Monthly Archives: December 2010

Blazing the trail

If you've ever gone for a walk in the woods or in the mountains and followed a well-used trail, getting from point A to point B is just a question of glancing down now and then to make sure you're still on the path. In some areas there are blazes on trees, stripes of paint or slashes in the bark, which highlight the correct route. [...]

By |2010-12-27T01:12:48-04:00December 27th, 2010|6 Comments

Forcing the issue

I am a member of different online chat groups pertaining to training dogs, some geared specifically for fearful dogs. Online communication can be dicey at best. The printed word, without the benefit of inflections or facial expressions can be misinterpreted. Offense can be easily taken and the response often seeming more like road rage than thoughtful discourse. I have been guilty of being both terse [...]

By |2010-12-23T16:31:23-04:00December 23rd, 2010|26 Comments

The economy of incentives and the surprising science of motivation

"It has already been demonstrated that an essential element of organizations is the willingness of persons to contribute their individual efforts to the cooperative system…the contributions of personal efforts which constitute the energies of organizations are yielded because of incentives. The egotistical motives of self-preservation and of self-satisfaction are dominating forces; on the whole, organizations can exist only when consistent with the satisfaction of these [...]

By |2010-12-20T14:39:41-04:00December 20th, 2010|10 Comments

Due diligence

I was talking to a friend who recently went to meet the person she had been communicating with for months via phone & email. They'd never met in person but both had built a lovely fantasy of what their life together together would be like. They had much in common, respected the paths each other had taken in their lives and found each others pictures [...]

By |2010-12-16T14:01:32-04:00December 16th, 2010|19 Comments

Guest Blogger-Maizey’s promise

Katie from Lessons From 4 Legs has been kind enough to share the story about her life with Maizey, a fearful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The promises Katie had made to Maizey should be ones which we all make to our fearful dogs, and you will no doubt find similarities between their experiences together and your own. Having a fearful dog is a journey of [...]

By |2010-12-12T18:05:22-04:00December 12th, 2010|31 Comments

They are other nations

"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. [...]

By |2010-12-09T22:19:18-04:00December 9th, 2010|6 Comments

Free music to calm your dog

This is true- my 5-CD player is currently filled with 5 CDs of Through A Dog's Ear. From the Through A Dog's Ear website "The music of Through a Dog’s Ear builds on the ground breaking psychoacoustic research of Dr. Alfred Tomatis (1920-2001). Known as the “Einstein of the ear,” Tomatis discovered the extraordinary powers of sound as a “nutrient for the nervous system.” His [...]

By |2010-12-07T14:04:02-04:00December 7th, 2010|5 Comments

Dog training in the real world

I'm thinking about the comments I read or hear from people criticizing trainers as 'cookie pushers' or some other derogatory term they've come up with for reward-centric trainers. It dawned on me that if you don't know what you are looking at, you might very well just see someone feeding dogs treats. But as with anything else, the more you understand and learn about something, [...]

By |2010-12-02T21:46:02-04:00December 2nd, 2010|32 Comments