I was watching a dog training video yesterday. The dog being trained was a bright, determined German shepherd. Focused and driven, she performed “sits” and “downs” for the trainer again and again. If she made an error and did not receive her treat, she might give a bark of frustration, but then immediately persevered, offering … Continue reading But my dog isn’t like the ones in the dog training videos…
The spread of coronavirus across the globe has meant sweeping changes for humans and their pets. While some pets are delighted to have their humans home 24 hours a day, others are going a bit stir crazy. They are likely going on shorter walks, interacting with fewer visitors, and missing out on hitting the trails … Continue reading Surviving Canine Quarantine
Does your dog… Sometimes choose not to work if they’re not being paid?Sometimes choose not to work if the pay isn’t good enough?Seem to have their own agenda about what they’d like to do and where they’d like to go?Hear a cue that you’re certain they understand, but then choose not to respond to it? … Continue reading DWOs: Dogs With Opinions
Occasionally, people tell me that they are planning on purchasing a puppy, and they want guidance on how to find a responsible breeder. Here is my advice. First of all: Have you considered adoption? There are many great adoption options! Let's put it this way: I am not anti-breeder, but I am very pro-rescue/pro-adoption! Adopting … Continue reading Buyer Beware
A lot of dogs get excited when they see me coming. My arrival and approach often elicits wagging tails, wiggling bodies, and happy faces. Why? Am I some kind of magical dog psychic? Nope! It has to do with harnessing the power of positive association! A BRIEF CRASH COURSE IN HOW DOGS LEARN Dogs learn … Continue reading Yes, I’m a Cookie Pusher: The Power of Positive Association
Upon walking into the adoptable dog section of Seattle Animal Shelter, I’m greeted by a brown and white dog happily wagging his tail. Actually, he’s wagging his entire body. The front and upper walls of his kennel are glass, so I can easily see his wiggly dance, but he can’t hear other dogs barking as … Continue reading The Truth About Animal Shelters
These days, obesity is not just an epidemic among humans: it is also widespread among our pets. Is your dog or cat fit, fat, or fluffy? Read on to learn more. What’s an Extra Pound or Two? Many people wonder: “What’s the harm in Fido or Garfield being a bit overweight?” After all, many people … Continue reading Fit, Fat, or Fluffy?
When you take your dog for a walk, who is that walk for? You? Your dog? Both of you? Here are some profiles of dog walks that I often see occurring in my neighborhood. Stop That Sniffing! Dogs experience the world largely through olfaction (smell). Compared to our six million olfactory receptors in the human … Continue reading Whose Walk is it, Anyways?
For many pet owners, their worst nightmare is a pet going missing. That brings us to the topic of today’s blog post: if your cherished pet goes missing, what should you do to maximize your chances of bringing her home? Let’s start by going back in time. There are some steps you can take before … Continue reading Homeward Bound
If you are a dog owner, chances are that at some point you have seen or heard one of these: a clicker. You may have wondered, what is the fuss with these little chirpy cricket things? Why do some trainers seem so obsessed with them? Are they necessary? Are they effective? Are they just a … Continue reading CLICK IT OR ZIP IT?