Three times I spoke up for my dog

  Often, people with reactive dogs are overly concerned that others will judge us for the uncontrollable, barking, lunging, frothing beast on the other end of the leash. We need to get over that and just worry about our dogs. I have gotten better and here are three examples where I was proud of speakingContinue reading “Three times I spoke up for my dog”

Unicorn and Dragonwood

Mia looked especially like a unicorn during her last acupuncture. Or maybe she was a duocorn, since she had two needles on her head. Afterward, I took the doggies to Dragonwood Beach to see our favorite dragonhead driftwood.   Join us in BlogPaws’ Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! Powered by Linky Tools Click here to enter yourContinue reading “Unicorn and Dragonwood”

String Cheese: I’ll never let go

. . . one can never give too many food treats during temperament training exercises . . . – Dr. Ian Dunbar . A few weeks ago I received a very nice message from someone who had heard my two podcasts on The Great Dog Adventure with Fern Camacho. (This one and that one) She related to myContinue reading “String Cheese: I’ll never let go”

That one dog who ruins it for everyone

Dog parks are risky for reactive dogs – all dogs, really – but we’re lucky to have three off-leash areas that aren’t usually too crowded where we can manage our well-socialized dogs. We leave as soon as a small, uncontrollable child arrives, or at the first sign of an unstable dog. We tend to rotateContinue reading “That one dog who ruins it for everyone”

Looking ridiculous doesn’t make us unconventional

The theme for this month’s Positive Pet Training Blog Hop is Unconventional Training. Even though I look strange squealing “cheesy” at my dog when strangers walk, run, ride, or roll past us, I don’t think my String Cheese Method is unconventional at all. Reward-based training, to me, is the most basic, obvious method of trainingContinue reading “Looking ridiculous doesn’t make us unconventional”

Comfort a frightened dog

Have you ever heard the ridiculousness that you’re not supposed to comfort a scared dog, because it will reinforce the fear? So not true. From 4PawsUniversity: Fear is an emotion. Emotions are involuntary responses.  Reinforcement refers to an increase in behavior. Behaviors are voluntary responses. Fear is something you feel. Behavior is something you do. FromContinue reading “Comfort a frightened dog”