On the Invisible Fence

Last winter, I pulled over to help a young Labrador back to the safety of his yard. He was playing in the snow bank opposite his home on a very dangerous stretch of wooded road. I knew this dog lived on the other side of the road as I had previously witnessed the...

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...