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lifelike stuffed toy australian shephard

As I’ve previously shared, Cait has serious puppy hunger. And she flip flops back and forth between getting an Aussie now (the power of Kiera lives on) or waiting a bit.

I try to remain neutral and supportive because I know there is never a “good” time to get a dog. You just have to decide to make it work. So I listen and look as she shares feelings and Australian Shepherd breeder websites.

I thought that I might just get her a stuffed Aussie for Christmas to tide her over. Something to hold on to and snuggle with.

I came across

By |2019-11-05T10:38:09-05:00November 5th, 2019|.Cait and Me, Just Dogs|0 Comments

I Thought I Was Ready for an Aussie-Cavalier Puppy but…

I recently got a note from a reader who was very honest in sharing her predicament:

Aussie-cavalier mix on couchPhoto from doggiedesigner.com

Hi Karen,
I recently got a now 4 month old Aussie x cavalier mix, on an impulse buy. I thought I was ready for a dog. I was ready to put in the time and work with a puppy since I had spare time at this point of my ljfe. I signed him up for puppy training courses, puppy play dates, and a hired a dog walker, yet he still has so much energy at 4 months old that often leaves me exhausted.

We’ve come a long way with training inside […]

By |2019-09-29T09:04:00-04:00October 3rd, 2019|Dog Training, Just Dogs, The Mail Bag|0 Comments

How to Safely Greet a Fearful or Anxious Dog

I have a lovely neighbor down the road who just got a 2-yo Dachshund from Rescue. It’s her first dog since she’s been a child and she couldn’t be more excited or in love with this lucky dog. And… she’s a little out of practice on how she needs to be introducing her new family member to strangers. Especially, since this dog is prone to fear aggression.

So when we met on the road and she asked me to say hello to Pixie, it gave me the opening to ask if she’d mind if I helped her work with Pixie.  She was very appreciative of the offer, adding that most of the neighbors didn’t want to take the time to help […]

By |2019-06-08T08:15:28-04:00July 28th, 2019|Dog Training, Dogs in General|0 Comments

Whenever Anyone Says Dogs Don’t Think–Show Them This

 

Of course, the web is rife with made-up stuff, so when Cait first sent me this (after I said, “awwww”) I immediately went to track it down to see if it was real.

And it is. They even have a video.

Dog Always Brings A Leaf To ‘Buy’ Himself Treats At The Store

“Staff have made sure he’s only getting treats safe for dogs to eat, and they do limit his purchases to just a couple a day (to stave off inflation in both the leafy currency and his waistline).”

By |2019-06-07T21:25:13-04:00July 12th, 2019|Dogs in General|0 Comments

Three Non-Negotiable Dog Training Commands

As my long-time readers already know, as far as I’m concerned, training never stops. By continually working with our animals to build trust and responsiveness, we have a better chance of ensuring their safety and our ability to fully get to enjoy them.

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 […]

By |2019-03-14T22:03:15-04:00March 29th, 2019|Dog Training|0 Comments
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