Dogs have pretty much taken over my life. I blog about them, foster them, rescue them, train them, and, most of all, I love them. As with anything that a person spends copious amounts of their time on, there are valuable insights that are only gained when the light of experience illuminates their hiding spots.… Read More The Most Difficult Lesson to Learn
In recent weeks, we have talked a lot about how dogs learn and the effectiveness of positive reinforcement in building trust. But what happens when we have a problem behavior that, despite our best efforts, will not go away? First, we have to understand what is going on from the dog's perspective. One of the big… Read More What are you teaching your dog?
I took this video the other day while working with our new foster family, specifically the mom. Depending on the dog's personality, it is sometimes difficult to care for the family and build a relationship based on trust with the moma the same time By definition, we have to get all up in her business to… Read More Listening to what Mama Dog is Saying
As I was walking the little lady to school this morning, I had a brief panic attack when I couldn't remember whether or not I locked the sliding glass door into the backyard. This has only recently become an issue because Sully is tall enough to slide the door open! This wouldn't be bad in… Read More The 4 ways dogs Learn
May 15th kicked off National Dog Bite Prevention Week 2016. Every year we are inundated with a tsunami of information from hundreds of different sources regarding the best practices for avoiding bites. For most, it is not immediately obvious what information is useful and what is just fluff designed to draw in readers using the… Read More Top 5 ways to prevent dog bites.
I happened to come across a Facebook post today that completely blew me away. I am an intense advocate for positive reinforcement training(+r) and have often found myself on the end of a heated argument/conversation battling folks on why the "old school" method is no good. But these arguments do little to change anyone's mind.… Read More Musings from a crossover trainer by Kyla McRoy
Imagine your child (or future child, if you don't have children yet) comes home from school one day with a huge black eye. After the initial shock of such a gruesome injury on your baby, anger starts to take over, “what happened, who did this to you?!?” Little one looks down at the floor, “Teacher… Read More 1st Worst Mistake New Dog Owners Make
You come home from a long day at work expecting the worst. Your new dog loses his mind when you leave in the morning and destroys the house while you are gone to get back at you for leaving. You cringe at the thought of the chaos you are about to enter. You think… Read More 2nd Worst Mistake New Dog Owners Make
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sq1AYZOWz0 Who doesn't secretly hope for that, once in a lifetime, willing to jump in a river to save us, dog when we see our puppy for the first time? After seeing movies like Lassie or Marley and Me it is easy to be seduced by the idea of a hero dog with uncanny abilities… Read More 3rd Worst Mistake New Dog Owners Make
We have all come home to a trash can's contents strewn all over the house, or found our favorite pair of shoes mercilessly executed by our furry family members. It is difficult to keep cool when things like this happen. It is even more difficult to recognize that we are to blame! The 4th worst mistake… Read More 4th Worst Mistake New Dog Owners Make