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About transformational1

I have many interests and I have had a varied career. I am a semi-retired professional dog trainer, specialising in the use of positive reinforcement. I do some consultations, I run instructor workshops and I am setting up a Dogs and Psychotherapy Research Project. I have a law degree from Melbourne University (but have never practiced) and I am passionate about Human Rights. My first degree was in Sociology. I worked as a social researcher on issues such as low income housing, women's refuges and women in the workforce. I live in an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia, and I have a German Shepherd called Chance.

K9 Nose Fun

Wagging School presents an Introduction to Noseworks Workshop, with Angela Hervey-Tennyson. Date: Saturdays 27 June, 4 & 11 July 2015 Time: 2 – 5 pm  Venue: DogZone, 52 North St Richmond. Fully air-conditioned and heated. Plenty of off-street parking Cost: … Continue reading

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Paris and Clancy say goodnight

Kaye Hargreaves Wagging School Landline (03) 9489-5095 Mobile 0477 975 012 “There is much to learn about dogs. There is also much about people to be learned by studying dogs.” Clarence Pfaffenberger, 1963

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The many ways we misinterpret animal behavior

http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2015/01/26/the-many-ways-misinterpret-animal-behavior/px8vixoc091B9FpxWa2vVJ/story.html?event=event25

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Companion Animal Psychology

There has been discussion recently about how trainers promote themselves, and how dog owners can judge whether a trainer is any good or not. Here are some more thoughts. Companion Animal Psychology

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Zoomies: Why Does My Dog Get Them?

Clancy does zoomies. In his case, he loves to run around at break neck speed, preferably in big circles in the back yard on on an oval. I think this is different from frapping (having frantic random activity periods), which … Continue reading

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Companion Animal Psychology

What a wonderful summary of doggy science! Companion Animal Psychology

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Specially trained dogs alert diabetics to blood sugar

Diabetic Alert dogs are increasingly being used to detect low blood sugar before the person is aware of it. Of course there is a huge demand, as diabetes is very widespread. This article is about a trainer in the US, … Continue reading

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Using electric cattle prod on two dogs nets Edmonton man jail term

It’s good to see a judge using common sense to decide that punishment like this is inappropriate for dogs. http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/05/07/using-electric-cattle-prod-on-two-dogs-nets-edmonton-man-prison-term?

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Historical photos of dogs

I have been interested for some time in historical images of dogs, especially images of the ancestors of modern breeds. It is a shock to see how much some breeds have changed. This picture of a pointer from 150 years … Continue reading

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Dogs’ Hormones Adjust to Match Those of Owners

Another study on the intriguing relationship between dogs and people. http://news.discovery.com/animals/pets/dog-hormones-adjust-to-match-those-of-owners-150507.htm

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