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Making Sure Your Dog is Comfortable with Alone Time

I’m incredibly fortunate to have had a career that has allowed me to work from my home for the past 25 years or so....

Editorial: Penance

I’ve been haunted for some years ago by an experience with a shelter dog. The person who does the evaluations of prospective adoption candidates...

Good Reads

For the most part, the articles in WDJ contain information that you can go right out and put into practice – training tips, food-selection...

Have a Dog? You Are a Trainer

I confess: I am absolutely fascinated with animal behavior and “training.” I think about it all the time – so much so, that I even...

We Believe in You

I was flabbergasted when I read the advice of a prominent veterinary nutritionist that dog owners should do themselves a favor and “stop reading...

Do The Work To Keep Your Dog Comfortable During New Experiences

In November, I went to a seminar about dog behavior and training and, for the first time in my life, brought a dog so...

If You Are Angry, It’s Not Training

Not long ago, I got to take a weekend off in San Diego. On the first day, quite by accident, I ended up at...
whole dog journal editor Nancy Kerns

Don’t Be Loyal

For about 18 months, I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on about canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). I started right after the...
whole dog journal editor Nancy Kerns

Agree to Disagree

There’s an old joke about dog trainers: What’s the only thing you can get two dog trainers to agree about? That the third one...

Going Long

Summer is for reading, yes? These long summer days are a perfect time to relax and enjoy a good, long read that improves your...

Confidence Lost

When Woody (my three-year-old pit bull-mix) was a tiny puppy, just another one in a litter of nine that I was fostering for my...
whole dog journal editor Nancy Kerns

Doing Time in the Waiting Room

It’s June, and northern California, so we’re here (probably) for a foxtail. My tenant left the side gate to my office/house open, and Odin...

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Bits Of Advice For New Dog Owners

Last week, I “fostered” a dog for four nights – not a big deal. He was a hound-mix, about a year old,...

Samson doesn’t enjoy temps below 70. ...

Vet visit for Miss Coco; Woody tagging along as canine security blanket. (OMG, you guys, a vet who will let us come into the clinic! I am so excited!) ...

She may be a kangaroo, but she’s a happy little kangaroo ...

I can use this to blackmail her when she is out of her teenage phase. #crushingonwoody ...

Foster pup has a mystifying medical issue. Will be posting about this in the WDJ blog later this week. Had to post here first so there would be a way for readers to see Coco in action.

*Bonus* You get to hear me tell my darling Woody to “Go away!!” (I was trying to film and he was shoving me, trying to get me to throw the ball. Sorry!)
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You don’t have to throw it. Just give it to me! ...

Please throw the ball! ...

New, cute poses of her love affair with (somewhat indifferent and highly tolerant) Woody ...

Foster puppy loveslovesLOVES Uncle Woody. He is accustomed to this adulation, lol ...

Took a minute for ourselves. Ahhhhh. ...

Woody has a new project puppy. ...

Having hands would be helpful, but he does okay. (I think he deliberately drops his ball into places that will sometimes elicit my help...but I wasn’t helping, so he had to deal.) ...

"You're leaving us again, aren't you?" Spending long days at the emergency animal shelter, where pets displaced by local fire are being cared for by volunteers. It's hard on our own dogs, but at least they have homes. ...

One dog is enjoying our evacu-cation in a hotel more than the other.

Our neighborhood is under a mandatory evacuation due the the #bearfire, but we don't think our house is actually in danger currently. The fire went FAR, FAST, night before last, so they wanted folks out of the way. The wind has died down and the fire line is holding. In the meantime, like Woody, we will try to enjoy ourselves, until we can get back home.

My thoughts go to those who lost homes and animal friends. Best local relief org:
https://www.nvcf.org/donate
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