By Your Dog’s Friend, a nonprofit in Rockville, MD with Force-free, positive dog training, workshops, & advice. What Is Resource Guarding? Resource guarding refers to a dog displaying behavior (growling, snapping, etc.) intended to convince other dogs or humans to stay away from a particular treasure or “resource.”  The resource can be food, treats, toys,…

What is taurine-deficiency dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), and how can dog owners prevent it? (Hint: It involves more than just grain-free foods.) By Linda P. Case – Find the most recent version of this article HERE. TAURINE FOR DOGS: OVERVIEW Dietary Risk Factors for Reduced Taurine Status: – Low-protein diet (limited taurine precursors)– Heat-damaged or poor-quality protein sources–…

Introducing & maintaining cohesiveness among Dogs and Cats. By Sherry Woodard, Best Friends animal behavior consultant   Some dogs do fine living with cats; others simply cannot live safely with felines. Sometimes, a dog can live with certain cats (depending on their age, temperament and activity level), but not others. Even if your dog has successfully…

Trainer Margo is a Psychometrist with a Bachelor of Science of Psychology and Master of Clinical Social Work. Within these, she has a strong background in Learning Theory, Behavioral Theories, and Cognitive Psychology, which are great assets to her abilities as a dog trainer and instructor. Those skills give a firm understanding of the science…