Category Archives: Dog Handler Information

It’s not just “bad advice”

Although I do not have much time for it anymore, I used to frequent various online dog-themed forums or communities.  It’s something I enjoyed doing and these communities were where I met some amazing friends and colleagues.  I spent most … Continue reading

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Medication…when is it time to try?

When is the right time to try medication?  I feel like I hear that a lot either on web boards or in person (though mostly in passing) pretty frequently.  Or I hear the opposite that medicating dogs is the devil … Continue reading

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A nice freebie from Through a Dog’s Ear

I know I have mentioned it before, but I am a huge fan of Through A Dog’s Ear music.  I think it can be a really important piece to reducing anxiety, working through fear issues, or just creating a nice … Continue reading

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Reassurance isn’t the same as reinforcement

I am absolutely terrified of spiders… I once came home at 5:30am after a night of… trouble making (this is a total lie, I was a huge nerd and was out playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends).  I parked my … Continue reading

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One dog can really change the dynamics

Holy cow.  Add one dog or take one dog away and the dynamics in this room change so drastically! Rio and Chase are really so very poorly matched.  They are SO similar and those similarities really get them in trouble … Continue reading

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Puh-lease, puppies are not presents

I’m sure if you are on facebook (and have lots of friends in the dog world) you have seen at least one of the photos in a public awareness campaign against buying/adopting puppies/dogs as presents for the holidays. Well, I … Continue reading

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Let’s Rally?

I am absolutely the first to admit that I have slacked off on Rio’s obedience skills.  He doesn’t really have a solid “front,” he doesn’t have a good stay, he bounces up on his downs semi-regularly, he doesn’t have a … Continue reading

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