Sandra Kruczek and I will finish this semester’s Head Start Puppy Class this week. I can’t think of too many things that make me happier than spending six weeks watching these amazing puppies grow, both physically and “intellectually.” I use that word light-heartedly. They are puppies, after all.
I believe dog training or behavior modification requires total teamwork.
If you don’t know this sweet song or the musical from which it came, “The King and I,” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, do yourself a favor and check it out. The lyrics are, in my mind, a perfect description of how a new friendship might be formed.
For our canine walking buddies, sociability is the number-one personality trait required to have good off-leash encounters with other dogs.
A person who multitasks is often held up as the ultimate achiever (but) there are times when it’s a good idea to allow ones self the luxury of focusing on a single task. Learning or teaching a new skill is one of those times.
We just started a new series of puppy classes. The best thing for me is to meet these bright and hopeful families who are seeking knowledge to set their life on a course of establishing a great relationship with a new family member.
Asking your dog to generalize communication learned and practiced at home to all conceivable situations is like asking a toddler to cross the street by himself.
These past several days, with large accumulations of snow and lowering temperatures, brought to mind my checklist for winter pet care.
We see the signs that say “share the road” and gladly give space to cyclists on the road. We really need to “share the trail” and keep our dogs under control.
I lost my bull terrier, Stuart, Dec. 2. He had been sick for a while, and the curse of cancer finally overcame his body but not his spirit.
Many people, including me, have adopted rescue dogs. Sometimes, a dog will arrive with baggage from his former life. Occasionally, we get lucky, and the dog we adopt fits easily into the family, has no bad habits and turns into a true companion with little extra help from us. That is the exception, not the rule.
My last article, “Eyes Wide Open,” offered tips about gathering information before choosing to get a dog. This article arrived in my mailbox with so much great information I wanted to share.
One of the first behaviors we teach in dog training class is the “name game.”
We hear so many sad tales about dogs that find their way to a shelter and, conversely, so many good results, as well.
We have just completed our puppy classes and our family dog classes for the fall semester at Colorado Northwest Community College. It makes me very happy to know that these special people with their family dogs have deepened their understanding of each other.