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.

10 Mad Skills You’ll Need To Raise A Puppy

Zoe the Australian cattle dog puppy on the porch.

Raising a puppy is like running a triathlon. But you’ll need a different set of skills. To run a triathlon, you must know how to drink while running, how to repair punctures, and how to keep going even when you’re in pain. Hey, come to think of it, those are pretty good puppy raising skills […]

It’s A Lifesaver! – Not Quite Wordless Wednesday

Zoe the foster puppy sits in her crate.

Have you heard? We’re fostering a puppy. She’s a very good puppy. She’s a very smart puppy. But she’s a very active puppy. An Australian cattle dog puppy to be precise. Thank goodness I’m equipped with my foster puppy survival kit. And two items are my lifesavers. Puppy Lifesaver #1 The best dog purchase I […]

I Have A Bad Case Of Puppy Brain

Zoe the foster puppy sits in the snow.

I’m suffering from a serious condition. It’s called infantem canis cerebrum. Otherwise known as Puppy Brain. And I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever get my regular brain back.

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