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THE POWER OF ROUTINE

Why aren't we walking?! Time was, it never rained in Northern California in August. Mostly, that is. Sure, the occasional sprinkle in summer, but as a routine, it “never happened.” Last week, as I anticipated the arrival of our friend, Bob, for our weekly morning walk I was executing the morning routine of preparing for our walk in a more than usually sporadic manner, putting leashes and harnesses on earlier than necessary and then wandering around the house in [...]

By |August 16, 2022|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: , , |Comments Off on THE POWER OF ROUTINE

Choosing a Name is a Big Deal

Wolfie Choosing the right name for Fido is a serious business. It requires thought, sensitivity and forward planning. What seems like a cute name today may be cringe-worthy tomorrow. A wrong choice could prove not only embarrassing for you but cruel to your pet when you think about it. You don’t want to give your Mastiff a baby name even if he is an oversized lamb. The same principle applies to humans. I once knew a fellow who – [...]

By |July 11, 2022|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: , |Comments Off on Choosing a Name is a Big Deal

OVERSEAS ADVENTURE ANIMALS

Getting a lift instead of giving one Since the beginning of 2022, both Susie Harper and I have had the joy and pleasure of traveling to North Africa, Susie to Morocco and I to Egypt (and Jordan, which is technically part of Eurasia). For this blog we’ve teamed up with our collective photos and our conflicted thoughts about experiencing other animals (we’ll leave the human species for other bloggers) in different cultures. Moroccan cats       [...]

By |June 11, 2022|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: , |Comments Off on OVERSEAS ADVENTURE ANIMALS

Agility!

In an ongoing series on dog sports, Behavior and Training Director, Dawn Kovell, sheds light and enthusiasm on Agility! Also available, Flyball, Teaching your Dog to Swim and Dock Diving. As a dog trainer and behavior consultant for the Behavior and Training Department at Marin Humane I tell our clients that one of the first steps toward preventing and solving behavior problems is to ensure that the dog’s emotional cup is full. I know this to be true, I really do! [...]

By |May 10, 2022|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Agility!

Flyball, the Best Kept Secret in Dog Training

Velo doing his thing Flyball is a wild and crazy ride. It is unique among dog sports because it is a team sport. This aspect of the game makes it a nice entry level activity. The club trains, practices and camps together at the event so a newbie is able to bypass a lot of the stress involved with competing in a new activity. The other advantage of flyball as a debut sport is that the game itself is [...]

By |April 13, 2022|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Flyball, the Best Kept Secret in Dog Training

What the Dog Experts Don’t Teach You

Continuing the themes of Mistaken Identity and Spicy Chihuahuas, Neil Lurssen reminds us that some things you just have to learn on your own. Herewith, Neil's take on Beagles and a shelter Chihuahua he once befriended: At a shelter like ours you can learn all sorts of stuff about dogs from trainers who have strings of letters behind their names that show how well trained they are themselves. I don’t have any of those letters behind my name but I want [...]

By |March 10, 2022|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: , , |Comments Off on What the Dog Experts Don’t Teach You
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