Do Dogs Get Bad Moods?

Golden Retriever sitting on Mike's lap

Some people have such a simple view of dogs. If you train them, they’ll make excellent companions. Or if you’re a strong leader, they’ll be perfect. But don’t dogs ever just get bad moods?

A Dog Who CAN’T Be Bad

Agatha and Christie, litter mates, pose in front of the car.

I wonder if I have a problem in the making. It’s a problem I never thought I’d have. My dog can’t be bad. Now how did that happen?

Friends With Dogs

Honey the golden retriever plays tug with chocolate lab Mr. Handsome.

When I adopted my dog Honey, this extrovert had a fantasy. A fantasy of making lots of new friends with dogs. I have made lots of friends with dogs. Unfortunately, most of them live scattered around the country and even the world.

My Dog the Personal Trainer

Mike lifts Honey the golden retriever.

With bitter cold and a busy schedule, I’ve gained a few pounds. But it’s not my dog Honey’s fault. She’s an excellent personal trainer.

We Know What You Want

Golden Retriever at the beach

Honey and I know what you want. And we’re going to give it to you.

The REAL Reason We Love Dogs

Honey the Golden Retriever sniffs the air.

Unconditional love. (Wo)man’s best’s friend. Blah, blah, blah. I’ve seen the standard explanations for why we love dogs so much. But I think they miss the mark. I know the real reason we love dogs so much.

My Neglected Dog

Honey the golden retriever sits by the lake.

The universe is conspiring against me and my dog. Yeah, I’m really busy and my dog Honey would have to be dealing with that anyway. But the extreme cold is making things even worse. Can I really blame winter for my neglected dog?

The Tale of the Extrovert Puppy

Honey the golden retriever was a cute puppy.

My friend’s Facebook posts about comforting her dog who was recovering from surgery took me back to Honey’s operation as a puppy. But I was no comfort to my dog. Darn extrovert puppy.

Helping My Dog Face Her Fears

Honey the golden retriever on the grass.

Dogs barking through the fence? No problem. Elevator rides? A piece of cake. A broom leaning against the wall? That’s the scariest thing ever to my dog. I need to help my dog face her fears. Or stop sweeping the floor.

11 Things I Wish My Dog Could Do

Golden Retriever smiling.

When I’m holding a dripping paint roller or balancing on a ladder, you’ll hear a frequent refrain: “Honey, why can’t you?… If my dog could do a few things to help me out, I wouldn’t mind a bit.

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