We’ve all seen the kids and dogs videos and pictures on Facebook where the baby is lying on top of the dog, or a small child is holding the leash of a huge dog…dogs in cribs with infants, and dogs and kids playing tug-o-war. I will be the first person to admit that I find…Read more
When I Call My Dog, Nothing Good Happens
If I had to pick one of the most important things to teach your dog it would be a rock-solid recall. Think about it…a dog with a great recall can be off lead in all sorts of fun places…hiking in the woods, dog beaches, soccer fields…you get the idea! There is nothing more aggravating than…Read more
Halloween and Dogs
So it’s the day after Halloween and your kids have amassed enough chocolate and candy to make Willy Wonka jealous. While everyone knows chocolate is bad for dogs, few people understand the real implications of dogs getting a hold of some tasty Hersey bars. First and foremost make efforts to ensure candy is not left…Read more
Will Spring Ever Get Here?
This by far as been the longest, most miserable, cruddy (you get the idea) winter! I have spent far too much time inside my house, and my dogs…especially the Border Collies would agree! So if you are in the same boat as we are and are stuck inside because you just can't stand being cold…Read more
How Do Dogs Celebrate the New Year?
Why have a party of course! NOT! Dogs don't tend to like loud music, fireworks and rich food and they certainly will not be at risk of drinking and driving. Want to spend a fun New Year's with your dog? Try using your day off to take a long walk in the woods (also good…Read more
What Does it Mean to Have a Quiet Time at Home?
Ever try to take a sick day or a quiet morning at home with 4 dogs? As I sit here composing my thoughts I am a shelf for Banjo and Koko...they like to sit on my shoulders from the back of the couch, and Graci and Lewis the Border Collies are ever hopeful that we…Read more
Things You May Not Think About Training Dogs
It occurs to me that training is more about learning to understand another species than it is about "mastering" that species. It's about trying to understand what your animal thinks whether it be dog, cat, horse...whatever. The other day I was working with a client who has taken on the challenge of training two…Read more
Does it Matter Where You Get Your Dog?
Anyone who gets a dog, regardless of where they get it from should have to sign an agreement to love and cherish in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer...you get the idea...But, in our society of quickie divorces it's no wonder dogs end up losing their homes. Our generation has a hard time…Read more
Dogs and Heat
So I have been wondering who is playing the really bad joke on us Hoosiers...I mean one day I wake up sure I live in Central, Indiana and a week later I wake up sure I have been transported to somewhere in the middle of Texas in August. If you are like me you are…Read more
Living with Dogs
At times in my adult life (meaning post college) I have tried inviting roommates to live with me in my home. While I won't say the experiences were bad, neither were they what I'd hoped they'd be. Humans don't always work to find compromises and common ground when co-habitating. Fast forward to 1996 and the…Read more