Points of View

If you can start the day without caffeine,

If you can get going without pep pills,

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can resist … Read more

When Knowing Dog Training Comes in Handy for Raising Kids — Or Operant Conditioning: Part 2

nagging1-copy In my earlier post on Operant Conditioning: Part 1, I explained how it can be used with great success at motivating 2-leggeds and 4-leggeds. I shared the example of how, at Cait’s suggestion, I used +R (Positive Reinforcement) along with -P (Negative Punishment) to help motivate her to change an undesired behavior (chewing with mouth open) to a desired behavior (chewing with mouth closed). You can read about how we did that here.

In this post, I’d like to … Read more

7 Best Dog Raising & Training Books

Maybe you’ve seen this ditty passed around in an email:

Ten Rules for Being Human

1.  You will receive a body.
2. You will be presented with lessons.
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons.
4. Lessons are repeated until learned.
5. Learning does not end.
6. There is no better than Here.
7. Others are only mirrors of you.
8.What you make of your life is up to you.
9. All the answers lie inside of you.
10. You Read more

Kiera Update and Diagnosing Your Dog’s Abscessed Tooth

kiera1 I picked up Kiera late yesterday afternoon and she had a tough night.  She’s doing much better this morning.

The vet thinks the growth was a result of an abscessed tooth, which she removed with a section of the gum just to be safe. It looks like we dodged a  bullet! Exhaling now…

While Kiera is resting comfortably at my feet, I thought I’d use this time to talk about what can cause a canine abscessed tooth, what some of … Read more

Dog Aggression May Be Caused By Aggressive Treatment by Owners, New Study Finds

Having lived with and loved a rescue dog who came to me with aggression problems, and having been around the block with various training philosophies to find one that worked,  I’m happy to see that progress is being made in the understanding of what actually helps and what hurts.  While I know there are many Cesar Milan fans out there, research is beginning to discover what many good trainers have known for a long time — traditional punitive training can … Read more

Seeking “Smart Dog” Stories

Hey guys, want to make your smart dog famous?  I’m writing a book that will include stories about how dogs demonstrate their intelligence. I’d like to include a story about your Doggy Einstein if you’ve got a good one.

If you think for a moment, I’ll bet you can recall several stories.

To help jog your memory:

Has your dog ever demonstrated uncommon common sense?

Has your dog ever shown cleverness or trickiness in getting its needs met, or in any other

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One For the Book

As I continue to collect amazing stories about dogs showing their smarts, I’d like to share the occasional one with you.  I’ve selected this story because it speaks volumes on so many levels.  See if you agree.

~This story came to me from Margo Seamus in Washington

The Ground Beneath Her Feet

I have two Keeshonds: Apollo, who I got when he was a puppy, and Keesha, who came to us from Rescue when she was a bit older. While

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Extreme Sheep LED Art — You Won’t Believe Your Eyes!

What do you get with a herd of sheep, some LED lights, a few highly trained sheepdog and some rather imaginative Welsh shepherds? You won’t believe your eyes! Really. You won’t. (Make sure you stay for the fireworks.)

“We took to the hills of Wales armed to the teeth with sheep, LEDs and a camera, to create a huge amazing LED display.”

I’d say yeah, and then some.

Go here to watch an interview with the shepherds on BBC, if … Read more