Wordless Wednesday – Was It Worth It?

What do you think? She sure doesn’t have that room to run in our little backyard. Have you ever pushed your dog to do something you know they’ll enjoy eventually? Was it worth it?  

The Puppiness Project – Never Give Up

Gretchen Rubin wrote in The Happiness Project about the year she spent “test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy.” The Puppiness Project is my attempt to learn the same from Honey, my Golden Retriever, and Chérie, our visiting Foster Pup. Clicker Training is Fun Honey […]

Adventure Dog In Training (with video)

Honey goes where we go. And we go by bicycle. And sailboat. What will it take to teach a Golden Retriever that fun adventures await if she rides in a bicycle cart or climbs aboard a sailboat? Some special training. And lots and lots of patience. Where the Training Began We had been clumsily introducing […]

Honey in Training – It’s Better and Wurst

So she’s not doing handstands. And backflips? Forget it. But Honey is making great progress on our training goals. What are our training goals? To ride comfortably in a cart pulled by our bicycle. To be confident with the movement she’d find on a sailboat (more on that later). Our trainer, Russ, suggested we work […]

Taking a Doggy Ride in Stride

Day 10,941: Honey still hates the Doggy Ride bicycle cart. Actually, I’m exaggerating. It’s only day 10,939. Still I hope that some day we’ll see Honey doing this. However, it’s not as though Honey has never ridden in the cart. She’s just not relaxed or happy there. And she doesn’t go in willingly.     I […]

A Two-Front War at the Train Your Dog Month Challenge

Honey is learning how tasty fun a bike trailer can be in celebration of Train Your Dog Month. My goal is for Honey to join me on a short jaunt in her Doggy Ride bike trailer by June. Front #1 – As slow as Honey dripping off a spoon When I announced my goal for Train […]

The Problem of Patience – Train Your Dog Month Challenge

Dozens of you have already signed on to the Something Wagging Train Your Dog Challenge by leaving comments here and here. I’m excited and inspired to see what you’re hoping to do with your dogs (and guinea pigs and birds and cats) this month. I thought I’d show you my training challenge to inspire you […]

Something Wagging Train Your Dog Month Challenge

It’s January. Which means you’re probably tired, stressed, and broke. And, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, cold. It’s also National Train Your Dog Month, sponsored by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). Put it all together and you’ve got the Something Wagging Train Your Dog Month Challenge. Can a month-long dog training […]

Are You Experienced? More Puppy Socialization.

At 3 months, Honey is past her first, most crucial socialization period. Not that we should stop exposing her to new experiences and people. Instead, we have more opportunities than ever. It’s safer now that Honey’s had more of her vaccinations. And she’s old enough to walk more on leash and explore the world on […]

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