Helpful Pointers for Training Your Dog

The Slippers Tell All

shoes1.jpg You’re thinking those are funny looking slippers, I know. And you’re wondering what a pile of random shoes has to do with telling anything. In our house, this would tell you how many people have been here today.

And what do mismatched shoes strewn about have to do with people entering your home, you might muse. When Graidy gets excited, his natural inclination is to gently grab your hand and lead you into the kitchen. To curb that tendency, I’ve kept a pile of old socks by the back door so he can “put a sock in it” so to speak. (Those have long since disappeared to who knows where.) Actually, what I […]

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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 […]
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By | 2013-08-25T21:58:27+00:00 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 […]

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By | 2016-10-24T09:56:26+00:00 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 […]

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By | 2016-10-24T09:56:27+00:00 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 […]

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By | 2012-11-17T11:43:36+00:00 December 2nd, 2012|.My Dogs and Me, Dog Training, Dogs in General|4 Comments