Monthly Archives: February 2009

Can you relate?

I got my first and only puppy when I was sixteen years old. She was a reddish brown fluff ball of eight weeks and I promptly was smitten. My mother did not allow dogs upstairs in our bedrooms so I moved into the basement to sleep with her. When I was not in school (and I admit to skipping classes so I could sneak home [...]

By |2009-02-28T02:02:43-04:00February 28th, 2009|11 Comments

It’s Not Always As It Seems

My own scared dog Sunny was rescued from a 477 hoarding site discovered after the hurricanes in 2005. The owner of the site convinced rescue groups that she ran a sanctuary for dogs. She was so convincing that close to 200 dogs were sent to her. Other supposed 'rescuers' turned out to work with dog fighting rings or sold dogs to research labs. If you [...]

By |2009-02-11T01:55:51-04:00February 11th, 2009|6 Comments

My Theory of Cooperation

I've been thinking about coming up with my own theory of why dogs do the things they do, and I've come up with one! I like it too. I figure since we'll never really know why dogs make some of the decisions they do, I'm pretty safe ranting on about it. I just might even be right. I'm going to call it, though [...]

By |2009-02-04T14:44:19-04:00February 4th, 2009|2 Comments

Cute?

This image has been zipping around the internet connected to a group of other 'cute' pet pictures. The others, kittens shredding rolls of toilet paper, cats sleeping on dogs, and the like, do have their smile appeal, but this one!? Who is taking this picture? Mom? Dad? Grandma? Sure little Cindy Lou Who is happy, bless her heart she likes dogs, but the [...]

By |2009-02-03T22:56:29-04:00February 3rd, 2009|2 Comments

What’s Your Theory?

I've been reading a lot of dog training books lately and many trainers provide readers with the reasons their method of training dogs works or makes sense. More often than not it has something to do with wolves, pack behavior, prey drive, alpha animals, etc. Statements are made about what dogs want or need. Most of them leave an owner struggling to sort out whether [...]

By |2009-02-03T14:42:59-04:00February 3rd, 2009|0 Comments

Attitudes About Training

I found a copy of one of William Koehler's training books in a local used bookstore. He was a trainer that worked in Hollywood, training dogs for films that I watched as a child. Had I known his training techniques then I probably would have cried before the dog got caught in a well or suffered some other fate that was geared to jerking the [...]

By |2009-02-01T18:05:36-04:00February 1st, 2009|7 Comments