Running out of Cheese

In my last post, I wrote about a de-facto off-leash area. If everyone else’s dogs are off leash, why can’t ours be? For me, it’s an issue of manners. People who don’t have reactive dogs (or people who don’t KNOW their dogs are reactive, especially those whose dogs are small) think it’s perfectly fine forContinue reading “Running out of Cheese”

An Inspiring New Dog Food Pyramid

This month’s Positive Pet Training Blog Hop theme is mentors and inspiration. If you’ve read Bark and Lunge (and I recommend you do!), you know I have a complicated history with trainers. The first few gave very bad advice. Then we met a positive reinforcement trainer who changed our lives by helping save Isis fromContinue reading “An Inspiring New Dog Food Pyramid”

The gift of Leo

This month’s Positive Pet Training Blog Hop theme is The Gift of Positive Training. Oh, what a gift it has been. Leo’s leash reactivity has gotten so much better. I’ve started saying he’s cured, which is not entirely true, because he still exhibits barrier frustration, but man, I’m going to have to scroll down aContinue reading “The gift of Leo”

Rescue Dogs published in UW journal

I’m thrilled to announce that Rescue Dogs, an excerpt from my work in progress, has been published in the University of Washington’s Stratus: Journal of Arts and Writing. Warning: The story depicts dog fighting, and includes some graphic violence. Read it here. (starting on page 67.) I’ve been working on Fight Like a Lady since 2009Continue reading “Rescue Dogs published in UW journal”

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”