Alice and Wil had a shave and a haircut at Burlington Dog Works. Check out their new doos:
A while ago I watched Dogs Decoded, a documentary produced by Nova, which explored our relationship with dogs. It drew attention to something I knew about my relationships with my dogs, but was not consciously aware of.
[Above] This is a really quick overview of Dogs Decoded. The full length version is toward the end of this post.
I have deliberately developed the sophistication of understanding for every dog I’ve ever owned. I teach them words. And I use that vocabulary to build concepts. Continue reading
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:
As I write this post, there is another fall storm blowing up here in Northwest Washington. The wind is projected to gust over 60 miles per hour and the rain will come in buckets.
I’m out in this storm, and as I drive along city streets– an activity I’m no longer accustomed to, having recently moved from a rural region with just three stoplights in the whole county– I found it nearly impossible to see pedestrians walking across roads on this blustery night.
If you are going away for the holidays and cannot take your canine companion along, there are several options you might consider to keep him safe. Continue reading
Who would have thought yoga could be such a contact sport?
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.
Build your relationship into something spectacular using the dog training strategies and partnership lessons in The 3 Essential Commands! Your dog will know he ROCKS!
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.
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
“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.
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