Why We Won’t “Wait Out” Our Dog

Yep, you guessed it. Seeing our last post’s picture told you everything you needed to know. Honey will not potty on the boat. Here’s what that means for us.

How To Calm Your Dog When She’s Just Gone Crazy

I looked down and had only one question: Who stole my polite, well-trained dog? And why did they leave this hell-spawned doppelgänger in her place? I had to find a way to calm my dog. She had apparently gone crazy.

Use the Right Words to Talk To Your Dog

Recently we learned a new skill on the boat. As with most things, it got me thinking about dogs. And how important it is for us to use the right words to talk to them.

Getting A Big Dog To “Go” On A Boat–Is It Harder?

What question are we asked most often about living with a big dog on a small sailboat? It’s “does Honey go potty on the boat?”. We’re working on it. But it isn’t easy. I’m starting to wonder if it’s just harder to get a big dog to “go” on a boat. Here’s why.

The Emergency Word Every Dog Needs To Learn

There are two kinds of people in this world: people who think nothing bad will ever happen and people like me. You know, waiting for a disaster to occur any minute. Luckily, I’ve taught my dog Honey the emergency word every dog needs to learn. Just in case.

Best Dog Training Tool No One Ever Talks About

For training Honey, we have a clicker, loads of treats, and some fun toys. We have leashes. Before we moved onto the boat, we had several books. But our most powerful training tool is something we rarely hear anyone talking about. Can you guess what it is?

How Pet Friendly Businesses Could Save Lives

Yeah, I like taking Honey with me places because I enjoy her company. But did you know that pet friendly businesses have the potential to save dogs’ lives? Let me explain.

3 Must Knows For A Perfect Recall

My dog Honey isn’t perfect. But she has a very reliable recall. Most of the time. But there are three “must knows” for helping Honey to have a perfect recall. And I bet they’re the same three thing you must know to keep your dog’s recall strong.

Dog Training Fail: Feelings Count Too

I could count this as a dog training failure on many levels: I moved too quickly, didn’t test the behavior in a high distraction environment, and didn’t have a back up plan. But I think my biggest problem was forgetting that in dog training, feelings count too.

How To Teach A Dog To Fly

Honey has surprised me by learning some amazing things–walking on a moving ramp, climbing steep stairs with open treads, and even staying balanced on a heeling sailboat. But this year we have a new trick for her to learn. We’re going to teach our dog how to fly.

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