It’s Because of You that We Need to Drink For some pretty obvious reasons, living with a deaf dog is different than living with a hearing dog. Communication is an important example. Humans instinctively depend on our voice to communicate but since our deaf dogs can’t hear us, we forge ahead and learn to use Read More
I spent the first two articles of this three-part series talking about Tricky’s drive, what I did that caused her to lose it, and the things I did to build it back. Now I will talk about what I’ve done to keep it and suggestions to help others to do the same.
This is Part 1 of Bobbie Bhambree's agility series. Check out Part 2 here and Part 3 here. One of the main reasons I am an effective dog trainer and have strong mechanical skills when teaching and handling dogs is because of my many years as an student of agility. This dog performance sport takes the Read More
For some, there is no better medicine for a hurting heart than the love of another dog, while for others, the best medicine is time.
If we love our animals, why do people find it acceptable to cause them pain or fear just for the sake of ‘training’?
I thought I knew how to train dogs. Then I adopted a Terrier/Chihuahua mix puppy and named her…..Tricky! People warned me when I named her Tricky, jokingly and affectionately telling me she would likely embody the name I gave her. They weren’t kidding.
Cue the wistful music before starting the video rolling and many dog lovers just see what they want to see in a video making the internet rounds. When you accompany sweet music with an overlay of words meant to convey what you want people to see, as long as the opposite isn’t glaringly obvious to Read More
Although walking with your dog seems like a routine activity, a good walk always starts with preparation and the right equipment. So here are some tips for having the best walk with your dog!
Raising my puppy has been hard work. It has also been well worth the effort.
Some subjects are such hot buttons that it’s such a guaranteed argument to mention them. Religion, politics and the ever popular on/off leash are way up there.
In part one of this blog series, I introduced you to what a “Naughty But Nice” dog is and shared with you the first tip to training and living harmoniously with them! Now, the next tip - calmness!
Are you guilty of letting your friendly dog jump all over other dogs? Or perhaps you daren't let your dog near others because he's not friendly? Here are some solutions for you.
Pet parents offer their reflections from 2015 as they begin a new year with their pets.
There are many wonderful resources for you to read about whether bringing home a puppy over the holidays is a responsible choice for your family. This article is meant to help you make good choices once you have already decided to bring a new dog home for the holidays.
We have a new game at my facility called “cue fasting” and we now require a “cue fast” for all of our clients when they begin training with us. We’ve decided to take the game up a notch in what we are calling “No Cue November.”
This was not the kind of behavior that our beloved Steeler organization would support. This is not the value system that we expect from the Rooney family.
Ultimately, what I’ve realized is that living with and training a deaf dog isn’t harder, it’s just different. Here are a few tips to help new deaf dog pet parents get started. I hope these help ease your anxiety and fears during this transition.
At a meeting about breed-specific legislation, I was struck by one very obvious conclusion. Not only does my opinion on Breed Specific Legislation not matter, neither does the opinion of anyone else.
With a little commonsense and mindfulness, our cats can enjoy summer as much as we do. There’s nothing like a cat on a lap to help us slow down to smell the roses. Have a safe, happy and healthy summer!
How do you feel about someone who MAKES you do anything? Warm and loving or resentful and wary? Which way would you prefer that your dog feel about you?
There’s a lot of negative talk about using food in training. Even when people are prepared to use it in a class or at home, they often refuse to carry it when taking the training 'on the road'. Comments include; it’s bribery; I want the dog to work for me; the dog ‘knows’ what I Read More
Cats and their guardians are often the subjects of untrue stereotypes. Here are some experts to set the record straight on why you should consider adopting a cat.
June 24th, 2016 is Take Your Dog to Work Day! If you are like me and feel guilty leaving your dog at home when you go to work, today is the perfect day to celebrate the fact that you can take them with you!
Keeping a dog from playing, running, and jumping for a few weeks is no easy task. Here are some simple tips to keep your dog calm after surgery.
My dog's seizures are scary and painful to watch. I feel helpless. I had been with him through his seizures before without incidence until the day that everything changed.
Does your dog listen to you when you ask him to do something? Does he listen half of the time? What about only when you have a treat, or only if you’re inside the house?
It’s an epidemic out there – seriously, some veterinary and human parisitologists warning that the ticks are taking over. And where there are ticks, there’s tick disease.
If reliability means the dog does what you say, when you say it, every time you say it, then the "do as I say attitude" seems to make sense on the surface. However, as a positive gun dog trainer, I have become convinced that the "do as I say" attitude misses the mark.
It's Earth Day! This is the one day of the year that we collectively think and talk about how to better care for our planet, and that includes caring for our four-legged friends! Here are some fun ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day in a pet-friendly way.
My wife and I are proponents of positive reinforcement training, and our situation gives us a unique opportunity to practice and observe the results on a daily basis. One of the first questions people ask is "do you have to break up a lot of fights?" The answer is no. We've kept dogs of all shapes, sizes, and dispositions, and there's seldom more than a brief snark and deferral.
Perhaps you are moving into a new place this year. Although starting fresh in a new place can be exciting, moving is a very stressful event. Some pet parents forget that moving is equally as stressful for their pet.
Finding the right dog is not as simple as falling in love with the cute face in the adoption photo. As responsible pet guardians, it is our job to ensure the new addition fits our lifestyle so we are able to attend to the dog’s needs. What are some factors to consider when finding your Read More
I recently became the proud owner of a 10 week old Border Collie. Having had two previous Border Collies that passed away at the age of 14 I surmised I was savvy enough to do it again. The reality of my decision bit me pretty hard!
I have had the joy and pleasure of adopting many rabbits over the years, including one that was released at a local school yard because someone didn’t want to care for her anymore. They are wonderful furry companions, but they are a full-time commitment that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
While I commend anyone who dedicates even a small part of their life to helping dogs in need, today I've got a bone to pick with the people I like to call "armchair dog rescuers." These are the people that are usually the first to cast blame--typically on rescue groups, fellow rescuers, or animal shelter employees--and are the last to take proactive action themselves.
Joy and Guerry Wise, the couple who owned and operated a massive puppy mill in Cherokee County, GA have now pled guilty to 25 counts of animal cruelty as part of a plea deal. They'll be on probation for the next 25 years, and were required to pay $1,305 each in court fines. The Wises must not Read More
We all have our stories to tell. On that bright September morning when the world changed before our eyes, our collective experience was etched into our personal histories in the way that only those truly transformative historical occasions can imprint us: Pearl Harbor, JFK, 9/11. Having moved to Manhattan the year before the attacks, I Read More
LOSING HEART Why do so many clients with fearful or reactive dogs, who often have started off so well, lose heart? The reason is because they just don’t fully accept the time and work that changing fear-based or guarding behaviors in particular can take. Teaching people is the easy bit. A large part of my Read More