In the Oct. 5 issue of the Denver Post’s cartoon section, I found a little gem that spoke eloquently to one premise of understanding dog behavior; the importance of looking at the environment surrounding a specific behavior.
Last year, I wrote about how Halloween might be experienced through my dog Stuart’s eyes. It probably seems pretty weird to a dog to hear the voice and scent of their owner but to have them be totally unrecognizable in costume. Another side of this holiday experience is the fun of putting costumes on our dogs.
We all (and that includes you) lost a shining star in the world of animal behavior on Sept. 29. Dr. Sophia Yin's star fell way too soon from the galaxy made up of so many other dedicated and knowledgeable veterinarians, animal behaviorists, consultants and trainers.
When healthy, well-socialized puppies leave their littermates to go into their forever homes, it becomes the responsibility of that new family to transition that puppy safely and create a secure and happy environment. This is a very important step in teaching the pup trust and safety with his new family.
Whether it’s called separation anxiety, separation distress or good old destructive chewing, coming home to the results of this problem can just plain ruin your day. This subject deserves more attention than we can provide in one sitting so watch for more details in three future articles.
In a previous article (“Identity theft”), I wrote about different types of identification that would be helpful if your dog was lost. One summer, about 35 years ago, I lost my Irish terrier, Finn. My husband and I were out of town. Throughout a period of three days, Finn was spotted by friends whom he knew, but he kept running.
Earlier this year, I traveled to Fort Collins, with my Rat Terrier named Skippy, to participate in a Nose Work Trial sponsored by the National Association of Canine Scent Work. The trial site was located at the Equine Center in an amazing place filled with all types of delicious doggy smells.
Let’s start with synonyms: For humans, to train is to teach, educate, tutor, instruct, coach etc. To train is a verb meaning to learn the skills necessary to do a job, or teach somebody such skills, especially through practical experience. When I teach a class or client this definition applies.
She was so soft. She nuzzled close and licked my chin and fell asleep in my arms. Putting her to bed was like gently placing a tiny infant to rest. You hardly could bear to leave her alone. She looked at you with such adoration. You were the light of her life. She took your gentle reprimands with a woeful look of humility. She lived to please you and be near you and follow you everywhere. You were her hero and protector. And then she turned 6 months old, the age of burgeoning adolescence.
The saying, “A tired dog is a well-behaved dog,” addresses an important aspect of daily exercise. But it seems we are only appreciating a small part of the capability of our dog’s brains. Dogs are ready and able to interact with us in so many ways. We haven’t even scratched the surface yet.
Here are some tips for multiple dog households
So many of us open our homes to multiple dogs and experience the joy and the chaos that ensues. Two dogs are manageable most of the time. Three dogs can create chaos, but in the right household, it can be managed effectively. More than three can create two different families living under the same roof. Why?
It’s summer, so it’s time to sit at an outside cafe with friends. This, of course, means with your wonderful doggie companion, as well. This always has been a goal and a special pleasure to share with my bull terrier, Stuart.
We all seem to fancy certain breed types for specific reasons that speak to us emotionally and visually. We also love our mixed breed dogs for the characteristics we see in them that endear them to us.
There are many ways that this can happen. Some folks think that catching their new puppy or adopted dog in the act of making a mistake and “spanking” him is the way to teach him what the rules are. He might think about what he just did if your timing was immediately after the accident. Or, if you’re late in spanking him, you may have disciplined him for something totally unrelated.
With summer here and days heating up, remember to keep your dogs safe while traveling in your car. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it 100 times already. But important information is worth repeating. A sad short story is in order to drive home this important point.