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How to Teach a ‘You Choose’ Cue

Introduce choice to your dogs by teaching a 'You Choose' cue.

Life Lessons Learned From Training Dogs

When I first started to learn about training, it was in the world of competitive dog obedience. In that specialized niche, dog training was...

Crate Expectations: What You Need to Know About Your Dog’s Crate

I first learned about crate-training for dogs in the early 1980s and have been a big fan ever since. There are many advantages to having...

Why It’s Important to Teach Your Dog to Trade

Sometimes we need to take things away from our dog and that’s when the trade trick becomes vital. Here’s how to teach your dog to trade.

The Play Way for Shy and Fearful Dogs

Play is a widespread feature of social animals. Humans play. Dogs play. Maybe our shared need for and love of play is part of...

How to Teach Your Dog to Wait

Old-fashioned training (the kind I grew up with) was mostly “don’t do stuff” – as in “Sit, Stay, Behave!” – where “Behave”...

Protocol for Teaching a Safe “Trade” With Your Dog

Start with your dog on a leash and either stand on the end of the leash or tether him to something solid so he...

The “I Come In Peace” Guarding-Modification Protocol

This guarding-modification protocol, created by my friend and fellow trainer Kelly Fahey, owner of The DogSmith of Hunterdon in Pittstown, New Jersey, is a...

Changing a Resource-Guarder

Resource-guarding – that is, protecting valuable possessions – is a natural, normal canine behavior. Yet at some point we humans developed the arrogant and...

5 Indoor Games to Engage Your Dog’s Brain When You Can’t Go Out

Here are some of our favorite brain activities to help you and your dog survive the coronavirus shutdown.
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How to Prevent Your Dog From Bugging You When You’re Working From Home

A whole lot of dog owners are working from home now, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Lots of dogs are loving it...

Reducing Your Dog’s Stress

Clearly, one of the best ways to help your dog have a better quality of life is to reduce the amount of stress she...

Latest Blog

Rescue Workers From Across the Country Join the California Wildfire Animal...

Last week, I mentioned that there were a number of people coming to help locally with the emergency animal shelters established here...

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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#noon #nofilter #cafires #smoke ...

If I was half as brave as this pup, there isn't anything I couldn't do.

Dogs are the best, man. Surgery 24 hours ago and he is doing great. Thanks for the well wishes.
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Stuff that's wrecked. Surgery day tomorrow. Send us good juju! ...

I know, it's a *terrible* idea to let the 70 lb pit-mix play with the puppy with the broken leg... but for crying out loud!

Vet has ascertained that the puppy's left hock was broken weeks ago, and is beyond reasonable or certain repair. So the little guy is going to have it amputated soon. In the meantime, he is a puppy... and Woody is golden. Ah, my heart. This puppy is killing me!

Fortunately, he has an adopter lined up and ready to take him.
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Rip out your heart and hand it over. This tiny foster guy, found in a ditch and covered with fleas, has a badly broken rear leg, needs amputation. Working with a local rescue to get his surgery scheduled STAT. Hosting until he has surgery, recovers, and can find a perfect home. ...

He's a fishing dog, belongs to a fisherman. (He is actually fishing for crawdads, his dad says he catches as many as a dozen a day!) ...

When the forecast is over 105 for the next week... ...

Grandson watched an episode of Stranger Things with his older cousin and was too scared to go to sleep last night. We called in the sleep specialist for help. Woody is a champion snuggler...problem solved. ...

One dog worries about me more than the other. ...

JUST found out it's National Mutt Day! Celebrate your mutt! Woohoo! ...