Does Your Dog Still Come When You Call? Best Tips For Improving Recall.

Golden Retriever running in the woods.

Has your dog’s recall gotten a little lazy? Have you asked yourself if you’re like the dude with chili stains on his t-shirt belching on the couch who complains that his wife doesn’t like to have sex with him? Because you have to be attractive to your dog if you want her to come to you.

Go On An Adventure With Your Dog

Honey the Golden Retriever waits to go kayaking.

It may not surprise you that I think every person should go on an adventure with her dog. But just what is an adventure anyway? And can every person take one?

Pooping In Paradise

Honey the golden retriever.

We get lots of questions when we tell people we’ll be setting sail: “Will you be visiting Guam?” “Aren’t you worried about pirates in the Indian Ocean?” “Are you planning long, ocean passages?” The answer? It depends on our dog Honey. And it all comes down to poop.

Today Is The TRUE Puppy Day

Pam, Mike, and Honey before they go home.

Apparently yesterday was National Puppy Day. It must be true because I saw scads of puppy pictures on Facebook. But I think everyone was off by a day. Today is the true puppy day. Because it was five years ago today that Honey came to live with us.

When Dogs Train Us

Shadow was a beautiful mutt.

Supposedly people are smarter than dogs. But I wonder if that’s true. I feel dumber than my dog all the time. And it’s a fact that sometimes our dogs train us.

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.

Finding Safe Places To Work With Your Dog Off-Leash

Honey the golden retriever in snow.

If something happened while you were out walking your dog and you had to drop his leash, would he stay where you told him to? Or if he wandered, would he come back to you when you called him? The only way to know is to test him. That’s why it’s important to find safe […]

Why Do People Keep Screwing Up My Dog?

Honey the golden retriever with a mitten in the snow.

My dog Honey is a Mary Poppins pup—practically perfect in every way. It’s the result of getting the absolute best start in life, years of training, and just dumb luck. But you know why she’s just “practically perfect?” Because people keep screwing up my dog.

Just Let It Go – Learning From Dogs

Zoe the foster puppy in training.

Today’s the big day. In a few hours, I will deliver our foster puppy Zoe back to the shelter so she can find her new family. Should I try to get in a few training sessions? Gently expose her to more household noises? Write a treatise on her personality for her new family? Or is […]

What’s The Best Trait For A Dog Person To Have?

Honey the golden retriever is a canine artist.

If you could strengthen one personal trait before adopting a dog, what should it be? Kindness? Patience? Flexibility? Nope, it’s none of those. The best trait for a dog person to have is creativity. Let me tell you why.

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