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Behavior Puzzles

By |2022-05-22T15:11:00-07:00January 9, 2022|Behavior & Training|

Riff Raff and Izzy have a snooze Happy New Year! Working with animals is both easier and more difficult than working with people, mostly depending on how you feel about people. But, that is another story. Animals are wonderful because they are always thrilled to see you, despite the fact you only walked into the living room and back, and their idea of a good time is often just being with you. However, their non-verbal communication style can make medical and behavior problem solving quite difficult. From time to time we get tremendously puzzling [...]

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Rant

By |2021-10-14T17:41:56-07:00October 14, 2021|Behavior & Training|

Waiting for more active hikers and bikers to pass Recently, Dawn and Kim found themselves on separate but equal rants about interacting with the world at large when out and about with our dogs. At the risk of putting out negative vibes we thought some of our readers might have similar experiences and feelings about it all, so without further ado here are a couple rants and hopefully a smattering of humor along the way. Dawn: One of the most frustrating questions we get in dog training classes is, what  should one do when [...]

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The Canine 100 Meter Freestyle or Teaching Your Dog to Swim

By |2021-10-01T16:17:35-07:00September 16, 2021|Behavior & Training|

Sandy Perhaps this summer finds you on a tour boat in Iceberg Alley in the North Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.  In the middle of viewing icebergs and marine life, the boat gets a bit tipsy and over you go. Not to worry, a passing Newfoundland dog swims over despite the rough, cold currents and deposits you safely on dry land. The Newfoundland is well able to accomplish this rescue mission due to his webbed feet, muscular body and thick coat. As you stand there shivering and fruitlessly wondering when [...]

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A Cautionary Tail

By |2021-08-05T07:22:26-07:00August 5, 2021|Behavior & Training|

Velo gets his skeptic face on Does anyone really enjoy cautionary tales? Maybe they do when they involve actual tails. One summer morning right around 3am, all three of my dogs raced out of the bedroom into the backyard. Well, two dogs raced into the backyard while one whistleblower border collie type raced to the screened sliding door to assess the situation and then back into the bedroom to report that the “other” dogs were causing trouble. Vainly trying to hold onto what was otherwise a spectacular night’s sleep, I heard strangled barks. Odd. [...]

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On Dogs and Flies

By |2021-07-08T10:23:24-07:00July 8, 2021|Behavior & Training|

My dog Velo is sensitive. Mind, he is much more sensitive about events happening to him than about capers he perpetrates on others. But let’s talk about that later. Suffice it to say, Velo is sensitive. I should mention that Velo is a Border Collie/Whippet cross. Many of you are wincing. You are folks who have experience with either Border Collies or Whippets or both. Turns out that Velo is a sensitive, complicated male. So not my forte! One day, due to a serious breach of window screen security, my house was filled with flies. It [...]

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