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Dear Dogs

A pet-loving friend sent this to me and cc’d a copy to Andrew. There’ve been several versions that have made the rounds. It still cracks me up.

Dear Dogs,

When I say to move, it means to go someplace else, not switch positions with each other so there are still two dogs in the way.

The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate does not stake a claim making it your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me […]

By |2008-01-29T13:24:02-05:00October 30th, 2006|Dogs in General, Funnies|2 Comments

Cesar Millan

Okay, I have to say it. I don’t like Cesar Millan’s training methods. He’s set dog training back about 20 years.

The Alpha Roll?! Come on, really. And I don’t know of any good trainer who would EVER say, “Don’t try this at home.” Then what’s the point, I ask you? Showmanship, ego, and money. That’s the point.

It’s not that Millan is wholly without merit. There are some training techniques that even Millan doesn’t have to turn into an aggressive “Me Leader–You Lower Than Dog Poop” show. But, on the whole, I find this man painful to watch. And I almost always feel very sorry for the dog.

There are several world-caliber trainers who run circles around […]

By |2016-10-24T09:57:02-04:00October 17th, 2006|Dog Training, Dogs in General|1 Comment

Would you do it to your dog?

I’ve been following Marc Bekoff’s work on Ethology (the scientific study of animal behavior) for years. He’s written and edited a number of books on the subject, including The Smile of a Dolphin: Remarkable Accounts of Animal Emotions, a collection of short essays on animal behavior.

One of his recent articles asks the question of animal research scientists, “Would you do it to your dog?”, in an attempt to address the question of animal experimentation in general, while highlighting the perhaps unconscious hypocrisy of animal researchers who conduct experiments by day and share their lives with dogs by night.

Bekoff’s main point is that, ” Our relationship with nonhuman animals is a […]

By |2016-10-24T09:57:02-04:00October 5th, 2006|Dogs in General|0 Comments

10 Great Reasons to Have a Dog

Yesterday, I had the good fun of speaking with a terrific group of kids who were spending their week at Mahogany Ridge KidsCamp. It’s a camp where kids and their dogs get to play and learn together. Theresa Richmond, the camp director and trainer, (whom some of you may remember from Dogs of Dreamtime) invited me to give a talk on what it’s like to write about dogs.

As with training dogs, writing about dogs is best learned by doing. So the kids worked on an article together entitled “10 Great Reasons to Have a Dog.” First, each child wrote down their reasons, and then we added up how many of those sentiments were shared by others.

What follows is the tally […]

By |2016-10-24T09:57:03-04:00August 17th, 2006|Dogs in General, On Writing|65 Comments