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The Comprehensive Guide to Positive Muzzle Training for Dogs: Step-by-Step, Science-Backed Methods for Safe and Effective Training

Dog happily wearing a basket muzzle as a result of positive muzzle training techniques

Positively Conditioning Your Dog to a Basket Muzzle: A Comprehensive, Evidence-Based Guide By Will Bangura, M.S., CDBC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, FFCP, (Dog Behaviorist), Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. Introduction Conditioning your dog to wear a muzzle can be an invaluable training tool for various behavioral or safety reasons. Whether you’re dealing with reactive behavior, medical issues that […]

Debunking Myths About Positive Reinforcement in Dog Training: A Comprehensive Guide

Differential Reinforcement

Debunking Myths: Understanding Positive Reinforcement and Differential Reinforcement By Will Bangura, M.S., CDBC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, FFCP, (Dog Behaviorist,) Certified Dog Behavior Consultant The Myths and Why They Persist Myth 1: Positive Reinforcement Trainers Don’t Say ‘No’ Why It Persists The cultural myth of the stern, dominant dog trainer has been deeply ingrained through media and […]

Research and Organizations Against Aversive Tools and Training Methods in Dog Training

Never Punish Dog Aggression

Studies Against the Use of Aversives in Training Dogs These studies, along with many others, provide evidence that the use of aversive methods and tools in dog training is unnecessary and can cause more harm than good. Positive reinforcement training methods are effective, and humane, and promote a strong bond between the dog and their […]

Dog Phobias

Dog Phobias

Dog Phobias by Will Bangura, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, (Dog Behaviorist,) Certified Behavior Consultant Dogs are wonderful companions, but like humans, they can develop phobias or irrational fears of certain situations or stimuli. These phobias can significantly impact a dog’s quality of life and cause distress for both the dog and its owner. Understanding the signs and […]

Dispelling the Myth: Feeding a Scared Dog Will Not Make It Worse

Feeding a scared dog will not make it worse

Dispelling the Myth: Feeding a Scared Dog Will Not Make It Worse by Will Bangura, M.S., CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, (Dog Behaviorist), Certified Behavior Consultant. As a Certified Behavior Consultant and Certified Professional Dog Trainer, it is essential to dispel myths and misconceptions about dog behavior and training. One of the most persistent and harmful myths is […]