Flower the black and white hooded rat

Nose work training with Flower the rat

At the very end of 2013, I audited an online nose work class offered through Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, which was taught by Margaret Simek. It was a lot of fun and left me even more fascinated with the sport of canine nose work. I worked through most of the exercises in the course with […]

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Dexter the schnoodle practices coming when called

Dog treat review: Primal turkey liver treats

Last month, the dogs and I had the chance to review some really yummy freeze-dried turkey liver treats from Chewy.com. They were the Turkey Liver Munchies from Primal, which are available on Chewy’s website here. Now, when I hear the phrase “freeze-dried turkey liver,” that doesn’t exactly sound like something I’d like to have for […]

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Sunday Science: What is a concept?

Science Sunday posts are short posts about the science of animal behavior and training. They often feature a quote or a passage of text. Spend a moment today thinking about the ideas in the post. As always, you can share your thoughts or questions in the comments section. “What is a concept? This is another […]

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Enrichment toys for cats

In recently years, there’s been a huge increase in interactive toys and food puzzle toys for dogs. While there are some of these types of toys for cats, I think there is a lot larger selection of fun interactive dog toys. This is unfortunate, as many cats are quite active and playful and would enjoy […]

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Flower the black and white hooded rat

Flower learns about luring

I’ve been reading through Kay Laurence’s Clicker Foundation Training: Level 1 book. The book deals with many important foundation skills, such as food delivery, targeting, shaping, and adding cues. This is a book that I’ve read through several times, but there are lots of gems packed into it and I find new ones each time […]

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Flower the rat

Flower learns to touch a target

This week, Flower is learning to touch a target! Flower is one of my young rats. Even though I’ve had her about a year, I have not done a whole lot of training with her. (Although, she has learned some really cute tricks.) We have lots of training plans for this fall, though! Targeting is […]

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