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What Every Pet Owner Needs To Know About Dog Trainers

By |2015-02-05T11:38:15-05:00February 5th, 2015|Categories: Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , |

1. Dog training is an unregulated industry. This means ANYONE can tap themselves on the shoulder with a sword and anoint themselves a; trainer, behaviorist, whisperer, dog psychologist, rehabilitator, nanny, etc. 2. Dog training is an unregulated industry. This means anyone can anoint themselves as the certifier of; trainers, behaviorists, whisperers, dog psychologists, rehabilitators, nannies, etc. 3. Dog training is an unregulated industry. This means ...

Caribbean Volunteer Vacation-Changing Our Lives

By |2014-05-30T10:10:23-04:00May 30th, 2014|Categories: Dog training, Fostering Dogs, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I suppose that when one has lived long enough it's easy to slide into waxing philosophical about life, and I have definitely stepped onto that slope. Having been fortunate to have what I needed in life as far as my physical needs being met--safe home, food, medical care, etc., I have had the luxury to invest time, money and energy into the things that bring ...

Going To The Dogs

By |2013-10-08T05:00:16-04:00October 8th, 2013|Categories: Dog training, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Theories abound on what dogs need in order to be happy and successful pet dogs. Happy may be subjective but successful means they remain in the home they find themselves. Some will suggest they need love, leadership, dominance, training, etc., and definitions of each will vary from person to person. But the one thing we know about dogs is that they are social animals who ...

What It Takes

By |2013-07-30T08:37:46-04:00July 30th, 2013|Categories: Dog training, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I had a call recently from a concerned owner with a service dog who was becoming more and more reactive to sounds and changes in her environment. The dog was described as "timid" even on arrival into the home of her new handler. I will not address the reality that someone trained and placed a dog to be a service dog in the community who ...

Summertime

By |2013-07-26T09:58:26-04:00July 26th, 2013|Categories: Dog training, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The neighbor kid has enjoyed learning how to train dogs For the past two summers I've been staying with my mum near Cape Cod. I know that having her youngest, and least fastidious daughter come and stay along with her four dogs is a challenge for her, but it's a trade-off she's had to make. Despite needing to spray the couch with Febreeze ...

I Confess

By |2013-07-09T09:52:45-04:00July 9th, 2013|Categories: Dog training, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , |

I live with 4 dogs who I enjoy the company of, care greatly about and wouldn't trade for the world. I like to think that they feel the same about me. But lately, as friends get sturdy puppies who are growing up to be confident and handsome dogs, I find myself feeling nostalgic about dogs from my past. And dreaming of dogs in my future. ...

The Way We Were

By |2013-06-24T11:08:35-04:00June 24th, 2013|Categories: Dog training, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , |

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 ...

Feeling is Believing

By |2013-02-24T15:13:22-05:00February 24th, 2013|Categories: Dog training, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

During our daily woods walk I spied a piece of birch bark rolled up and lying on the snow. Nibbles also saw it and tentatively stretched his nose toward it for a sniff. I felt myself experience a small hit of adrenalin that often accompanies events that scare or startle me. Other than it being the same size and dimensions of a belly-up grey squirrel, and ...

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 ...