Toys!

When I suggested a client use toys for enrichment to improve the life of her lonely/bored dog who doesn’t L∙O∙V∙E dog daycare I realized others could also benefit from the information and ideas. Let me share what I know about dogs and toys to help you get started. WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM TOYS? Dogs who get into trouble when left […]

Puppy Stuff Featured

It is so exciting to bring a new puppy, or older dog, into your home for the first time! It’s all about cuddling, mutual appreciation, and warm fuzzies… right? MAYBE NOT We may find, to our frustration and sometimes fear, a new pup is also a challenge at first. I remember the first two weeks of my daughter’s life as […]

Clicker Training Basics

At this point you’re probably living under a rock if you haven’t at least heard the term, Clicker Training… not that there’s anything wrong with that… So what is it? Many trainers, unfortunately, don’t really get it. If you’d had an experience with it and been unimpressed, please read on. I hope I can encourage you to add this valuable […]

1: The Dead Dog

“A dog’s been hit, beside Red Rover on Jackson” a customer reported by phone shortly after leaving with her dogs. I didn’t think twice, grabbed a leash, and shot out the door and around the side of the building. NOT DEAD BUT NOT FAR FROM IT I saw the pitiful, brindle dog immediately. He wasn’t dead or mortally wounded at […]

2: What About Brindle?

The mangy, emaciated, brindle dog allowed us to enter his triangle to mop. Food is precious to a dog who is no stranger to starvation, so we slipped bowls to him twice a day under the fence while he gobbled, snapped, and growled. I advised my coworkers not to take any risks. If Brindle was pushed into biting a human, […]

Anthropomorphizing or Do Unto Others

My current philosophy of how to train and treat dogs has been occasionally charged with being “anthropomorphic.” You may say, “hunh?” The word anthropomorphism was coined to describe how we humans tend to give our own characteristics to non-humans, originally to gods or natural phenomena like wind. Some people say guessing what your dog might do based upon your knowledge […]