Monthly Archives: September 2013

Giving My Dog A Life

Giving My Dog A Life Please feel free to "like" my latest Facebook page and post your own pictures of the good life you give your dogs. Let's stop shaming dogs and give them a life!

By |2013-09-30T10:23:20-04:00September 30th, 2013|0 Comments

Take It When You Can Get It

In November Sunny will have lived with us for 8 years. He has remained wary and afraid of my husband for those 8 years. There are likely a variety of reasons for this. John is a man, dogs tend to be more afraid of men than they are of women. Early on in their relationship there were several events that scared Sunny, quite literally sh**less [...]

By |2013-09-29T14:12:12-04:00September 29th, 2013|27 Comments

Packing Up Their Toys

There was a blog post going around recently that could have easily been parody as serious. It was written by a volunteer trainer at a shelter who was declaring he was never going to volunteer at an animal shelter again because of his recent experience at one. The reason for his defection? Were dogs being mistreated? Were the conditions gross and unsanitary? Were too many [...]

By |2013-09-24T10:01:27-04:00September 24th, 2013|41 Comments

Fostering Success: Do No Harm

Food toys are a great way to show a dog a good time The most important role a foster caregiver can play in the life of a dog in transition is to ensure that the dog, at the very minimum, does not develop new fears, concerns or reasons to distrust people. Every dog in the rescue system would have a unique tale to [...]

By |2013-09-21T12:16:37-04:00September 21st, 2013|9 Comments

Fostering Success

Giving a dog an interim home while they are in the rescue system is a kind and generous act. Few who do it seem to realize how important the role they play is. It goes beyond providing a safe and comfortable place for a dog to reside while a permanent home is sought for them. Though they are not pack animals, dogs are social animals. [...]

By |2013-09-18T12:10:36-04:00September 18th, 2013|20 Comments

Alternatives to Alpha

Alternatives to AlphaWhen we know better we do better. It's about time that more people knew better. More voices are helping to get the better information out there. If you still think that dogs need pack leaders, and that you must use dominance in order to live happily with your dog, this free webinar is worth every second. Can you let go of out-dated ideas that [...]

By |2013-09-10T18:32:29-04:00September 10th, 2013|6 Comments

Wasting a Good System

Every organism on the planet needs to behave in particular ways in order to survive. For some the behavior is more complex, for others it might be moving in one direction with their mouth (or whatever it is they have that allows nutrients in) open. Even microscopic organisms will change their behavior based on whether or not they are reinforced for a particular behavior. They [...]

By |2013-09-07T11:09:26-04:00September 7th, 2013|9 Comments