Archive for Committment

Reconsider acquiring a guard dog as a pet

When I’m running with my German Shepherd off leash, people will stop and ask me how long it took me to train him or who trained him for me. I will hear admiring whispers from couples pushing strollers. Many people are attracted to him because he is very beautiful and very obedient. I don’t get

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Considering the burden: Who would care for your pets if you were no longer able?

North Dallas resident Melissa Magee, a professed cat person, didn’t predict she would ever need to adopt her sister’s dog. When her sister passed away they had to place her three dogs in new homes. Each dog went to a family member. Melissa inherited Percy, a dog with issues. She was tasked with rehabilitating the

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Toys!

There are a lot of toys for dogs on the market but most dogs only need a few. I often visit people who have a basket of dog toys collecting dust. I’m going to give you a breakdown of the essential toys. Every dog needs a ball, a rope and a stuffed toy (stuffing optional).

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‘Tis the Season for Puppies

Can you feel it in the air? It’s that time of year again. ‘Tis the season for puppies. Some of you have already acquired your Christmas puppy and some of you will be getting your puppy soon. In order to avoid the misery of the vast majority of my new puppy owning clientele I have a check list

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Obedience Training Improves the Life of Your Dog

I think we’d all agree that owning an obedient dog improves the life of the owner but have you ever considered how obedience training improves the life of your dog? A dog that has been trained and required to be obedient is safer, happier and calmer than a dog left to his own devices. An

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Control Your Anxiety to Control Your Dog’s

I was working with a client in class last week who was so hyper-sensitive to his dog’s issues that he was unable to help his dog.  His dog is typically aggressive with other dogs and the gentleman is attending class to help bring this issue under control.  During a recall exercise where I instruct student’s

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Working Relationship

I saw a client today whose adopted Australian Sheppard’s litter mate was shot dead before her eyes. This must have been a completely traumatic experience for this dog. I can’t imagine how she processed it in her little Aussie brain but it couldn’t have been a neutral experience. Flash forward one year. She has a

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A Natural Life

Last week I watched the CNN documentary Blackfish that I had recorded on a whim after seeing an advertisement for the film. If you haven’t yet watched it I recommend you do so. It is a heart wrenching film detailing two deaths of humans, multiple deaths of Orca and immeasurable emotional abuse and trauma of

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Accepting Limitations for Aggressive Dogs

A client contacted me recently because his dog that I had trained two or three years ago has had a couple of incidents of aggression in the last couple of weeks. I read the email once and absorbed the emotion and urgency of the situation as concerns of litigation and euthanasia (forced or voluntary) were

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A Katy Trail Conversation

I was walking on the Katy Trail last week when I overheard a conversation. A woman told her friend that her son said to her “you need to do my laundry more often”. Apparently he was upset that a particular shirt he wanted to wear that day had not yet made it through the wash

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