With hailstones and cold rain hitting my face at the helm while the tow boat dragged Meander at speeds she had never seen before, I knew I would be facing a big repair bill when we landed. What I didn’t know was that where we were headed would turn out to be one of the […]
This was the moment. We had spent hundreds of dollars and worked for hours on training. All to move toward living on a sailboat with our dog. But would Honey go for it? Would our dog’s first boat trip be a good one?
K9 nose work tires Honey out, works her brain, and brings her joy. No wonder nose work games are a great way to have fun with a boat dog.
How do you know your boat dog is happy? Do they look relaxed and comfortable? Or are they showing signs of stress you may not recognize?
Do you follow our travels? Then you may have noticed from the map in the sidebar that we’ve been in the same place for a month. We love visiting Beaufort, South Carolina. And it’s so dog-friendly, Honey loves it too.
What’s the most common question people ask when they see Honey on board? “How do you keep your dog from jumping off the boat?” The answer is a few parts training and a few parts management. Oh, and a whole bunch of luck.
If you’ve been paying attention, you probably think the pet food aisle of your supermarket is the worst place to buy dog treats. You’d be right. But if you stay away from the pet food aisle, you can find dozens of healthy, inexpensive, and safe dog treats in your grocery store.
You may know the signs your dog is anxious when you leave him alone in the house. But what does separation anxiety look like when your house moves? And how do you transform separation anxiety to strengthen your relationship with your boat dog?
When I’m frustrated, my jaw tightens and I make aggravated, deep-throated utterances. When my dog Honey feels frustrated, she sits down and scratches. Frustration is our body’s way of telling us something. What does it teach us about dog training?
In my eighth year of blogging about Honey, I’m beginning to face her mortality. Unfortunately, it’s easy to live in the future instead of the present. I need to remember that the signs to help me navigate her life will appear when I need them. But not before.