Sunny & The Kid

Sunny is my dog with the most fear based behavior challenges. For short I call him my 'fearful' dog. It's not an accurate description of him, because he is so much more than just fearful, in good ways and bad, but when managing him around people, it's the easiest label to slap on him. It's either that or, 'he's not right in the head', which [...]

By |2012-08-28T09:06:07-04:00August 28th, 2012|20 Comments

A Rose By Any Other Name?

Is this a dominance hierarchy or bunk bed? They say a rose by any other name is still a rose, unless if you're naming it 'tulip' I won't know what you are describing. We may both understand that you are talking about a flower, but if you are ordering a dozen roses and ask for tulips you'll be in for a big surprise [...]

By |2012-08-26T10:05:14-04:00August 26th, 2012|6 Comments

Nibbles Makes A Friend

It's been awhile since I've given any updates on Nibbles, so here's a quickie. Nibs is doing great! He's still not 100% comfortable with people, and he likes to bark at them too much, but we continue to work on it, and he continues to improve. This week the dogs made a new friend, a neighbor boy had started barking at the dogs, causing them [...]

By |2012-08-17T13:39:22-04:00August 17th, 2012|19 Comments

Think You’ve Tried Everything To Train Your Dog? Doubt it.

Looking for fish is rewarding to Annie. The fish reinforce this behavior. Dog trainers hear it all the time- pet owners who have 'tried everything' or declare that positive reinforcement training doesn't work because they've tried giving their dog treats and still have not been able to get the behavior they're after. I can say with 100% certainty that if you are among [...]

By |2012-08-14T14:23:46-04:00August 14th, 2012|15 Comments

Of Wolves and Women

Back in the early 1980's I was intent on finding ways to get university credits without actually sitting in a classroom. I discovered study programs which were taught 'in the field' and awarded credits toward graduation. I spent months hiking in the Sierra Nevada in California, weeks canoeing rivers in Montana and sweating in Death Valley. My biggest regret to date is that I didn't [...]

By |2012-08-07T18:53:20-04:00August 7th, 2012|7 Comments
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