Helpful Pointers for Training Your Dog

Three Non-Negotiable Dog Training Commands

I recently had a conversation with another dog-loving friend about dog training, and what we would consider the essential must-have-down-cold training commands. While both of us have what others would consider to be highly trained dogs, the only remedial training I absolutely always stay on top of comes down to three commands.

That’s because, in a nutshell, these commands embody what I feel are necessary for my dogs (and the people around my dogs) to remain safe.

My 3 non-negotiable training commands:

  1. Come — as in run to me right this very minute.
  2. Stay— as in stop dead in your tracks no matter what you’re doing and don’t move another muscle until I release you.
  3. Leave it!–as in don’t bite down, don’t swallow, and open your […]
By | April 28th, 2013|Dog Training|0 Comments

Riding to Nowhere

Graidy and I are in the car riding to nowhere. As we breeze down the road, I think about how it was we got here.

Anyone who’s had a rescue dog before knows to expect that there may be little quirks that show up here and there. Graidy is no exception. Graidy’s early life was a difficult one. He was found as a starving street stray in a New Jersey city. Even though all’s been well since he’s come to live with us, there are still remnants of his past that will always affect him.

One of the major issues is that he doesn’t want to leave our property. He doesn’t want to be taken for walks. He doesn’t want to go […]

By | April 7th, 2013|.My Dogs and Me, Dog Training|6 Comments

Great Idea for How to Find a Lost Dog

If you’ve had animals your entire life, you’ve probably had the experience of frantically searching for a lost pet somewhere along the line. And you also know how truly heart-wrenching and helpless it makes you feel. Well here’s a tip that can literally be a life saver in helping you find any lost pet.

Recently, talking with one of my more orginal-thinker dog friends, she shared this tip for how she’s found her and some of her friends’ missing animals.
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You know I’ve used my iPhone to find lost animals. When my cat, Leo, took off for 3 days in the spring I recorded the sound of my microwave ding because this is the last sound he hears before he […]

By | January 4th, 2013|.My Dogs and Me, Dog Training, Life|0 Comments

What My Herding Dogs Have Taught Me

I was recently asked by an interviewer what I’ve learned from my dogs. Since he was referring to Dogs of Dreamtime, he was specifically asking about Kiera, Magic, and Molly.

To put into context some of what I’ve learned from my animals, it helps to know that, left to my own devices, I gravitate toward intense herding breeds. Kiera is an Australian Shepherd. Graidy is a Border Collie mix. Magic was an English Shepherd mix, who died from Lyme Disease. Molly was my deaf Australian Shepherd. They all came when they were just a few months old.

I mention this because while all dogs (really all animals) offer us lessons in unconditional love, and the joys and responsibilities of companionship, herding breeds […]

By | December 2nd, 2012|.My Dogs and Me, Dog Training, Dogs in General|4 Comments

What I Really Think About Having 2 Dogs vs 3 Dogs

From the Mailbag: Natasha asks, I currently have two male dogs (a Labrador 5 yrs and a Yorkshire Terrier 2 yrs) and they both get along great. I’ve always wanted a Rottweiler. Do you think it would be a bad idea getting a 3rd dog? What sex would you say would be better? Thanks.

Natasha, having had one dog, two dogs, three dogs, and four dogs at various times, my favorite number is two. Adding a third dog is a big jump up in time, energy, and expense. I don’t know enough about your circumstances to really advise you (yard space, dog experience, time for training and exercising, etc.) other than to […]

By | May 20th, 2012|Dog Training, Dogs in General, The Mail Bag|18 Comments