How To Raise A Calm Dog Part One

How To Raise A Calm Dog Part One

I did not take my two dogs for a walk today. I was not feeling well and needed to take it easy. But they are both resting quietly at my feet, happy and at peace. Instead of a walk, they did a treat search in the back yard. The kind I did today is based on the work of...
A Tired Dog Is Not A Good Dog

A Tired Dog Is Not A Good Dog

There is a popular saying that, “a tired dog is a good dog.” The reasoning is, if you tire your dog out through vigorous exercise, he will be good (hold still, not chew your shoes, sleep, be relaxed, etc.) because he is tired. I disagree; a tired dog is simply a tired...
How Do You Get A Puppy To Stop Barking?

How Do You Get A Puppy To Stop Barking?

How do you get a puppy not to bark while you are preparing her food? Okay, I’ll wait for some of you to stop rolling on the floor laughing at me. And then I will wait for those of you who are wondering what I am talking about because your puppies are perfect angels....
Why Do We Treat Dogs The Way We Do?

Why Do We Treat Dogs The Way We Do?

Why do we treat dogs the way we do? What do I mean by that? I saw a video on Facebook the other day of several people kissing the top of a dog’s head and laughing. They were laughing because every time they got their faces close to her, she would curl her lips up in a...
The Human-Dog Relationship

The Human-Dog Relationship

The Human-Dog Relationship Are you in a relationship? It might be with a spouse or a partner, a child or parent. It may also be with a dog, cat, bird, or even hamster or fish. Every time you respond to another, whatever the species, you are relating, and that means...
The Human Role In Dog On Dog Aggression

The Human Role In Dog On Dog Aggression

This morning, I took the dogs for an off leash walk. We are lucky to live in a quiet setting where, most of the time, this is a possibility. On-leash sniffing walks are great, but there is nothing like the choices a dog has for moving and sniffing on an off leash...
Choosing A New Dog

Choosing A New Dog

This is Frida, the newest addition to my household. She is a nine week old Australian Shepherd puppy. It took a long time to find the right dog who would be a good fit for everyone. There is Sadie, an almost 9 year old mixed breed dog who is happier with humans than...
Life As A Dog

Life As A Dog

That’s me, second from the left. Or rather, that’s Jojo the Dog. My colleague Grace Shen and I did a presentation a few weeks ago on the effects of different walking gear on a dog’s body. We used me as a ‘guinea dog’, and asked someone...