Helpful Pointers for Training Your Dog

How Many Dogs Old are You?

4dogsOver the years, many people have asked for help on how to pick the perfect dog. I’m always happy to assist when I can. I usually start by asking: How many dogs old are you?

Huh? you say.  Are you asking me how old in dog years I am?

No, it’s not a sneaky way to calculate your age. Rather, it’s a very important question in a list of questions that need to be asked to ascertain what kind of dog would make a good match for you.

Let me first explain what I mean by that question, which was first posed by renowned dog trainer, Suzanne Clothier:  How many dogs have you lived […]

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By | 2016-10-24T09:56:19+00:00 January 16th, 2016|.My Dogs and Me, Dog Training, Dogs in General|13 Comments

How to Turn Any Stranger into Your Dog’s Friend

Dog Food DoorWith the holidays (and lots of company) approaching, if you want to enter our house in relative peace, it’s best to come bearing gifts.

Specifically, dog food treats are most welcome. But if you’ve forgotten yours at home, no worries. I’ve attached a container of kibble right at garage door knob level. You can’t miss it coming in.

Think of it akin to entering church, where you bless yourself with holy water before entering. Kinda like ensuring good luck–

Only, here, the good luck is that if you throw the kibble for Graidy before you enter, instead of being greeted with non-stop barking and rushing, you’ll be greeted with licks and wags.

If you have […]

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By | 2016-10-24T09:56:19+00:00 December 10th, 2015|.My Dogs and Me, Dog Training, Dogs in General|0 Comments

Wish Dog Powered Scooters Had Been Invented When Kiera Was Young

When Kiera, my Austrialian Shepherd, was young, Andrew and I would take turns every day taking her for a run. Not each of us every other day. Every day, twice a day at least, we’d take her for a 3-mile run. I’d have the morning shift and he’d take the evening shift. That barely took the edge off her need to run.

My legs don’t want to run 3 miles everyday anymore.  So if I were ever to get another Australian Shepherd, I’d seriously think about getting her started with something like a dog powered scooter. While there are models out there that I don’t think are safe for dogs, Mark Schuette shared his latest […]

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By | 2016-10-24T09:56:21+00:00 January 30th, 2015|.My Dogs and Me, Dog Training, Dogs in General, Just Dogs|2 Comments

Tis the Season to Get Puppies

Fa la la la la, la la la la!

Bichon Frise 8 week puppyCait’s boyfriend’s family is a case in point. They just got a little Bichon Frise. He’s cute as a button and the only problem he will face is potential love overload. They just got him, and I just got the first phone call of many on training questions.

Which means, of course, that it’s time for another primer on house-training.

5 Rules For How to House Train Your Puppy

First Rule of Puppy House Training

DO NOT PUNISH ACCIDENTS. Unless […]

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By | 2016-10-24T09:56:21+00:00 December 24th, 2014|Dog Training, Dogs in General|2 Comments

Herd mentality: ‘Sheepdog mystery’ solved at last. Really?!

sheepherdingParis (AFP) – There is the riddle of the Bermuda Triangle. The unresolved identity of Jack the Ripper. The enigma of how the Universe developed beyond a quark-gluon soup following the Big Bang. And then there is the Sheepdog Mystery. A puzzle that has niggled mathematical minds for years, the Mystery is this: how does a single dog get so many selfish sheep to move so efficiently in the same direction? The answer, revealed on Tuesday in a journal published by Britain’s prestigious Royal Society, is that sheepdogs cleverly follow a simple rule book.

Researchers fitted highly accurate GPS tracking devices into backpacks that were then placed on a […]

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By | 2016-10-24T09:56:22+00:00 August 28th, 2014|Dog Training, Dogs in General|2 Comments