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: From apes to canines, it’s all about empowerment

An animal’s ability to thrive in captivity (and in our homes) is greatly improved when they’ve been empowered to initiate activity.

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Dog's Eye View: Gangtsa’ dogs in the ’hood

More and more, I’m hearing complaints by clients that they can’t even take a walk in their own neighborhood without being accosted by off-leash dogs. For puppies, this can signal the onset of defensive behavior.

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Dog's Eye View: Adopted by Martians

Have you ever considered what it might feel like to be taken to a place where no one speaks your language or understands your culture and yet expects you to conduct yourself by an unspoken set of rules? I often ask people this question when I am starting them on their journey toward living with a new dog.

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Dog’s Eye View: Wait for the answer

Parents and teachers have done a wonderful job teaching children to ask permission to pet a strange dog, but I think that, with many children, the request has been confused with having been given permission to proceed.

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Dog’s Eye View: Dogs along the highway

A recent lengthy road trip with my husband and our bull terrier, Stuart, offered me some unexpected and refreshing interactions with people and their dogs. I wasn’t thinking in advance of this trip that I might experience some sweet and bittersweet contacts, but that’s what happened.

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Dog's Eye View: Love without knowledge

“Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend.” — Corey Ford

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Dog's Eye View: New habits hard to make

One of the most difficult issues associated with adopting a new puppy or rescue dog into your home is making the necessary changes and creating new habits.

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Dog's Eye View: He's just being stubborn

Think about the times you may have called your dog to come, and he hesitated. He may have stood still and looked at you, and you thought he was being stubborn. My question is, “How did you teach your dog to do that?”

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Dog’s Eye View: I’m melting, I’m melting!

Hot cars or trucks can create a coffin for someone left inside. We hear about these devastating cases throughout the year. 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.

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Dog’s Eye View: Flash, boom — It’s that time of year

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

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Dog’s Eye View: Command versus cue

To me, the word “command” carries the intention of a demand to receive one’s due or have the power to dominate, among other things. The word “cue” is a signal or prompt to begin a specific action.

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Dog's Eye View: Entree or ala carte?

Often, when I’m called in for consultations and training for the family dog, there are multiple topics to be addressed. In goal-setting for a positive outcome, we have to prioritize these behavioral issues and training challenges in order to create a plan for success.

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Dog’s Eye View: Management comes first

Something that always comes up when dog owners ask for help with any kind of unwanted behavior is the question of who has to change the most — their dog or themselves?

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Dog’s Eye View: Can you dig It?

Why do dogs dig? There are several really good reasons.

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Dog's Eye View: Consistency, clarity count

I had asked some visiting nieces to tell me about their dog, Buddy. They all agreed they loved him very much but that he was stubborn and not too smart.

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