Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Way We Were

Recently I added a scanner to the array of equipment cluttering my desk. I am working on a project for the family which includes scanning old photos. It's been fun to look at the images of the dogs I've lived with, and will continue to enjoy subjecting my Facebook friends to them. Memories of each dog include a lightbulb moment or two when I learned [...]

By |2013-06-24T11:08:35-04:00June 24th, 2013|14 Comments

Missing Ingredients

It stands to reason that if we have not ever lived with a seriously scared dog that we would not have developed the skills to work effectively with them. Even if we've assisted other people living with a dog like this, there's nothing quite like 24/7 to put our feet to the fire. I regularly speak with people embarked on the bumpy journey to change [...]

By |2013-06-13T09:04:50-04:00June 13th, 2013|40 Comments

My I Have Your Attention Please

Stop in for a visit to any one of the thousands of forums or groups devoted to dog training and behavior and you're likely to bump into a discussion about whether or not it's acceptable to punish dogs during training. There will be both reasonable and unreasonable comments from either side of the table. Punishment is a very effective consequence to apply in order to [...]

By |2013-06-11T09:52:15-04:00June 11th, 2013|9 Comments

Good Enough?

Childhood milestones in my life could be measured by learning how to swim. There are grainy, black and white home movies showing me leaping up, wiping the hair out of my eyes after demonstrating the newly gained skill of putting my face in the water at our lakeside cottage. I remember learning the "deadman's float" and pretending to swim in the shallow water, my hands [...]

By |2013-06-05T21:47:30-04:00June 5th, 2013|14 Comments