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Dog Training - The Right and Wrong Way to Reward and Punish

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jul 29, 2019 5:28:51 PM


Choke collars, and bark collars may seem like the perfect investment to train your dog to stop unwanted behavior — after all, that's exactly how they are marketed.

But just like those super long prescription drug commercials, the unwanted side effects of these products are often much worse than the original problem.

On today's show, PV's certified dog trainer and behavior consultant, Cathy Madson, teaches us all about aversives, the four quadrants of operant conditioning, and better methods for training your dogs to listen to you.

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Topics: Dog Training, Dog Collars, Dog Behavior, adult dog tips, puppy tips, aggression in dogs, aversives, Fear Free Training

The Benefits of Senior Pet Adoption

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jul 1, 2019 8:12:53 PM


This episode, Dr. J, Cathy, and I talk about the many benefits of adopting senior dogs and cats. Unfortunately, they are often overlooked at the shelters, but we believe a lot of that may be due to misunderstanding and misinformation.

Seniors are filled with love, and many are also filled with a whole lot of life! You may be surprised at how well an older dog or cat fits in with your lifestyle.

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Topics: Dog Behavior, Senior Pets, adult dog tips, pet adoption, Senior Dogs, Senior Cats

What to Do if You Find a Lost Dog or Cat

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jun 3, 2019 6:07:48 PM

On today's show, Dr. J, Cathy, and I walk you through the steps of what to do if you should ever come across a dog or cat you think is lost.

Every situation is different, and it can be really tricky to know what to do in the moment.

But whether you're short on time and can only do the bare minimum, or if you're in it for the long haul until the owner is found, there are plenty of ways you can help, and thanks to the Internet, a growing number of resources available to aid in speedy reunions.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Behavior, Lost Cat, Dog Body Language, adult dog tips, puppy tips, Off Leash Dog, Calming signals, lost dog

What to Do When a Loose Dog Approaches

Posted by Mia Horberg on May 20, 2019 2:02:17 PM


On today’s episode, we give Dr. J a break and I sit down with PV's dog behavior and training expert, Cathy Madson, to discuss what you should do, and what you shouldn’t do, if you’re ever approached by an off-leash dog.

It’s a really important episode, because the answers aren’t as intuitive as you might think. So pay attention because these tips could really come in handy if you’re ever in this situation.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Behavior, Dog Body Language, adult dog tips, puppy tips, Off Leash Dog, Calming signals

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Every other week, Dr. Jason Nicholas (Dr. J), and his co-host Mia, will bring you preventive health and safety information for your cats and dogs. Dr. J started Preventive Vet in response to the many heartbreaking, and preventable cases he saw in the veterinary emergency room, and in his general practice work. Mia is an animal lover, with two fur babies of her own, and will be doing her best to represent the listeners, and get as much info out of Dr. J as she can.

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