Rudy the Rottweiler’s Story, pt. 2

  Rudy lived at the shelter from July 5th until October 2nd, three months altogether. The staff there did a remarkable job of working with him, comforting him, and getting him used to being touched. The people at the shelter didn’t just let him languish in his run – when time and circumstances allowed, they … Continue reading Rudy the Rottweiler’s Story, pt. 2

petStop Natural Pet Pantry Yardbird Chicken Training Video

petStop is a local pet shop owned and staffed by animal lovers. They do not sell animals. Not puppies, not kittens, and not ferrets, hamsters, or birds.  The people who work there take an interest in the pets people are shopping for, and they are always cheerful and happy to help find the right product … Continue reading petStop Natural Pet Pantry Yardbird Chicken Training Video

Managing our Canine Friends with Crates and Kongs

Management is an important part of dog stewardship. It comes up a lot in puppy class, in particular, but management is an essential topic for dogs of all ages. Two excellent management tools are the crate, and the frozen Kong. Crates, when used constructively and lovingly, are a place of peace and refuge for our … Continue reading Managing our Canine Friends with Crates and Kongs

Bicycling with Dogs: Safety First

http://youtu.be/m43DXF1Vzck Safety is a very important consideration when biking with dogs. While many dogs have the ability to run fast for long periods, it isn't necessarily good for them. A brisk walk is a much more reasonable pace -- just a little faster than is comfortable for most humans; this is my approach to biking -- it … Continue reading Bicycling with Dogs: Safety First

The Gift of a Dog is No Gift at All.

Dogs are not hobbies or toys to be discarded as our interests and lifestyles change; they are living creatures with thoughts and emotions.  If you, the parent, really, really want a dog, and want to share the experience of being a loving and responsible pet guardian with your child, then please, get a dog! Bring … Continue reading The Gift of a Dog is No Gift at All.

Tails-a-Wagging: How to Enter the Building.

I made this video for Bellingham's premier doggie daycare and training facility, Tails-a-Wagging. The general concept is a good one to consider for all buildings -- if the dog enters the building in an appropriate way, they have a better chance of behaving well once in the building. Note that it is not essential for … Continue reading Tails-a-Wagging: How to Enter the Building.