In family dog class and puppy class, one of the first things we teach is the importance of giving plenty of feedback to our canine buddies in the form of tasty treats delivered immediately after a behavior such as “sit” is accomplished.
The stages of grief are very distinct, regardless of whether it’s the loss of a person, a pet or possibly a catastrophic business loss.
The title above implies something we often mistakenly do when meeting dogs. We invade their space.
Just as you don’t feel comfortable with strangers getting in your face, teach your dog to show the same courtesy toward others.
We humans are pretty good at visualizing the end of a sequence when we want to accomplish a task. If we're knitting a sweater, we picture the end product. If we're building a house, we can see what it will look like when we're done. I think we tend to think our dogs can do this, as well.
I read a fascinating article in the Feb. 12 issue of the Craig Daily Press written by Professor Jimmy Westlake, who teaches astronomy and physics at Colorado Mountain College, Alpine Campus. The article is titled, “Behold the Dog Star.” Of course, the “dog” part of the title caught my attention, but there’s more to it than that.
Let’s face it, Steamboat: Moose are here to stay, and dangerous interactions are now a reality year round. Last week, there was a frightening moose encounter on Spring Creek trail. Luckily nobody (human or dog) was injured. At Pet Kare Clinic this winter, we have already treated dogs injured by moose attacks.
Let’s take a look at habits from the dog’s eye view. Any behavior that is reinforced consistently becomes stronger.
There will soon be more information about how genetics is playing out in some of the breed-specific illnesses, such as cancer and blindness.
In my last article, titled “Working on Your ABCs,” I touched on the importance of starting training early in your relationship with your family dog and maintaining and adding to that training throughout your dogs’ life.
Head Start Puppy Training class is underway, and we have some very nice youngsters attending, but this class has typical “mouthy” puppies. I don’t mean they are rude or talk back. They greet everyone with mouth open and teeth engaged.
It was “them” kittens that started it; my dog, Stuart, helped to finish it.
Teaching, training and learning are lifelong endeavors for us all. Our canine companions need continuing education.
Lately, it seems, we’re hearing a lot of people saying they want their dog to be perfect, which can mean different things to different people, but I find myself cringing a bit when I hear it.
Have you ever stopped to really think about the many roles your pet plays in your life? What things does she do that you’ve not seen other animals do? What spot does she fill that no other one can fill? Have you grown personally as a result of being the steward of her life?