Category: All things dog

As a professional dog trainer for over 30 years, I offer advice, experience and know-how on dogs – their management, training, and care. Here, I will also share information about Service Dogs.

Physical versus Psychiatric Service Dog Training

Service Dogs can be trained to help mitigate many types of disabilities.  Some dogs are taught to perform a physical activity like pressing a button to open a door, providing mobility support or retrieving a fallen object.  In that sense, the physical service dog… Continue Reading “Physical versus Psychiatric Service Dog Training”

Yes, It Works

We got our start training Service Dogs not by hanging a shingle and proclaiming that we were Service Dog Trainers, rather by request.   We were professional dog trainers with many years of experience, but we had never trained a Service Dog when a local… Continue Reading “Yes, It Works”

Side-car Riding Buddy

We took photos of the three week puppies yesterday. At this age, they are active but unsteady, so we often use “props” like small baskets in which or over which we can “suggest” the puppy remains while I try to snap a decent picture.… Continue Reading “Side-car Riding Buddy”

Sleeping like a dog

So, dang precious. Almost two weeks old, now, I catch the male puppy (August) sleeping on his back quite often. With just four in this litter, I am able to keep track of the differences between the pups even at this young age far… Continue Reading “Sleeping like a dog”

“Chirp” – not a bird

Norma’s puppies that were born March 19th, have all gone to their new homes… except one. All the puppies received Springtime names like Blossom, Robin, Tadpole and Rain. Puppy Chirp remains unspoken for at this time. I am surprised I didn’t post this image… Continue Reading ““Chirp” – not a bird”

Service Dog Training – Harvey

Here are a couple of videos of Harvey, a Golden Retriever we are currently training. These clips were filmed during public access training in a large department store. The first one includes the dropping the leash exercise. The second clip shows negotiating difficult stairs… Continue Reading “Service Dog Training – Harvey”

Dogs

I know that many, if not most of my posts are about the world outside my home – the incredible wild creatures that live in our farm-gone-wild and remind me how important it is to embrace nature as often as possible. But, inside my… Continue Reading “Dogs”

Bliss

Just because sometimes it’s important to connect with pure bliss…I share with you a few seconds of a one hour old puppy with it’s mama.

Bloganuary: What is your favorite quote and why?

I’m not a bragger.  I am actually a fairly humble being – I try to walk lightly and let my action speak louder than my words.  That’s true even though I am an author who puts much of my life’s experiences and lessons into… Continue Reading “Bloganuary: What is your favorite quote and why?”

Dogs as Our Teachers

A few weeks ago I was invited to add a “topic” to a new website which has been designed to help authors reach more readers and readers peruse more books. The topic had to be unique to me. I also had to provide distinctive… Continue Reading “Dogs as Our Teachers”