Buying or adopting a “trained” dog in the hopes that all of the work is done for you is a nice idea. My experience sometimes tells a different story.
Here’s a dictionary definition of dominant: to dominate is to influence, control or rule by superior power or authority; also to occupy the most prominent position in or over. The label “dominant” does not give us a clear description of what the dog does that make us think he is being dominant. Dominant says what the animal is (emotional) rather than what he does (behavioral).
Years ago, while my husband and I were visiting friends, something happened. Our friends were avid coin collectors and had amassed quite a large collection. They were showing us some of the rarer and more interesting coins and left them on a table when we went out for dinner. Upon returning, we found the coins scattered across the living room floor. Many were missing. Yes, the more valuable ones were among the missing.
This is the story of a horse called “Clever Hans" that took place in the early 1900s. Hans was owned by a retired mathematics instructor named Wilhelm von Osten. He lived in Berlin and was in his 60s at the time of this scenario.
Why doesn’t my dog like me? This question comes up from time to time when someone calls for help with their dog.
Most of us are environmentally conscious. We recycle, leave no foot print when we camp, take our own bags to the grocery store and purchase environmentally friendly products. We work at respecting our Earth and preserving our planet for future generations.
The extreme cold spell we recently had really brought home the fact that it takes good clothing to handle being outdoors in below-zero weather. I’m happy that more information is becoming available about what life is like for the pets in our care during the winter months, too.
When you first bring that cute little puppy home, he’s absolutely perfect. Then after just a short time, things start to unravel. He’s running all over the house. He’s not potty trained. He chews on anything. He barks and runs away and jumps on everybody and everything. Sound familiar?
Inside activities to enjoy with your dog
This is the second installment of a play list article that came out in November. Here are a few more reasons to create indoor activities to keep your dog from driving you crazy with increased barking, chewing, pawing you and other annoying habits.
A few weeks ago, I met three young men from the United Kingdown who were bicycling around the world. Yes, you read that correctly, around the world. They were sitting outside of McDonalds working on their bikes after eating “double orders” of food. I was fascinated by their journey and asked them many questions.
A series of New Year's resolutions from the dog's point of view.
After a life enriched with outside activities and basking in the sun all summer long, our dogs can start feeling all pent up and bored, too.
The dog gear industry is booming, even in these difficult economic times. I’ve made a list of a few gift ideas for the family dog, or the family who has a dog.
I’ll bet every dog- and cat-owning family has their special Christmas traditions. Our family did, and much of it revolved around sparing the beautiful heirloom ornaments on the tree, not to mention the tree itself.
Winter is beginning in our valley. For some us who aren’t conditioned for winter sports, it leaves us wishing for more activities to fill our time and keep from experiencing the winter doldrums. After a life enriched with outside activities and basking in the sun all summer long, our dogs can start feeling bored, too.