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: 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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Dog’s Eye View: But baby, it's cold outside.

These past several days, with large accumulations of snow and lowering temperatures, brought to mind my checklist for winter pet care.

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Dog's Eye View: Off-leash dogs

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.

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Many gifts: A tribute to a great dog

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.

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Dog’s Eye View: Rescue no excuse

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.

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Dog's Eye View: My Christmas wish list

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.

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Dog's Eye View: The eyes have it

One of the first behaviors we teach in dog training class is the “name game.”

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Dog’s Eye View: Best blind dates ever

We hear so many sad tales about dogs that find their way to a shelter and, conversely, so many good results, as well.

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Dog’s Eye View: What is wild dog doing here?

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.

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