Training Rewards For Every Dog

You could reward me for posing by putting the camera away and letting me finish my walk.

Click and treat. Click and treat. Do you always associate positive training with food treats? Because maybe there’s a better training reward for your dog.

Onward And Upward! Wordless Wednesday

Honey the golden retriever climbs a ladder.

If you asked me, I’d say Honey had poor rear leg awareness. But I took out my clicker and she did this:

How Long Should You Train Your Dog

Honey the Golden Retriever poses with the keel of a sailboat out of the water.

This post has affiliate links. Learn more here. How long does it take to train your dog to meet a challenge? I don’t know how long it takes you but let me show you how long we’ve been preparing Honey to live aboard a sailboat.

My Biggest Training Fail

Honey the golden retriever is a good trainer.

Honey loves it. It builds our relationship. And it’s a good way for both of us to train our brains. So why do I keep having such a huge training fail?

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.

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