New Puppy – Great Beginings

Three months ago I got a new puppy. I named him Signal, Siggy … Freud … Sig and he’s great! Fast learner. Active. Agile. Motion attraction. Amazing bounce … and likes pretty much everything. Would he be a good choice for everybody? For sure not, probably too fast a learner, too active, too agile, too…

Dog Emotions

Emotion drives learning, it drives action, change, and behaviors. There are some emotions that are the same behavior from the canine … these are core emotions. Anger or Rage = snarls, bites, escape physical restraint. The lower level of this is frustration, which is sparked by mental restraint. Fear = freeze or run away, when survival…

Morning Walk

Morning Walk Sunlight oozes out, One delicate day begun, Us, shadows copy

Harm or Help

In this era of finding dog abusers everywhere. The era of making unsubstantiated or poorly researched claims on social media. The era of ‘not’ doing the right thing? I saw this post on a northern Wisconsin city Craig’s List . Here’s the photo from the post. Kind of ironic, don’t you think? The Header said, “Dog…

What kind of training to do for your pup?

Home schooled puppy, puppy preschool, doggy basic, one-on-one with a trainer, web-based learning, board and train, specialized classes. There are actually a few options. One I didn’t include, and which seems all too popular, but not effective, is let the dog be a dog. This last one may or may not have an initial bout of…

What will come next?

#1 .  Black lab puppy and running child … what comes next? #2.  Rabbit hopping and dog let out the door … what comes next? #3.  Door bell rings and the dogs are in the house … what comes next? #4.  Get coat on, dog is jumping and barking, and open the door… what comes…

Weighty problems – excess kills

Spicy was my beagle-mix. She was a 30#, brown velvet eared, lovely eyed beauty of a dog.  I took her along with me when I went to live with my Grandfather and go to college.  She was an easy dog in many ways, people friendly, and soon had the  dairy-farming neighborhood in her pocket. I…

Organizing Training- making a plan for whining

I think barking is easier to resolve than whining is. Whining takes so little effort on the dogs part and can be sneaked in with no telegraphing of body language before hand. And a dog who whines is __________ (irritating, frustrating, a bother, getting on nerves, sneaky). I’m organizing; no more off-the-cuff winging it on…

Leaving your dog with friends or family or hired hand

Leaving you, beloved canine, with friends or family or hired help could be a no-brainer or it, could be a disaster. So how to set it up so it’s likely smooth going? Dog Care-taking Safety Checklist ID and Rabies Tag on Dog, recent photo of dog: Vet Clinic phone number, location, preferred vet: Address and…

Reading your dog – why use video

I get a fair amount of push back from people when I say things like “patting him on the head isn’t a reward, he’s not liking it.” And maybe I should be more factual, “when you patted him on the head he ducked away and left you, or he started sniffing the ground, or he…