One Thing Every Dog Trainer Could Learn From Boaters

As I watched the manager of the boatyard while we puttered toward the wharf, I had one thought: “I wonder if he’s a good dog trainer?”

Boat Training For Humans And Dogs

I know you’re hoping for cute pictures of Honey on exotic beaches or barking at pelicans. But life aboard a boat takes lots of training. For us. And for the dog.

When Dogs Train Us

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.

Why Do People Keep Screwing Up My Dog?

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.

This Shocking Item Set Off My BS Meter

I’m kinda gullible about people. If someone tells me something, I tend to believe it. After all, why would they lie? Thanks to a good liberal arts education, I don’t have the same failing when I read something. And it’s a good thing. Because I got a shocking email recently that set off my BS detector […]

Why Adopting A Reactive Dog Was The Best Thing I Ever Did

Sure, I like a cute dog video as much as anyone. I enjoy following the agility competitions of doggy athletes. And who doesn’t love a funny dog poop story? But many of my favorite dog blogs share the joys and trials of living with reactive dogs. Why? Where’s the fun in reading about the terror, humiliation, […]

How Tolstoy Taught My Dog Not To Jump – Quick Tips

Is there anything more annoying than having a dog jumping on you when you’re trying to do something? Okay, maybe you don’t understand if your dog weighs less than 20 pounds. But if you live with a big dog, you know what I mean. Big jumping dogs knock you off-balance. Slobber on your face. And […]

Do We Expect Too Much From Our Dogs?

What was he thinking? Did my husband really expect me to work at home all day with chocolate covered pretzels sitting right on the counter? And that he could have one left when he got home from work? Just how much impulse control does he expect me to have? I guess as much as we […]

Train Your Dog for Happiness?

We train our dogs for many reasons. Not the least of which is to keep her from being a nuisance. But I’ve found an even better reason. Training makes my dog happy. Training Lights Up My Dog People who meet Honey at the door mistakenly think she’s a very happy girl. She isn’t. It’s just […]

Train Your Dog Month Challenge 2014 – What I Learned

What a triumph! For Train Your Dog Month, I taught Honey to climb a steep companionway ladder, to jump from a moving boat onto a dock with a line in her mouth, and to tie a perfect cleat hitch. No, not really. Because the month that was supposed to be dedicated to training my dog […]

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