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.
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?
Whether you’re headed to the vet or heading out to sea, a confident pup is a happy pup. We’ve done several things to build our dog Honey’s confidence. They aren’t making movies about her yet. But I swear that wearing her life jacket, she bears a striking resemblance to Wonder Woman.
When Honey was a puppy, she had no idea what she was in for. She was going to be the subject of a training regimen usually only seen by service dogs. But sometimes the best dog training is the training that doesn’t happen. And it’s all because of our training mantra.
We’re early in a new year. Time to set training goals for my pup. But what more can I teach my Mary Poppins dog (practically perfect in every way)? Maybe it’s not the dog that needs training. Maybe it’s me.
Santa must be puzzling over whether our dog Honey will earn a piece of coal or a package of liverwurst. After all, what do you do if naughty and nice are the same thing?
You have a flashlight and batteries. You’ve stocked up water and food in your pantry. You know where to find safety. But is your dog ready? And does s/he know these important cues before disaster strikes?
Honey is a damn good dog. Certainly the best trained dog I’ve ever lived with. But she’s not perfect. And after seven years training her, I’ve discovered the secret that would make her perfect. Do you want to know what it is?
Successful dog trainers know the power of rewards. They know to be consistent. And they know dogs are always learning. But few put all this together to realize the big secret that every dog trainer needs to know.
Because we live on the water, it’s vital that our dog Honey knows how to swim. But even if you don’t live on a boat, knowing your dog can swim is important for summer safety. Here are a few tips on how to teach your dog to swim.