Susan Nilson began her career with Reuters in London, England, and has over 15 years’ editorial experience in print and digital publications across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She is currently managing editor of BARKS from the Guild. She is also a companion animal behavior consultant and trainer (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) and an accredited professional canine behavior consultant (Pet Professional Accreditation Board).

Dog Found Tied To Tree Euthanized

Hyde Park, NY: reports that a dog who was found tied to a tree had to be euthanized a couple of weeks after he was found. Lynne Meloccaro, executive director of the Dutchess County SPCA, said that Pesci, as the dog was named after being rescued, began having trouble breathing and was humanely euthanized. Melocarro said Pesci’s condition deteriorated despite […]

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Dog Trainers Warning Owners off TV Series Advice

Auckland, New Zealand: Stuff reports dog training experts as saying the methods used in Cesar to the Rescue, currently showing on Choice TV, are damaging. The show features Cesar Millan, a reality TV dog trainer whose philosophy is based on outdated and inaccurate dominance theory. Mark Weaver, president of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand, is reported as saying […]

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Trainer Charged with Neglect Following Dog’s Death from Heatstroke

Union County, SD: Siouxland News reports that a “nearly one-year-old Bouvier Des Flanders named Ned died at a local vet’s office after allegedly being left overnight in a van by Chris Railsback, the owner of Midwest Dog Training.” According to the report, court documents detail that Ned was given to Railsback on June 6, 2019 by his owner to start […]

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Dog Trainer Arrested After Three Dogs Died In Her Car

Fort Worth, TX: CBSDFW reports that police have arrested dog trainer Sherry Taylor who left three “soon-to-be service dogs in a hot car…where they later died.” Taylor has been charged with three different animal cruelty felonies. According to the report, owners Brooke King and Leslie Kurtz got the call that their dogs, Vinny and Alice, had been involved in an […]

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Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand Warns against Reality TV Training

Auckland, New Zealand: The Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand (APDTNZ) has warned TV viewers against using dog training methods depicted in the TV series “Cesar to the Rescue” currently screening on Choice TV across the nation. “Accredited peer reviewed research has shown time and again that modern humane science-based training methods are the most effective at improving behaviour […]

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Widow of Georgia Dog Trainer Charged with Animal Cruelty

Dalton, GA: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Morgan Kinder, the widow of a local dog trainer, has been indicted on 22 counts of animal cruelty. According to the report, “Kinder’s late husband, 46-year-old Stephen Kinder, operated a dog training business in Cleveland but housed many of the animals at the couple’s Georgia home, officials said. Authorities were sent first to […]

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