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Plenty in Life Should Be Awesome

By |2013-05-29T11:20:14-04:00May 29th, 2013|Categories: Dog training, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In order to simplify training for pet owners, and to incorporate training into daily life, eliminating the need to set aside a specific time for it many trainers recommend the Nothing In Life is Free protocol (NILF)*. It has its merits, though an unfortunate name. Tagging along with the technique is a fuzzy notion of "we're in charge here and the sooner you figure that ...

Attach Away!

By |2013-02-28T10:11:10-05:00February 28th, 2013|Categories: Dog training, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , |

There is no shortage of things said or believed about dogs to make me, and others, cringe. Though I can understand "why" people believe the things they do, it doesn't change the fact that I wish they didn't. I understand why people would think the earth was flat, the sun revolved around us and because dogs are closely related to wolves they live in packs ...

Surviving Adoption

By |2012-12-02T10:42:52-05:00December 2nd, 2012|Categories: Dog training, Helping fearful dogs, Puppy mills|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Ray Coppinger studies the world's population of free-ranging dogs. These are the domesticated dog (as opposed to wild dogs) who are not under the reproductive control of humans. There are millions of them and they represent over 80% of the world's population of dogs. He has looked at how dogs end up living as pets. The most common thing that happens is that dogs adopt ...

Sh*t happens

By |2011-11-28T12:04:28-05:00November 28th, 2011|Categories: Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , |

It's true, sh*t happens and when it does it's good to know about it. It's like those fast food restaurants with the sign in the bathroom that says 'Please let us know if this restroom does not meet our high standards for cleanliness'. If sh*t happens and you don't know about it, how can you clean it up? In the industry of animal rescue, and ...

Off-topic on Adoption

By |2009-01-10T14:23:03-05:00January 10th, 2009|Categories: Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , |

I am straying from the fearful dog theme for just a moment. I have been looking at a lot of shelter and rescue websites. Some are fabulous, many are the obvious and well-intentioned efforts of people who are website novices, too many feature auto-music that starts blaring as the site loads (how can you expect someone at work to sneak a look if they're likely ...