Train Your Dog for Happiness?

Does training make your dog happy?

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

Honey's Train the Dog Month Challenge was to learn sailing skills.

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 […]

Dog Training Tip – Match The Treat to the Trick

Match the treat to the trick when dog training.

Honey will sit just for the chance to sniff a piece of fuzz that may have rolled over a cookie. She’ll break the sound barrier during her recall just because I’m standing next to the fridge. But ask Honey to walk through an agility tunnel or stand on a wobbly surface? Time to bring out […]

When the Dog Changes the Plan – Train Your Dog Month Challenge

Honey the Golden Retriever is dog tired of sailing.

We’re just going to have fun. No big goals. No tough challenges. For our Train the Dog Month Challenge, Honey and I are going to have a good time doing tricks for treats. But sometimes the dog changes the plan. Or some human changes the plan and blames it on the dog. Honey Goes Sailing […]

Train Your Dog, Build Your Bond

Train Your Dog Month Challenge

The Real Challenge is Deciding What to Do Once again, it’s Train Your Dog Month. Should I teach Honey to pull children from burning buildings? Dance the Merengue? Climb a ladder? She could learn all of those things. But I can’t teach them. In past challenges, I tried to train Honey to ride in her Doggy […]

New Year’s Eve and the Gifts are Still Pouring In

Honey the golden retriever is a beauty.

I know I was supposed to get all the thankfulness out of my system back in November. But as we come to the end of another calendar year, I’m overflowing with gratitude. I feel so privileged to hang out with such an amazing group of animal lovers. You truly are S’Waggers. And you’ve won my […]

How Well Should We Train Our Dogs?

Honey the golden retriever walks nicely on leash.

Get a few dog lovers together, add a little vodka, and the confessions start flying. Or just write a blog post about why dogs jump and everyone shares their training fails. Or their choices not to train. It got me thinking: how well should we train our dogs? Train Your Dog Like the Marines My husband […]

Do Dogs Blow Bubbles in the Bath? Train Your Dog Month Challenge

Honey the Golden Retriever with foster dog Layla.

At the Honey Webster household, Train Your Dog Month ended not with a bark, but a whimper. And yet it was a big success. What were we trying to do? The Challenge The Association of Pet Dog Trainers issued a challenge: train your dog in January to build your bond. I loved the idea so […]

9 Reasons Blogging is Bad for Dogs

Blogging can help you make new friends. Improve your writing. Strengthen your tech skills. But is it good for your dog? Honey, my Golden Retriever, thinks not. And here’s why: Honey Barks Against Blogging Every minute spent blogging is not spent walking, playing tug, or making sweet potato treats. How do you ever expect me […]

Lose 30 Pounds in 30 Days Challenge

Train Your Dog Challenge Badge.

Got your attention, didn’t I? But while most people are resolving to lose weight, get fit, save money, quit smoking, and organize their homes, we know that January is Train Your Dog Month. So instead of eating kale chips and lifting weights, why not join the Train Your Dog Month Challenge and lose: 30 pounds […]

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