Training The Dog; Training Ourselves

My dog Honey gives us so much—affection, companionship, amusement. But the greatest way she has given back to our family might surprise you. It has to do with training her. And training ourselves.

Keep Up the Positive Reinforcement – Good for the Dog; Good for You

I was shocked. Mike yelled up the stairs to Honey, “Come.” She just stood there. Again, “Honey, come.” Nothing. Finally, I spoke up. “Honey, go find the Dad.” She went running down the stairs. Honey usually had a rock solid recall, especially in a distraction-free place like home.     What was going on? Why […]

The Puppiness Project – Choose Good Rewards

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. Dog Treats that Motivate Honey […]

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