Animal shelter environments are busy places during the day time. I know, because I've worked at one and found the environment to be noisy and stressful with the constant comings and goings of people, dogs, and various bits of equipment (trolleys, hoses, leashes, poles, broomsticks ... you get the idea). Shelter dogs don't have the luxury … Continue reading The impact of rest and sleep on shelter dogs
Here is something that I agree with wholeheartedly. I’ve seen it time and time again with my dogs. Honor their time, honor their needs.
Acclimation means allowing your dog to become familiar with an environment. This takes place before any engagement or work starts.
How important is this to me?
It’s one of the three most important things that I’ve learned in the past ten years. The other two are honoring a dog’s emotional state above all, and allowing for choice in work.
Combine knowledge of acclimation with teaching your dog to drive you to work and match your dog’s overall energy when you interact, and you may well find that your dog’s attention to you and ability to focus and learn SKYROCKETS. Is that worth an additional ten minutes of your time?
I’m not exaggerating. Let your dog breathe and you will be shocked at the return on your time investment. That small courtesy is non-negotiable with a nervous dog or a dog with low working drives, and it’s just generally respectful with…
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Behavior happens. All the time. Whether we want it to or not. Ok, I know those are glib statements, but understanding the nature of it seems to elude many us. Take the case of Kira and me. Eighteen months ago, I wrote a blog about the incessant barking in our household. Three dogs, three barkers, and … Continue reading My dog barks – or at least – she used to
As a member of both the Karen Pryor Academy and the Pet Professional Guild, I have made a pledge of force-free training, which means that I follow ethical and humane treatment of your dogs during training sessions. I guarantee: to work with you on a customized training plan or behavior change program for your dog; to use scientifically … Continue reading My Guarantee
Finally, I have completed my training course from The Dog Gurus on Canine Body Language at the 101 and 201 levels. I'm proud of this certificate, although it's taken me some time to find the time to complete it. This is an online course, geared towards the Doggie DayCare Market, and is intended as an … Continue reading Review of The Dog Gurus Canine Body Language Online Course
It's a big day for me. Today, I am taking down my 'hiatus' notice, and am again available to help new and existing clients with their dogs. The road I have followed these last six weeks since Tycho's death has not been straight, and neither have I reached the end of that road. But I believe that … Continue reading Tycho’s Legacy: In Search of Healing
So, on Friday 2nd January 2015, we did it. After months, years of deliberation, hesitation, frustration, doubts and angst, we euthanized Tycho. As I write about it here, I am in tears. We've thought about it, and mostly gone around in circles in our minds about it for more months than I know to count. Lore … Continue reading Making the decision to euthanize our problem behavior dog