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Be Quiet! How to Cue Up Silence

Be Quiet! How to Cue Up Silence

Behavior

The doorbell rang. Rudy the Miniature Schnauzer erupted into a frenzy of barking. He ran to the door and back to his parents, back and forth, with increasing urgency. At times, his bark reached such a high pitch, you were certain it physically penetrated your brain. Even after his folks had retrieved a package and […]

Life Lessons From a Dog Named Gobi

Life Lessons From a Dog Named Gobi

Relationships

Sometimes, victory doesn’t mean you cross the finish line first. Just ask ultramarathon runner Dion Leonard. He went to the Gobi Desert in China in 2016 to win a grueling six-day, 155-mile race. He finished second among the world-elite runners but is still enjoying life’s victory lap thanks to lessons he continues to learn from […]

How Long Does It Take to Train a Dog?

How Long Does It Take to Train a Dog?

Training

I am often asked how long it took to train my dog. I like it best when I am asked this question when I am walking Sky, who will be 14 in November, because my answer is always the same:  We’re still working on it. Pet owners often like to think of training as, say, […]

Poop: The Inside Scoop on Your Dog’s Output

Poop: The Inside Scoop on Your Dog’s Output

Health

Everyone who shares a home with a dog deals with poop on a daily basis. While it may not be the most appealing topic, learning about your dog’s “output” offers important insight into his health. Not only his food, but also your dog’s environment and emotional state, affects how his body works. Fear, anxiety, and […]

Dogs in Yards: Are They Happy?

Dogs in Yards: Are They Happy?

Exercise & Enrichment

Even those of us who love dogs don’t love the sound of constant barking. One effective way to get dogs to bark their heads off is to leave them outside in a yard alone. Maybe you have a neighbor who does this, but maybe you even do it yourself, because you think your dog loves […]

Training a Voluntary Blood Draw: It Can Be Done

Training a Voluntary Blood Draw: It Can Be Done

Training

About a year ago, when my veterinarian was unable to get a blood sample out of my reactive and extremely opinionated young Pug, I got to thinking. I have a background working in zoos, where it’s now common to train animals to cooperate in their own medical care. Animals of many species, including bears, hippos, […]

Keep Calm and Kennel On

Keep Calm and Kennel On

Kittens & Puppies, Training, Travel & Safety

Relaxing comfortably in a crate or carrier is a critical canine skill with many applications. A dog’s crate is an important management tool that assists in building better behaviors and deterring unwanted antics such as chewing furniture instead of appropriate toys or eliminating on the rug instead of outdoors. A kennel is also a protected […]