Dog's Eye View columns

This weekly column about dog training publishes on Fridays in the Steamboat Today.

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Dog's Eye View: On demand companionship and the dog

Your dog needs you. The most important ingredient in any relationship is being present and doing right by the dog living in your household.

Dog's Eye View: Time to say 'goodbye'

My husband Ron and I had our last day with Beretta, our 14-year-old whippet. It was several weeks ago. My husband had been nursing Beretta along through waning health for a couple of years. Finally, Beretta stopped eating and could not easily walk or stand. It was time.

Dog's Eye View: A good idea gone bad

Depending on the genetics and social skills, along with a dose of breed disposition, we need to screen dogs in the workplace as carefully as we would any employee.

Dog's Eye View: 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'

The very uniqueness and adaptability of our beloved canines allows for a myriad of interesting relationships. It’s important to look at the whole picture when evaluating what we might think is “good or bad” behavior.

Dog's Eye View: I'm melting! I'm melting!

Hot cars or trucks can create a coffin for dogs left inside. We hear about these devastating cases throughout the year, but for some of us, leaving our dog at home is either not an option or we are taking a road trip for adventures with our canine buddy.

Dog's Eye View: What did you say?

In training our canine companions, it's important to speak the language.

Dog's Eye View: Things that make you say, 'Hmmm'

Our canines are one of the few animals who excel in understanding humans. That’s why we have them in our lives.

Dog's Eye View: I can hear you!

In training animals, raising one's voice can do more harm than good.

Dog's Eye View: Moose on the loose in Steamboat

Awareness and knowledge can prevent human/moose encounters.

Dog's Eye View: "Cross this line, you die"

Letting dogs run off-leash around wildlife can, and does, lead to grave consequences.

Dog's Eye View: Independent thinking in dogs

In multiple dog families — like multiple child families — each member should find their own place.

Dog's Eye View: From apes to canines, it's all about control

Pets need to feel empowered in order to thrive.

Dog's Eye View: The other side of the story

Awareness and a leash can prevent an unpleasant encounter while walking your "friendly dog."

Dog's Eye View: It's the little things that count

Dog training never ends.

Dog's Eye View: It's hotter than you think

Short waits can add up to extreme heat for dogs confined in cars.

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