Pet training tricks

Pet training tricks

Pet training ranges from military-style approaches to treat-for-trick methods, says Ken Baechtold, who with his wife, Lisa, owns highly rated Gentle Dog in Overland Park, Kan. His approach is in the middle of the two extremes, he says, but he encourages pet owners to watch a class and make sure they agree with a trainer’s approach before paying. “If the trainer won’t allow you to watch a class before you pay, write them off your list,” he says, and adds that you should seek a money-back guarantee.11 — Percentage of dog owners who sought professional training in 2010.5 — Top dog behavior problems trainers can fix: barking, destruction, jumping up, running away despite being called, pulling hard on a leash.5 — World record for number of tennis balls a dog can pick up and hold in its mouth, held by Augie, a golden retriever from Dallas.1.2 — Dog intelligence as measured by the Encephalization Quotient, the ratio of actual brain mass to predicted brain mass for an animal’s size. Cats have an EQ of 1.0; humans, between 7.4 and 7.8.$96,630 — Average annual wage of animal trainers in the movie industry, compared with $20,150 in retail stores.$448 — Average cost Angie’s List members report paying for pet training. The American Kennel Club advises people to prepare to spend $340 for initial training and supplies, and $254 a year for ongoing training.20 — Number of different explosives odors a dog must detect to earn certification from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.1 to 2 — Recommended number of dog training lessons each week, which research indicates leads to faster learning than daily sessions. 8 — Average number of weeks to change established behavior problems.7.8 — Seconds, the fastest time ever recorded in a Cat Fanciers’ Association feline agility competition. The course includes 10 obstacles.Sources: Guinness World Records; Journal of Veterinary Behavior; Trends 
in Cognitive Sciences; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Tufts University Animal Behavior Clinic; International Journal of Comparative Psychology; Bureau of Labor Statistics; Cat Fanciers’ Association; American Kennel Club; Applied Animal Behavior Science; American Pet Products Association; American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

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