Dog's Eye View columns


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Dog's Eye View: One step at a time

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.

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Dog's Eye View: 'Sirius' puppy training

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.

Dog's Eye View: Moose on the loose

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.

Dog’s Eye View: Old habits difficult to break

Let’s take a look at habits from the dog’s eye view. Any behavior that is reinforced consistently becomes stronger.

Dog's Eye View: Man's best friend and science

There will soon be more information about how genetics is playing out in some of the breed-specific illnesses, such as cancer and blindness.

Dog’s Eye view: ABC primer, part 2

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.

Dog's Eye View: Hands off!

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.

Dog's Eye View: Cabin fever

It was “them” kittens that started it; my dog, Stuart, helped to finish it.

Dog's Eye View: Working on your ABCs

Teaching, training and learning are lifelong endeavors for us all. Our canine companions need continuing education.

Dog's Eye View: Search for perfection

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.

Dog's Eye View: In the eye of the beholder

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?

Dog's Eye View: Merry Christmas to all

A Christmas message from columnist and dog lover Laura Tyler.

Dog's Eye View: Puppies are for life, not just for Christmas

A living, breathing being is not a gift. It’s a responsibility and a commitment. Adding a furry family member to your household requires much planning. It’s a life-changing experience and should be cherished and nurtured.

Dog's Eye View: Lots of good reading out there

I had originally thought to write this article about the new and myriad dog toys on the market now. However, Christmas always makes me feel like wrapping up in a quilt near the wood stove and reading a book.

Dog's Eye View: The dog trainer's song

For some reason, the catchy melody and easy-to-remember words of this song have stayed with me since early childhood, when I watched television on our bulky black-and-white TV. Maybe the words just made sense to me. The song is titled “Accentuate The Positive,” and here are the words to the first verse: “Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. Latch on to the affirmative. and don’t mess with Mr. In-between.”