Dogfights, Part II

In my last post (Dogfights: Part I), I promised to reveal the word that I think frequently is at the heart of many unnecessary dogfights. Here’s the word: Cute. It’s amazing how often I hear this word. Today alone I got it twice. Once at Perrin Park in Wellesley from

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Dogfights, Part I: The Bad Word

I meet a fair number of people whose dog relationship is clouded by a fear of dogfights. It’s a bummer. These include very good dogs, and good people who have arrived at the idea that unless you are careful, dogfights can break out at any minute. It’s a bad feeling

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Does Your Dog Food Pass the Test?

I’ve been researching dog food lately, and I’m going to share a simple test for determining whether your dog food is any good.  But first, I’ll start with my newest pet peeve… Which Dog Food?  Answer the Dang Question! It bugs me when I hit the computer to research something

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Dog Behavior 101

Thanks to all who came out during a snow day to my talk at the Sherborn Library last week!  If you were there, feel free to leave a comment or question below.  For those who missed it, I will be giving a repeat performance at the Framingham Library on February

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Skill #1: Meeting New Dogs

Many folks struggle with the dog-dog introduction.  The clip below shows one of the ways I do it.  Several things to notice: The absence of formal commands. I minimize the use of “sit” and “heel” and other formal command-response techniques with my dogs. I do communicate with them using voice and

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The Myth of Dog Training

Take a look at this Golden walking with his owners. What’s wrong with this picture? Some people would say, “He’s pulling on the leash.  He needs to be trained.”  And that idea — that the principal remedy for a poorly-behaved dog is training —  is a common one, but it’s wrong.

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Are You Encouraging Instability?

Are you thinking that by behaving excitedly yourself, you are communicating something meaningful to her?

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Top 10 Dog Tips You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard

10. Stop Picking Up Your Little Dog I see many owners of small dogs who, when faced with a challenging situation such as an approaching larger dog, immediately swoop in and lift their dog to safety.  I think it’s a bad habit.   No matter the size, your dog is

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Gunner Gets His Groove Back

Gunner is a 9-year-old mix whose engaging Lab-like personality has a temporary layer of dog-dog and dog-owner aggression layered on top.  Gunner’s owner and I have been meeting to work on removing that layer, and so far his progress has been exciting. In our first meetings, we worked on the

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Car Safety

The other day I was driving along with Maeby in the front seat. A big rabbit dashed in front of the car and I hit the brakes pretty hard. Maeby tried to keep her balance but ended up awkwardly crumpled in the footwell. Although she was unhurt, I felt bad

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