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Labor Day Homage to Working Animals

From New York Newsday's column ANIMAL HOUSE:

Today the "job" of most companion animals is to be objects of affection. But animal behaviorists tell us what should be common sense: The more intelligent the creature, the greater its need for industriousness. Deprived of creative stimulation, birds pluck their own feathers, cats shred upholstery and dogs chomp expensive moldings.

The Payson Roundup: Setting goals for better behavior

The Payson Roundup has a nice article on dog training using the clicker that doesn't focus on the clicker itself as much as modifying behavior.

Clicker Puppy needs your help!

The Clicker Puppy DVD has been nominated for the Dog Training Excellence 2005 award and the Innovation Award 2005 by the International Positive Dog Training Association. This is awarded based on votes from peers. It would be great chance for media exposure for clicker training if the DVD were to win this award.

"Clicking with Canines" Press in Binghamton, NY

Steve Benjamin of Clicking with Canines sent us a great piece from the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin that discusses clicker training in depth. Unfortunately, the newspaper's website archives all articles over 7 days, so I can't link directly to it, but here are some highlights:

Setting the dog training story straight in the local news

This story of clicker training in the news comes from a ClickerExpo attendee who, well, I'll let her describe it: Below is a link to an article which recently ran in our local paper. The catch is, although I am clicker trainer, clickers are not directly mentioned. I was responding to a previous article promoting Bark Busters and their philosophy stressing the importance of insuring your dominance over the dog. The article also stressed how it is so unnecessary to give your dog treats to get him to respond.