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?
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.
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.
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?
On the water, we’re on a constant watch for warships, submarines, cruise ships, commercial fishing boats, recreational fishermen, tug boats, power boaters, sailboats, kayaks, and yes, even sea planes. It’s almost as challenging as walking the dog.
Honey looked wistful as we motored past the beach. No digging in the sand today. We were having an adventure. And during an adventure, it’s tough being a dog.
When people find we live on a sailboat, they often say something like “living the dream, eh?” But it ain’t all margaritas and sunsets. Just ask Honey.
The Husband fills in this morning.
Here’s Honey coming back to our sailboat, “Meander” in February 2017.