I have been struggling with a website a friend shared with me.* Read more
“A tired dog is a good dog.”
Ugh. Seriously? A good dog is a good dog from the moment they wake up in the morning. Read more
I realize that most people do not intend to insult dogs when they say the following things about them, but if I were a dog, I’d find them less than complimentary. Read more
I’m an open-minded trainer and dog owner who has looked at and considered the merits of a variety of different training techniques.
Dogs have been as successful as they have been because of their ability to cooperate with us, not because of our ability to dominate them. Read more
If you’ve ever gone for a walk in the woods or in the mountains and followed a well-used trail, getting from point A to point B is just a question of glancing down now and then to make sure you’re still on the path. Read more
The story I am about to tell you is true, the names have been changed to protect the foolish (albeit well-intentioned). Read more
The holidays are approaching. You may be worried about your canine crew mixing with friends and relatives for festive get-togethers, but a little planning can make the holidays more enjoyable for all.
A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the effects of military service work on dogs. That dogs can and do suffer from disorders attributable to stress may be revelatory to some, for people doing rescue or behavioral work with dog, it’s old news. Read more
When animals are afraid (and you can include yourself in this example) we see one or more of the following four responses. Keep in mind that without lots of practice we, or our dogs, do not have cognitive control over reactions to being afraid. Read more