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The snake and us

I’m wandering around the garden, all relaxed, when this long, thin creature comes creeping along and sneaks right up onto our porch. How did I miss that? I almost always watch to make sure no strange animals come in here.

My dog friend Mikroula has noticed it, too. But we don’t really dare attack it. Our three cats have also woken up. We all chase the strange intruder.

“Woof, woof, woof!!” I bark excitedly. Where is my master? He needs to come and see this animal. I run around the house looking for him.

“What’s up, Zozo?” Nikolas asks me. 

“Woof! Come!” I bark and point with my head towards the corner of the house. Then I run back to Mikroula, the cats, and the creature.

“Oh, a snake! A young snake,” says Nikolas when he arrives.

The snake looks at him. The cats want to seize the animal with their paws. But it raises its head up high and snaps at us really fast. Grisa hisses a little, but the rest of us would rather just gather around in a circle and stare at the creature in amazement. We all stand there waiting for an order.

Nikolas fetches a stick to drive it away. I want to help my master, but how do I chase this thing? I can’t grab it, and Nikolas won’t let me, anyway.

“No, Zozo!” he says sharply. “Out!” He also holds back Mikroula and the cats.

Everyone is excited. But before we can do anything, the creature swiftly slithers away and disappears into the next bush, and from there into the neighbor’s garden.

© Anna Roth 2013

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Positive training creates a happy relationship between you and your pet

by Vasilis Borompokas

The positive training can be applied to many kinds of animals. This incentive practice helps to mobilize your pet. It learns happily to respond to your commands, and you don´t have to pressure or force your dog.


This method was demonstrated beyond any doubt by Keller Breland (1915–1965) and Marian Kruse (1920 – 2001), who have been students of psychologist B.F. Skinner (1904 – 1990) and later a couple in life. B.F. Skinner believed that human free will is an illusion and that any human action is the result of the consequences of the same action. If the consequences are bad, there is a high chance that the action will not be repeated; however if the consequences are good, the actions that led to it will become more possible[1].
Earlier animal trainers had historically relied primarily on punishment when teaching animals. Keller and Marian Breland instead followed Skinner’s emphasis on the use of positive reinforcement to train animals, using rewards for desired behavior. Related to documents of the time of the 1940s, the couple trained almost 140 animal species including dogs, pigs, rats, cats, ravens, dolphins and wales by using the method of clicker and reward[2].

How does positive training look like in practice?

Consider the following example: We have a dog who has been rewarded each time his butt is resting on the floor. Automatically the dog captures the sequence and tries again to gain the reward. So when an animal perceives only good feelings in demand and action, it automatically facilitates the training. The animal understands more to interact and starts enjoy learning!

Simply said, “When reward becomes a behavior, there are more chances that the positive response will occur again”.

The responsibility that we train a dog in the right way is definitely ours, and we must be firm and clear towards the dog.


When do you use the positive training?

A very important part of positive training is that it can be applied to dogs from a very young age. Positive reinforcement has a positive impact on your daily life with your pet. Common things for us, like the sounds of the city, a car ride, a visit to the Mall, can be combined to some good experience for the puppy if associated with treats.

The puppy senses the process like this:
‘bus noise’ + ‘treat’ = good, so ‘bus noise’ = good.

Positive training helps to recover difficult pets.

With positive education we can easier reach out to sensitive and shy animals, simply because by a “click” you encourage their good behavior. During practice, it is necessary that you provide patience.

I have personally trained dozens of fearful and antisocial dogs, simply “breaking” their negative story in their mind, by approaching and rewarding them. So they slowly could let go of fear and mistrust and became more relaxed and extroverted. They started to play and feeling more comfortable in society.

What is the outcome of positive training?

In conclusion, it is a method that if we use it correctly, it creates animals with a calm nature, confidence, curiosity and willingness to learn. It takes practice to know how to use the clicker in a right way, because positive reinforcement does not mean that at every moment you will feed your dog.

To get more information about Borompokas Vasilis, who is a professional trainer, please visit

[1] Source: Wikipedia
[2] Source: Wikipedia

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Xenia with her beloved wool blanket wishes you Happy Valentine!


Exif_JPEG_PICTURE The little Griffon mix loves nothing more than her wool blanket. When her mistress prepares it on the bed, she wobbles directly there and is waiting for her massage. Then she cuddles together with mom and dad in bed. Xenia is a happy dog, and she wants you to be happy, too!




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From dogphobia to doglove

Lupo is the dog of my friend. One week I took care about the 1 1/2 year old Labradormix. Now he is laying beside me on the coach and enjoys cuddling, while I read the introduction story from my book “Who is the coach here?”.

Having a dog beside me and being relaxed was not always like this. My former dog phobia was so strong and needed urgently to be resolved. As I studied at that climax of my fear Fine arts, I decided to discover the root of my fear and to paint it away. After three weeks I could approach dogs normally, with more interest to observe and study them.

Who is the coach here? – from dog phobia to dog love through painting the fear away

Who is the Coach here? – dogs talk about their own life

Lupo-Mousy doesn´t have yet a voice in my book, but therefore are a lot of other stories from Labradors, Rottweilers, French bulldogs or Poodles. But also mixed-breed dogs know to tell stories.

Who is the coach here? – from dogs we can learn what is forgiveness, unconditional love and trust


my blog on Huffington Post

This is what I call an exciting week! Two days ago, my first article was published on Huffington Post UK. My article Redefining success – How to create a happy and successful life relates to Arianna’s book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. I am very excited and proud to be now an official blogger of Huffington Post UK and hopefully later on Huffington Post US. Please share and like. Also you can click to be updated for future articles. I am curious about your comments and about posting in future on this important magazine. Cheers! Anna