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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

17

This is what 17 looks like at our house.

Graidy, our white BC mix, is 17ish–we don’t know his age exactly since he came to us as a stray at about 1 yo.

He still runs around like a puppy. Nobody can believe he’s that old when they meet him.

Wink, our Cavelier is 11. Finn, our Maine Coon cat is 14. All going strong.

I think there’s longevity in the water here. (That and lots of love, high-quality food, and plenty of exercise.)

And, of course, good genes don’t hurt.

By |2019-04-19T11:35:43-04:00March 14th, 2019|.My Dogs and Me|0 Comments

An Easy Way to Support the ASPCA – GoodSearch.org

Just wanted to share this email I got recently. I think it’s a wonderful idea. But check it out and decide for yourself.


Hello,

My name is Kari and I’m writing you with the hope that you’ll let your readers know about GoodSearch.org and GoodShop.com, a new fundraising tool being used by supporters of the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, and thousands of humane organizations across the country.

GoodSearch.org is a new search engine that donates 50% of revenue to charities and schools of the user’s choice. […]

By |2019-03-07T19:17:33-04:00February 26th, 2019|Dogs in General|2 Comments

143rd Westminster Dog Show – Feb. 11

*The Westminster Dog Show returns to New York City for the 143rd time on Monday (Feb. 11), when 2,800 canines will compete for the coveted Best in Show title. This year’s show runs from 8am ET to 11pm ET on Feb. 11 and 12 and is available to stream online.

Two new dog breeds, the Nederlandse kooikerhondje (which is cool because for the longest time I though Graidy might have been a kooikerjondje) and the grand basset griffon Vendéen, are making their Westminster debuts this year. Last year’s winner, Flynn the Bichon Frise, was male, and this year’s winner will probably be male too. In fact, male dogs have won […]

By |2019-02-09T13:45:40-04:00February 9th, 2019|Dogs in General|0 Comments
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