I want to start a blog that has nothing to do with dog training. It will be a place where I can share my thoughts and opinions about religion, politics and other subjects not suitable for polite company. I would discuss my marriage: what works and why, and maybe even what’s not working. I would discuss why I think that social media has brought us all together and also how it has rent our society into shreds. I would talk about feelings and vulnerability and bravery and how I’m trying to live whole-heartedly. I might even write a review of the Brene Brown books […]
I have a furry new nephew! My brother Scott and his wife Autumn just got a new puppy! They were traveling in Europe when they emailed me asking for potty training issues. I answered them thinking that the puppy was with them and they were dealing with hotel suites, but that turned out not to be the case (Freckles was safe back home with another favorite aunty). Still, knowing that Scott and Autumn love to travel, I envision them taking this little guy with them everywhere. But…having not met the little rascal yet, I currently don’t know whether he’s a candidate for all that […]
Many of us have dogs who are so excited to go outside they dance all around and then burst through the door when it opens. Of course, this causes the dog’s owner great frustration in that the dog simply cannot listen to them. That is due, in part, because indeed, the act of going outside is just the most exciting thing in the moment. Still, a little impulse control can go a long way toward building your relationship with your dog as well as helping you keep your own sanity and patience in check. By using a reward that is more immediate and of […]
Why train sit? Every dog should have one command she can do anywhere, anytime. Sit is a great contender for that job. It gives your dog a way to say, “Please,” and can become her default greeting, which helps stop her from jumping on people.
Nowadays, there are almost as many brands of treats and goodies for dogs as there are for humans. And why not? Our dogs have different tastes in foods, when given the choice, and what one dog may love, another might not even like a little bit. And in the same way a young man might prefer one candy bar over another, treats also can have differing values to a dog (as in, he likes cheese, but he LOVES bacon). Further, I love to mix up training treats for my dogs because I think they probably can tire of any one treat given repeatedly. One last […]
My dogs and I travel a lot and they spend hours in the car, making it their own den away from home. You may also be one of the many people who loves to have their dogs with them as much as possible, and of course, most dogs love being in the car. Unfortunately, a lot of dogs don’t get to drink water while they’re in the car, even as their owners are sipping a caramel machiatto or sweet iced tea. But remember, everyone needs to hydrate. Your dogs don’t sweat the same way as humans; they cool their bodies mainly by panting, which dries […]
Ping-Pong Pup Training the basic reliable recall with your dog – getting him to come to you every time, whether he’s a very young puppy or a rescued older dog, all starts with your dog learning his name and that it really pays to come when called. And if teaching your dog his name becomes a game, everyone has fun learning. This game requires 2 or more players, plus one dog! It’s a really fun game to play during commercial breaks when the family is sitting around watching TV and the game takes about the same amount of time as watching an hour long […]