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Dog's Eye View: News from the barking lot

The advent of spring prompts neighborhood dogs to come outside and say, "hello."

Dog's Eye View: Distracted training yields disjointed results

Distracted training methods lead to disjointed training results.

Dog's Eye View: Reaching critical mass

Leaving dog poop on the ground is not recycling. It’s a pollutant, and it’s damaging our environment.

Dog's Eye View: Use it or lose it

Use it or lose it; teaching dogs new behaviors requires frequent practice and reinforcement.

Dog's Eye View: A walk in the park

I remember what I learned at the stock dog workshop. My dog and I need to work together as a team everywhere.

Dog's Eye View: You get what you pay for

We use food as a reward/reinforcer for behavior we want to see more of when we train dogs.

Dog's Eye View: My dog is friendly

Not all people are social butterflies. Not all dogs are social butterflies. Some people may prefer solitude or small groups of friends as do some dogs.

Dog's Eye View: Close encounters of the worst kind

This time of year with snow on the ground and sidewalks and trails narrowing to single file, the encounters between dogs and humans take on a new and frightening aspect.

Dog's Eye View: Life is good — update on Max

We love this little guy. He is a permanent part of our lives, and we are cruising along with minimal difficulties. I’ll share what I mean by minimal.

Dog's Eye View: Buddy, I need a sick day!

If I can only say one thing, it is “Train that puppy and keep that training in place for the foreseeable future.”

Dog's Eye View: Does this ring a bell?

Pavlov and prevention of separation disorders

In preventing and treating separation disorders between pets and owners, classical conditioning along with other methods can help to overcome or lesson the anxiety attached to being left alone.

Dog's Eye View: Socialization: Everybody knows about that, Part 2

We left off in Part 1 with a general overview of experiences that puppies have during the first 12 weeks of life. Within this period of time, there are important sub-plots.

Dog's Eye View: Taking the unplanned path

You see them all around town — people are out with their dogs, running, biking and visiting with friends. Your heart aches. You can’t take your dog out because he barks and lunges at other dogs and might start a fight. He’s your dog and you wish he was like those other dogs that get along. You can’t just give him up.

Dog's Eye View: Socialization: Everybody knows about that, Part 1

I’m so glad that dog owners are thinking about the importance of socializing their new puppy or adult dog. Here’s some specific information about socialization.

Dog's Eye View: Predatory drift

Reports about regional wild game attacks on humans and dogs this past summer brings up some interesting points. We live in a perfect habitat for wildlife encounters, and as human population grows, we realize that co-habitating is becoming increasingly problematic.