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Dog’s Eye View: Can you dig It?

Why do dogs dig? There are several really good reasons.

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Dog's Eye View: Recipe has not changed

I’ve written and published more than once on this topic, and hopefully, this awareness is beginning to grow. The snow is melting in our parks and on our trails, creating a horrible, unsightly feces soup. All that snow drains into our beautiful Yampa River or soaks into the soil along walking paths and in our parks.

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Dog’s Eye View: Stranger Danger! Understanding more about reactive or fearful dogs

The title above implies something we often mistakenly do when meeting dogs. We invade their space.

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Dog's Eye View: Just say 'no'

Just as you don’t feel comfortable with strangers getting in your face, teach your dog to show the same courtesy toward others.

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: Working on your ABCs

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

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: Your attention, please

When teaching our companion dog new behaviors, we often start mid-sentence by saying what we want them to do before we ask for their attention. In our classes and consultations, one of the first things we teach the dog is what his name actually means.

Dog's Eye View: You had me at "woof"

An understanding of the ancient history of where dogs came from is important, but it’s really more about how humans genetically influenced the different breeds to perform specific tasks.

Dog's Eye View: The magic of management

One of the easiest ways to change your dog’s behavior is to take a look at how you manage his environment. All too often, we can’t see past the bad behavior to glimpse how management might help.

Dog's Eye View: Mistaken identity — my dog will only do what I say if I have food in my hand

Often, new novice trainers are drawn into the notion that their dog will only do what they ask if they have food in their hand. But it’s not the food; it’s the timing and presentation of the reinforcement.

Dog's Eye View: The sport of canine scent detection

Last month, I teamed up with Sue Sternberg to host one of the co-founders of the National Association of Canine Scent Work LLC® in a series of daylong workshops. Ron Gaunt, co-founder of the NACSW traveled to Craig to bring CNCC students and other nose work teams to a new level of understanding about just how scent moves in a particular environment.

Dog's Eye View: On demand companionship and the dog

Your dog needs you. The most important ingredient in any relationship is being present and doing right by the dog living in your household.

Dog's Eye View: A good idea gone bad

Depending on the genetics and social skills, along with a dose of breed disposition, we need to screen dogs in the workplace as carefully as we would any employee.

Dog's Eye View: I'm melting! I'm melting!

Hot cars or trucks can create a coffin for dogs left inside. We hear about these devastating cases throughout the year, but for some of us, leaving our dog at home is either not an option or we are taking a road trip for adventures with our canine buddy.

Dog's Eye View: What did you say?

In training our canine companions, it's important to speak the language.

Dog's Eye View: Things that make you say, 'Hmmm'

Our canines are one of the few animals who excel in understanding humans. That’s why we have them in our lives.

Dog's Eye View: "Cross this line, you die"

Letting dogs run off-leash around wildlife can, and does, lead to grave consequences.

Dog's Eye View: Independent thinking in dogs

In multiple dog families — like multiple child families — each member should find their own place.

Dog's Eye View: It's the little things that count

Dog training never ends.

Dog's Eye View: It's hotter than you think

Short waits can add up to extreme heat for dogs confined in cars.

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: 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: 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.”

A Dog's Eye View: New Year's resolutions

A series of New Year's resolutions from the dog's point of view.

A Dog's Eye View: What’s in your wallet?

The dog gear industry is booming, even in these difficult economic times. I’ve made a list of a few gift ideas for the family dog, or the family who has a dog.

Dog’s Eye View: Activities to keep your dog busy

Winter is beginning in our valley. For some us who aren’t conditioned for winter sports, it leaves us wishing for more activities to fill our time and keep from experiencing the winter doldrums. After a life enriched with outside activities and basking in the sun all summer long, our dogs can start feeling bored, too.

Dog’s Eye View: Stop jumping on me!

You’ve tried turning away only to have him jump up and scratch your back or pounce on you while biting at your clothes or your hands, but have you been proactive by not giving attention to the jumping? Remember, attention still is attention, even if it’s negative.

A Dog’s Eye View: Inside voice please

Excessive barking is right at the top of the list of dog owner or dog neighbor complaints. It can cause great upheaval between neighbors or family members, and even law enforcement might become involved. Usually, when this happens, everyone has reached the limit of tolerance.

Dog’s Eye View: What's in a name?

In the initial teaching of the dog’s name (name recognition), owners should begin by offering a treat and praise each time the puppy turns to look in the direction of the person who said the sound of his name.

Dog’s Eye View: A tribute to good dog owners

Responsible pet owners, you are on my hero list. Let’s continue to set an example for dogs in public places and spread the word that dog waste has no place on the trail, in the parks or on the school grounds where our children play.

A Dog's Eye View: It's hotter than you think

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 Dog's Eye View: The terrible teens

How do we define the teenage years in canine terms? It varies from dog to dog and breed to breed and, along with that, the size of the dog.

A Dog's Eye View: 'Faster than a speeding bullet'

Because dog training is an ability to be developed with time and practice, the fundamentals of training serve to become our guidelines. One of the most important skills is timing.

A Dog's Eye View: What you don't know can hurt you

Not all herding dogs love to herd, nor do all sporting dogs love to hunt. Their characteristics can vary from animal to animal.

A Dog's Eye View: Protecting fearful, reactive dogs

I wonder if, as a community, we might adopt a habit of having our reactive or fearful dogs wear a red bandana tied around their necks to signal to others that our dogs should not be approached.


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