EXTREME POTTY

Categories: Behavior & Training
I live in Northern California where currently we are being deluged by what is known as an atmospheric river. That is a poetic way to say it’s raining cats and dogs, which is an old school way to say there is a brick ton of water, hail and snow falling out of the sky. Those …

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Judging (not judging) the Pampered Pedigreed Pooches

Categories: Behavior & Training
We all have sleepless moments in the wee hours staring at the bedroom ceiling while pondering unanswerable questions. Like – how do bald people list hair color on their driver’s license? Another troubling uncertainty – how do farmers grow seedless fruit? Here’s a puzzle that makes me re-examine the imperfections on my ceiling: How do …

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Scenting Part 2: Putting Your Big Human Brain on Hold

Categories: Behavior & Training
I currently have a flock of eager students who are anticipating their first ORT (Odor Recognition Test) this fall. All of them have been with me since foundation classes, tossing meaty treats in boxes, and now they are fine tuning the look of a Trained Formal Response on birch, anise and clove. They have learned …

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Scenting and Shelter Dogs; Doing What Comes Naturally

Categories: Behavior & Training
What do the following titles “Little and Proud,” “The Girls Have It,” “Four Queens and a King,” and “Handler, Who Needs a Handler?” have in common? If you guessed it, then you clearly follow the antics of the Shelter Scents Team as headed and documented by Burt Greenspan. Burt, Donna Kalal and Peter Ornstein run …

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Can dogs predict the future?

Categories: Behavior & Training
Yes – at times. The next time our family pooches start behaving in an agitated way for no good reason that we can see, we may want to check our disaster survival supplies – water, first-aid kit, essential medications, spare clothes, cash money, and the rest of what we need to cope with the Big …

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