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: I once was lost, but now I’m found

In a previous article (“Identity theft”), I wrote about different types of identification that would be helpful if your dog was lost. One summer, about 35 years ago, I lost my Irish terrier, Finn. My husband and I were out of town. Throughout a period of three days, Finn was spotted by friends whom he knew, but he kept running.

Dog's Eye View: The sport of scent detection

Earlier this year, I traveled to Fort Collins, with my Rat Terrier named Skippy, to participate in a Nose Work Trial sponsored by the National Association of Canine Scent Work. The trial site was located at the Equine Center in an amazing place filled with all types of delicious doggy smells.

Dog's Eye View: Define training

Let’s start with synonyms: For humans, to train is to teach, educate, tutor, instruct, coach etc. To train is a verb meaning to learn the skills necessary to do a job, or teach somebody such skills, especially through practical experience. When I teach a class or client this definition applies.

Dog's Eye View: Training through adolescence

She was so soft. She nuzzled close and licked my chin and fell asleep in my arms. Putting her to bed was like gently placing a tiny infant to rest. You hardly could bear to leave her alone. She looked at you with such adoration. You were the light of her life. She took your gentle reprimands with a woeful look of humility. She lived to please you and be near you and follow you everywhere. You were her hero and protector. And then she turned 6 months old, the age of burgeoning adolescence.

Dog's Eye View: Live long and vegetate?

The saying, “A tired dog is a well-behaved dog,” addresses an important aspect of daily exercise. But it seems we are only appreciating a small part of the capability of our dog’s brains. Dogs are ready and able to interact with us in so many ways. We haven’t even scratched the surface yet.

Dog's Eye View: Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Here are some tips for multiple dog households

So many of us open our homes to multiple dogs and experience the joy and the chaos that ensues. Two dogs are manageable most of the time. Three dogs can create chaos, but in the right household, it can be managed effectively. More than three can create two different families living under the same roof. Why?

Dog's Eye View: A latte and a bully good time

It’s summer, so it’s time to sit at an outside cafe with friends. This, of course, means with your wonderful doggie companion, as well. This always has been a goal and a special pleasure to share with my bull terrier, Stuart.

Dog's Eye View: 'Why does my dog do that?'

We all seem to fancy certain breed types for specific reasons that speak to us emotionally and visually. We also love our mixed breed dogs for the characteristics we see in them that endear them to us.

Dog's Eye View: The worst kept secret

There are many ways that this can happen. Some folks think that catching their new puppy or adopted dog in the act of making a mistake and “spanking” him is the way to teach him what the rules are. He might think about what he just did if your timing was immediately after the accident. Or, if you’re late in spanking him, you may have disciplined him for something totally unrelated.

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

With summer here and days heating up, remember to keep your dogs safe while traveling in your car. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it 100 times already. But important information is worth repeating. A sad short story is in order to drive home this important point.

Dog's Eye View: K9 CPR and first aid

Would you think that a credit card could be a useful first aid tool? Did you know that choking is the No. 1 trauma killer in dogs? Do you know what the normal temperature of your dog is? These are just a few of the topics covered in the K9 CPR and first aid program that was presented by Paramedic Eric “Odie” Roth at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs on May 17.

Dog's Eye View: Shelter dogs and foster families

Early in the month of May, I worked with a committee of wonderful, dedicated people who share the same passion for helping shelter dogs.

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Dog's Eye View: Phobia or Foible

Chapter 4 in the not so secret life of Maxwell SMART

A phobia is an irrational fear. A situation that one person sees as perfectly OK, another will panic at the sight or mention of it. A foible is a quirky behavior but it doesn’t carry a strong emotional response. Maxwell SMART has a phobia about cooking in the kitchen. Or is it a foible?

Dog's Eye View: Flash, boom! It's that time of year

You may have a dog that suffers from thunderstorm phobia or may know someone whose dog does. This is a very upsetting problem for owners and dogs and can be the cause of serious injury to some dogs. Here are some actions that veterinarians, researchers, behavior professionals and laypeople have found that may help.

Dog's Eye View: 'Don’t give up the ship!' Relationship, that is…

I often heard my Dad, who served in the Navy in World War II, use the phrase “Don’t give up the ship” when we were faced with a crises or an especially difficult challenge. It’s been part of my repertoire my whole life, so I decided to title this article using that famous phrase. In doing so, I’ll pay homage to the historical event that precipitated that quote.

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