Category Archives: Partnership

Lost Dog: What Do You Do When Your Dog Goes Missing?

A couple of weeks ago this crop of Lost Dog signs popped up on every street corner in this rural area around Granite Falls, Washington:

What to do when your dog goes missing

What to do when your dog goes missing

Losing a dog is heartbreaking

This sign is posted on every intersection within at least 20 miles of this dog’s disappearance.

Is this dog microchipped

The photo is helpful. Not all the signs have a picture of the Huge White Dog with Tan Ears

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to do Doga — with Gift Ideas for Doggy Yoga Lovers

Who would have thought yoga could be such a contact sport?

Doga is catching on all over the dog world

Dogs love yoga! It is an activity where they can participate with their human partners in a relaxing activity

Meet “Doga” a yoga practice that is becoming quite popular. Simply, Doga is yoga done in partnership with your dog. This can be you assisting the dog in stretches he does, or teaching him to do poses with you.

It might seem odd that dogs would want to participate in one’s yoga practice,  but then again, dogs have evolved to be our partners, and part of partnership is sharing experiences.

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How to Choose a Shelter Dog

When I was a kid, I finally talked my dad into letting me get a dog. Baron the Wonder Dog was my inseparable friend from age 10 to 20. When I set off for college, he went with me. We spent a miserably cold winter in Missoula, MT in 1978-79 and left there in March of ‘79. We spent our first night in Seattle at some friend’s house and at 5:30 a.m., Baron asked to go outside. I let him out, went to the bathroom myself, and when I opened the door to let him back in, he was not there. I searched for months and never found him.

Baron's beach holes made great BBQ pits

Rocks were great entertainment for Baron. He’d dig long canyons along which he advanced his pet rock

This led me to adopt a 6 month-old Shepherd-Lab whose owner had surrendered him at the Humane Society. “David Flemming” was 6 feet tall, balding, and wore a gray business suit. At least that’s what Buck said every time we encountered a man of that description. Continue reading

How to Choose Your Next Dog

“Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative.”
— Mordecai Siegal

We just said goodbye to the Thanksgiving turkey and will soon welcome Santa Claus and the loot he drags down the chimney.

Hopefully one of those things will not be a dog.

Consider your purpose for having a dog in your life

Not everyone regards a dog as his partner and best friend.

The selection of a dog must be made by the person who will be the dog’s main human. Whether it’s a kid or an adult, the main human must select his/her dog.

Readers of this blog may pick up on the fact that I rarely speak in absolute absolutes—but this time, I do not mince words.

When you decide you want to commit to a decade – sometimes even two decades—of owning a dog, you owe it to yourself and your new dog to consider the ramifications of your choice. Here are some guidelines: Continue reading

I am Thankful for…

I have been focusing on recreating a new life and way of being, and part of the Reset is to slow down, see the moment, pay attention to the beauty and greatness each moment brings.

A couple of weeks ago, after autumn had made her presence with rainy, windy days and cool damp nights, there was a brief return to the dog days of summer. On that day, I took Alice and Wil to a private beach on Camano Island near where we were living in our RV. This day was special for so many reasons:

Hitting the "reset button"

Our awesome real estate agent gifted Alice, Wil and me a glorious day on the private beach on Camano Island.

For so many years I found myself so “up-to-my-ears” in duties, responsibilities, and commitments that I lost the precious time I had with my horses and dogs. I changed my life—sold my ranch, downsized my belongings, parked my horses at a training barn in Tonasket while the dogs and I set off to find a new home where life could calm down and we could find Time again.

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Crate Training 101

Every dog should be taught—ideally at an early age—how to spend time in a crate. The reasons are plentiful:

When properly conditioned to a crate, a dog will find it a comfortable cave. This cave can serve as a place of safety during thunderstorms, holidays (lots of guests are in your home, you’re at an unfamiliar place, fireworks are exploding, trick or trickers are knocking continuously on your door, etc.)

If you are staying in a hotel, motel or are a guest in someone’s home, a crate may be appreciated by your host.

Dogs who suffer from separation anxiety can be unbelievably destructive. In a crate, the only thing the dog can destroy is his bedding. And if you fear he may shred and eat it, remove the bedding when he is unsupervised.

There is a possibility that you may need to travel by air with your dog at some point. That is a very stressful situation for dogs, and having a friendly relationship with the crate prior to the trip helps make the experience just a little less “over the edge.”

How to Condition Your Dog to LOVE His Crate

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Training aids: 6′ Leash and a Choke Collar

Training your dog to walk politely on a leash may require a new tools– a 6′ leash and a choke collar. Such is the case with Wil and me. We are ratcheting up our obedience expectations. And with that we needed two tools that we ordinarily would not use: A choke collar and a leather leash.

The Fierce Jungle Animal!

The Fierce Jungle Animal!

Wil is the third of three dogs I ever got over the age of 8 weeks of age. One was Buck, about whom I’ve written in another post. Another was a little 8 pound Jack Russel Terrorist- Chihuahua mix. In all the years I had either of them, their early leash-training (i.e. “lack there-of”)  left “ghosts” of behavior. In other words, when it suited them, they resorted to pulling my arm out of its socket. (Yes, even the Fierce Jungle Animal!)

Such is the case with Wil.

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Halloween Contests and Parades for Dogs

It’s that time of year again– Time for goblins, princesses, pirates, and three-headed Chihuahuas to take to the streets!

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Three-Headed Chihuahua — Image courtesy of Petful

If you’re one to celebrate or participate in Halloween festivities you might check this out to see if there is an event near you: 2015 Halloween Events .

I’d like to point out a few things that will help keep you and your dog safe.

If you head out with your dog to partake in Halloween events, keep an eye on your dog for signs of stress.

 

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Clickety Dog – the app that clicks for dog lovers (Guest Post)

I’d like to thank Vicky Carne, Publisher of Clickety Clips & Clickety Dog for contributing this article — just for K9 Wellbeing Readers!

Improve your timing- Use Clickety Dog App

Clickety Dog- An App to build great timing. Whether you’re a dog owner, thinking of getting a dog or just someone who loves dogs, the game app Clickety Dog (available for most cell phones and tablets) provides hours of entertainment as well as practice in clicker* training.

In the game, you must patiently clicker train your young dog in new skills before you take it through to obedience competitions and round agility courses. But, just like training a real dog your screen dog may ignore you or simply not understand what you want – timing and patience are key. And, just like real life, so is watching out for distractions like squirrels or picnics! Your aim is to win all the rosettes and trophies, and you can’t do that if your dog’s run off.

For those new to clicker training, it’s also a helpful introduction to both the concept and the skills needed before you go off and try it with a real dog.

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