Putting the pieces together

It's not unusual when trying to sort out any behavior problems in our dogs to look for the simplest explanation for what is causing the issue. We hope that if we could only remedy that, everything will fall into place. Some of the common missing pieces heralded as the reasons for a dog's misbehavior include: A lack of leadership Insufficient exercise Ignorance of the dog's [...]

By |2011-04-26T12:45:36-04:00April 26th, 2011|5 Comments


When it comes to many issues in this world, I am firmly on the side of pro-choice and self-determination. This includes the work and play I do with dogs, especially shy, fearful or anxious dogs. Think about it. If something scares or worries you, is your anxiety lessened knowing that you have no control over your options when confronted with those things? Mine sure isn't. [...]

By |2011-04-25T11:52:20-04:00April 25th, 2011|11 Comments

Why dominance won’t die

Before I proceed, I have to respond to the title of this post with, "I only wish I knew." I have some ideas, but I suspect reasons vary from trainer to trainer and pet owner to pet owner. However, as someone who has done a bit more than just dip my toes into the pool of information regarding dogs and their behavior, I am continually [...]

By |2011-04-11T13:32:15-04:00April 11th, 2011|26 Comments

Organized chaos

White water rafting is often described as organized chaos. No matter how much we plan, no matter how many times we practice running certain rapids, every time we get into a boat with a group of people we can only be sure of the outcome we want, not the outcome we're going to get. Not unlike life I suppose. Over the years I worked as [...]

By |2011-04-06T12:45:01-04:00April 6th, 2011|8 Comments

Behavioral First Aid

Over the past 30 years I have taken numerous first aid classes to complement my work leading recreational, outdoor travel groups. One of the texts, The Outward Bound Wilderness First Aid Handbook, in its first chapter called General Principles in Wilderness Medicine, includes this statement: Anticipating and controlling the development of swelling is one of the most important aspects of treatment in wilderness medical care. [...]

By |2011-04-04T14:51:05-04:00April 4th, 2011|12 Comments
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