Learning From Improv: Lessons For Your Dog And You

Have you ever watched a comedy improv performance? One person starts a riff, the second performer carries it on, and soon the situation takes on a life of its own. How do they think of these things? And how do they keep it going with other people? Are they mind readers? No, not mind readers. But improv […]

Don’t Know What to Do? Do Anything: Good for the Dog; Good for You

When A Dog Doesn’t Know What To Do Honey loves when I bring out the clicker and treats. Lately, I’ve been bringing them along on our walks.     The other day, I saw a utility pole with a white band around it about three feet off the ground. I wondered if I could teach […]

Limits Are Your Friend – Good for the Dog; Good For You

I hate Honey’s crate. When she first came home with us, it was in front of my dresser. When I wanted clothing, I’d have to move the crate, get what I wanted, and put the crate back in front of the drawers. Then my husband moved the crate in front of his dresser. Same problem. […]

Doing vs Being – Good for the Dog; Good for You

Puppy “To Do” List When there’s a puppy in the house, I get nothing done. Well, that’s not quite true. I vacuum to promote socialization. But it’s hard to clean a whole room when you’re throwing treats around the whole time. I did have a conference call the other day. But I had to leave […]

The Puppiness Project – Be as Sensuous as Your Dog

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. Because It Feels Good In a chaotic world, here are […]

My Dog Taught Me How To Train Her Not to Jump

I couldn’t figure out how to keep Honey from jumping. Until she showed me. Stop Jumping, You Darn Dog Training every person we knew to turn away from Honey if she jumped on them made her less likely to jump. But it didn’t stop the jumping completely. And besides jumping to greet strangers, Honey also […]

The Puppiness Project – Pride Is Not Always a Sin

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. Do Dogs Feel Pride? Joy? Yes. Love? Most certainly. Anger? […]

The Puppiness Project – Let Go of Expectations

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. Maybe She Will; Maybe She […]

The Puppiness Project – It Doesn’t Matter How You Learn; Just Learn

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. A Tale of Two Doggies […]

The Puppiness Project – Let Your Friends B & M (Bark and Moan)

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. Have you ever come home from a bad day […]

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