Monthly Archives: January 2015

It Is NOT Cute

This is part of a series I am working on for the local paper.   I am able to expand upon this here and make additions I cannot on a print paper. _______________________________ I was sent a video of a darling … Continue reading

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What is a Dog?

I am editing and fully reformatting my second book.  It is winter and no way I can get out and take pictures for it, therefore I am doing yet another rewrite – amazing the things I found even after it … Continue reading

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The World Dog Trainers Motivation Transparency Challenge

Outstanding trainer, Jean Donaldson’s three questions inspired this challenge that was sent out by John Mc Guigan.  Instead of doing a video, which my readers may not see, I decided to do the challenge in my column.  This piece is … Continue reading

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Don’t Suck it Up and Deal With It!

This is a short piece on desensitizing vs saturating (flooding) to help a dog (or child) get over fears.  It was printed over a year ago in Northern Virginia Today. At the time I am posting this, my daughter is … Continue reading

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Dog Safety – the other end of the spectrum

Generally I wait until a piece has been published in the paper before sharing on my blog – in this case I blogged the same day I submitted. ______________________________________ In 2000, I developed The Safe Kids/Safe Dogs Project with a … Continue reading

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Pet Therapy – a special bond

The old, gray, black and white dog lay sleeping in the blueberry bushes at the top of Cadillac Mountain. She, at 11 1/2, had just finished hiking a steep, arduous trail that extended over a mile. No one pushed her; … Continue reading

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Rally: New Life for Old Dogs

Several competitors near me were commenting on how great Rally was for young dogs just getting starting in competitions.  Laid back, no off lead in Novice and you can be more encouraging than in Obedience.  The competitors were starting young … Continue reading

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