Is it really too much to ask for permission first?

It’s fitting that I had the experience I had today while walking with Hawk in Coolidge Corner. Since she came to me at 5 months of age last August, I have posted many photos and entire albums of Hawk’s Socialization Adventures on my Facebook page. Next week, May...

Of Devices and Dogs

The choice is ours… to share our lives with dogs. Our hope (and plan) is to build a relationship that is based on mutual love and respect… the stuff of unconditional love. Dogs love us no matter what. Right?   The bond between dogs and people has a long history, some...

Breed Matters

The mistake most people make with regard to choice of breed is that they only think about what they like about the breed. They do not consider the problems that come up especially as a result of lacking early socialization and training. Some breed considerations:...

The Calm Before The Storm, part 1.

Just before two dogs launch into a fight or a dog lands a bite on a human hand, there’s a moment of stillness referred to as a ‘freeze’ in dog behavior talk. That moment before is final negotiation time. It is the last warning that you will be dealt a blow if you do...

What’s Math Got To Do With Dog Training?

If my clients were all sitting in a room together, many of them could say, “She said that to us, too”. “Imagine someone having their hands pressed against your throat. Would you still be able to do algebra? ” That’s just one of my math analogies. At any moment in...

The Dogs I Have Known Series ~ Irie

Irie, my chocky dog girl. Irie was a beautiful chocolate Lab. She loved the game of fetch. That’s what she was doing with her Mom the very first time I saw her at Amory Park in Brookline Ma some 13 years ago. She moved with ease… and was one of the most athletic dogs...

The Dogs I Have Known Series ~ Daisy

Daisy, my bassett hound love. Guess which hound dog breed is my favorite of the hound dog breeds? Easy answer, indeed. And, as is often the case, this is due to my long positive relationship with a great representative of the breed. Daisy, ‘my’ Bassett Hound Dog Girl...

The Dogs I Have Known Series ~ Kirby

Kirby passed recently at the age of 13 years and 2 days. She was taken down by hemangiosarcoma, a very deadly cancer of the blood that is all too common in German Shepherd Dogs. Although she looks like a GSD, she was actually an F1 cross between a GSD and a Sheltie....