competition and works with a myriad of behavioral problems, including aggression.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

As a kid growing up, I had my favorite holidays.  In my opinion, Christmas always had the top spot and Halloween came in a close second!  As we approach Halloween, I am noticing a growing number of pet dog owners are not looking at this time of year with the same sentimental nostalgia that I have.  Actually, some owners refer to Halloween as “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.

Here’s the good news:  More and more people are asking for advice to help them understand why their dog exhibits unusual behaviors on Halloween and what they can do to make this evening a safe and less stressful time for everyone.  Let’s begin by taking a look at Halloween from a canines perspective:

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Teaching Dogs about children

Teaching Dogs about children

Several years ago, Robert Fulghum wrote a book entitled. “All I Ever Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”. In his book, he speaks about how people can live a meaningful life by learning from experiences that occur while attending kindergarten. Share everything. Play fair. Don't take things that aren't yours. Don't hit people. If I was going to write a similar book (from a dog’s perspective), it might be titled: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in my Whelping Box. Some of my thoughts would be similar to Robert Fulgham’s, however “Don't hit people” would most likely be changed to “Don’t bite people”.

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Can’t we all get along?

Can’t we all get along?

Why can’t people and dogs just get along? Here are the top five conflict causing behaviors, offered as New Year Resolutions, with some tips on how you can mediate to achieve success all year long.

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Dear Inquisitive Canine -January 2013 - This New Year’s, Resolve to Solve: Keep Dogs Out of Shelters

Dear Inquisitive Canine -January 2013 - This New Year’s, Resolve to Solve: Keep Dogs Out of Shelters

The new year is officially here. For many, this means creating lists of resolutions with intentions of modifying one’s behavior. In honor of this tradition, my sidekick,  Poncho, and I have decided to join in, talking about resolutions to help dogs stay in their homes and out of animal shelters. We encourage you to team up with us and add the dogs of your community — whether your own or someone else’s — to your list of personal achievements.

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Dear Inquisitive Canine - December 2012 - Greeting Politely

Dear Inquisitive Canine - December 2012 - Greeting Politely

Dear Joan and Poncho-
If I arrive at a friend’s home dressed well, and they haven’t trained their dog to keep from jumping, what should I say to keep the peace, while keeping my clothes in one piece as well?
Cheers!
Lisa, CREATIVEGoddess

Dear Lisa,
Allow me and Poncho to commend you on taking such a proactive approach to helping your friend’s dog develop good canine manners, including helping them train their dog to not jump on guests!

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Social Learning Theory and Animals:  Observational/Imitation Learning

Social Learning Theory and Animals:  Observational/Imitation Learning

In human psychology, Albert Bandura, a self-described social-cognitive psychologist developed Social Learning Theory in the 1970’s (Bandura,1977). Bandura’s Social Learning Theory was rooted in Learning Theory but added the social element.  Social Learning Theory added that learning and new behaviors can occur through modeling, or, watching other people.  Can, or does, the same happen with animals? Do animals learn new behaviors by simply watching other animals?

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