Monthly Archives: January 2013

Competing Motivators

Motivation. Everyone talks about it. Did you make a New Year's resolution to go to the gym? There are blogs devoted to helping you stay motivated enough to actually do it. Sometimes getting out of bed in the morning requires a level of motivation we may question whether we have or not. Some motivators are very powerful, while others lag behind, yet even if that [...]

By |2013-01-29T09:43:30-05:00January 29th, 2013|5 Comments

The Competitive Edge

In last season's edition of The Master Skier Annual Cross Country Ski Journal, I came across this information in an article by Dan Heil (Competitive Edge p. 55). "The ability to physically perform and respond to stress (i.e., adapt and recover) can best be described as a moving target for the master athlete." I dare say it's true for any athlete, not just the aging [...]

By |2013-01-27T13:44:52-05:00January 27th, 2013|15 Comments

Sew Buttons On Your Underwear.

Anyone who has spent time with prepubescent or adolescent humans has had or heard a conversation that goes something like this after an adult makes a statement or request- Kid: "So?" Adult: "It's important." Kid: "So?" Adult: "I feel insulted when you talk to me that way." Kid: "So?" Adult: "That's a rude thing to say." Kid: "So?" Adult: "I'm losing my patience when you say [...]

By |2013-01-21T09:39:39-05:00January 21st, 2013|16 Comments

The 7 Habits of Successful Fearful Dogs

"Not sure why you want me to do this, but ok, whatever." On my book shelf is a CD by Wayne Dwyer on the power of intention. It’s an inspirational presentation. But as powerful as intentions are, given the right set of circumstances, habits will win out. Recently I moved the app icons on my iPod around. I deleted a few and moved [...]

By |2013-01-19T10:42:13-05:00January 19th, 2013|12 Comments

Creating Harmony

When I was a kid I had piano lessons. It was obvious I was no prodigy, and my enthusiasm at the keyboard was in seeing how fast I could play Love Story, but I don't think the lessons were a complete waste of time and money, even though I convinced my parents that they were. Before I succeeded in ending the lessons I had a [...]

By |2013-01-14T10:21:24-05:00January 14th, 2013|4 Comments

Webinar-Medications To Treat Fear Based Behavior Challenges

Yes, yes I know, people use too many drugs. People think drugs are the solution to everything. Drugs have side effects. I won't dispute any of those statements, but at the same time drugs can save lives and the side effects of some conditions are worse than the possible side effects of some drugs. Being scared is no way to live. The reasoning [...]

By |2013-01-12T16:06:22-05:00January 12th, 2013|24 Comments

Are Trainers Responsible For The Death Of Shelter Dogs?

In the dog training world, which has a number of difference sects, stone tossing between them is a common occurrence. I confess I've lobbed a few myself. Some of the criticisms voiced are valid and important, others less so. In many cases there is a fundamental agreement between camps, with differing implementations. The number of unwanted dogs killed daily in shelters around the country is [...]

By |2013-01-06T10:35:52-05:00January 6th, 2013|7 Comments

Happy New Year!

I am grateful to all of you for your continued readership. Your comments and feedback provide me with the reinforcement I need to continue to learn and share information about how we can make life easier and better for our beloved, anxious and fearful dogs. As a pragmatic New Englander whose views on life & the universe were tempered by years of living in northern [...]

By |2013-01-01T08:00:50-05:00January 1st, 2013|24 Comments