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Anne Marie Duquette

Stephanie Keesey-Phelan, Ph.D., BCBA, CSAT, CCUI, FFCP, Canine Behavior Analyst

I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and have a doctoral degree in Behavior Analysis. At The Dog Behavior Institute (DBI), I work with my colleague and co-founder Ran Courant-Morgan to provide dog behavior consultation…

Contest News | April 22, 2024

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Anne Marie Duquette

Susan Bulanda, M.A., C.A.B.C., Dog Lover and History Buff

I wrote my book for a general audience, especially dog lovers and history buffs. I am a certified animal (dog and cat) behavior consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. I also have…

Contest News | April 18, 2024

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Merrie Meyers

Pitching and Punting

For many of you, pitching a story is a no-brainer. You could do it in your sleep. You have a solid reputation of delivering for a chosen media outlet, and they only have to read…

Tips & Tactics | April 17, 2024

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Merrie Meyers

Amy Shojai Named Hall of Fame Winner

Certified animal behavior consultant, Amy Shojai, CABC, has been named the Dog Writers Association of America’s (DWAA) Hall of Fame Winner.  Certified animal behavior consultant, Amy Shojai, CABC, has been named the Dog Writers Association…

Hall of Fame | April 13, 2024

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Angela Capodanno

Managing Your DWAA Membership

You may have noticed changes to the DWAA website in recent months, including improvements to the Writing Competition entry process, and how we published the entries for public viewing. In this article, I’d like to…

Tips & Tactics | April 8, 2024

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Merrie Meyers

Dog Writers Association of America Announces Writing Competition Winners

The Dog Writers of Association of America (DWAA) recently announced the winners of its 2023 Writing Competition. DWAA, founded in 1935, is the nation’s oldest professional organization dedicated to those involved in promoting the interest…

Contest News | March 24, 2024

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Merrie Meyers

2023 Writing Contest Opens

Today, the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) announced the kickoff of the annual DWAA Writing Contest. Journalists, authors, bloggers, photographers, illustrators, editors and young writers can compete in a variety of categories for the…

Contest News | September 11, 2023

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Lauren Marcotte

My Journey to Becoming a Therapy Dog Handler

It was a normal day during sixth grade when my class, along with other sixth-grade classes, were brought to the library for a presentation. Little did I know that this presentation would change my life…

Young Writers on the Web | August 31, 2023

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Samantha Schwarz

The Building Blocks of Dog Tricks

Canine trick training is a great way to build your dogs confidence; learn what learning styles work best for your dog and have a lot of fun with them. When doing tricks with your dog…

Young Writers on the Web | August 6, 2021

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Nikolas Anthony Klimenko

A Midnight Walk

 As I walked into the misty forest the cold air hit me like a block of stone  the intense silence seemed to make the midnight chill ever colder as the growling of dogs and shouting…

Young Writers on the Web | August 4, 2021

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Jayson Kimberly

A Night With Summer

In the fall of 2019, I was invited by Abandoned Animal Rescue (AAR) of Magnolia, Texas, to participate in “A Night in the Dog House,” a unique event to raise funds for their rescue animals.…

Young Writers on the Web | February 8, 2021

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Mia Marie Lussier

A Peach Among Pups

Peaches! Out of the flowers! Peaches! Off the pool cover! Peaches! Not on the counter! Peaches! Peaches is not what you would call an ordinary dog. She is mischievous, crazy, and any other word that…

Young Writers on the Web | August 25, 2020