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: Keep the conversation going

One of the most challenging aspects when training our family dog is — yes, you guessed it — walking nicely on leash.

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Dog’s Eye View: What does that behavior look like?

Owner often say, “He looks guilty,” or, “She’s rude,” or perhaps, “He’s quirky.” But if I asked five different people what each of these words means to them, I’d probably get five different answers.

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Dog's Eye View: When you have a new hammer …

You’ve probably heard this old saying that ends with, “… everything looks like a nail.” It occurred to me that this applies to some commonly used cues/commands we use with our dogs.

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Dog’s Eye View: Construction project or remodel

The toolbox analogy has often been used in dog training, because, as trainers, we have a toolbox.

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Dog’s Eye View: Training a process, not an event

My newly adopted 2-year-old terrier mix, Lawrence, is not a trained dog in the fullest sense. He meets people easily wagging his whole body.

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Dog's Eye View: First night in family dog class

It’s been a long time since I’ve been a student in a group dog training class, but since the loss of our bull terrier, Stuart, and the adoption of our 2-year-old terrier mix, Lawrence, I’ve been riding a whirlwind of lessons and learning with lots of interesting and mixed emotions.

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Dog’s Eye View: Consistent, reliable, dependable

Animals in our care require a consistent routine. This includes food, water, access to safe areas and enrichment. They also need to know they can rely on us for these survival necessities. This includes being dependable.

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Dog’s Eye View: The way we were

While attending a seminar on canine behavior during the weekend, I was reminded of the long journey of growth in the world of dog behavior and training I have taken through many years’ time. Things have changed.

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Dog's Eye View: The best is yet to come

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.

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Dog’s Eye View: The family that plays together stays together

I believe dog training or behavior modification requires total teamwork.

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Dog's Eye View: ‘Getting To Know You’

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.

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Dog’s Eye View: Hi! Wanna play?

For our canine walking buddies, sociability is the number-one personality trait required to have good off-leash encounters with other dogs.

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Dog’s Eye View: Don’t just do something, stand there

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.

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Dog’s Eye View: All the right reasons

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.

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Dog’s Eye View: If only it were so

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.

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