Comforting the Comfort Dog – The Conundrum

If you have been on an airplane in the last couple of years, perhaps a bus, or in a store of any kind, chances are you have seen someone with a dog. I am not sure that the world has become more dog friendly necessarily, but rather more people are finding a need to have…

It is what it is …

Each time I step out into the world and meet a new person, a new dog, a chicken, or a horse, it is meeting another living being, an opening of sorts. The exchange of words is a human thing, that’s what we do, but it is really the tone and intention behind the words that…

The Ostrich Effect in the Dog World

In the social sciences, behavioral sciences, behavioral finance, psychology, and maybe a few more disciplines, including the likes of canine behavioral sciences, there exists the Ostrich Effect. It is the attempt made by a person to avoid information that they may not be ready to absorb, hear, or know. It is the Ostrich burying its…

Sharing this planet for a moment in time

“Dogs are loyal, and faithful, and want to please, and they don’t judge you, they love you for who you are …” When I see this on social media, hear this in conversation, or read it in some article I gag ever so slightly. Okay maybe more than that. It is a massive reductionist view…

Top 10 Tips – dealing with a traumatic dog experience

All dogs can handle stress, a little or a lot. All dogs are resilient, a little or a lot. Most dogs will encounter one or more traumatic events in their life time, by the mouth of another, by the hands of another, through the fury of Mother Nature, from man-made noises, to scary office/medical experiences….

The Magical Diet Pill Dog Training Method

say it how it is – series It’s easy to make promises to yourself when you are waiting for the puppy to arrive home. Positive affirmations are always good, so why not. I will love, as in capital L.O.V.E this little fur baby. I will get up early, I will stay up late. I promise…

It’s a health thing

Here it is, the information for the most commonly asked questions, that are above and beyond ‘what to feed’ type questions, that I receive about nutrition during my lectures, talks, and workshops. I work in the field of behavior, so by default I have learned a tremendous amount of nutrition. Why? If a dog does…

The Window of Susceptibility – what you should know

Why oh why do puppies get so many vaccines in the first three months of life? If your veterinary is not proactively sharing information on why, the real reasons why, not the pharma sales person pitch on why, two totally different monkeys by the way, than you either need to put your foot down, or…

Your voice counts, your comments are needed!

So you have a bit of spare time, absolutely nothing to do for a few hours, no plans, no laundry, no messages, no e-mail to return, YAY! What is the first thing you dive into with this ounce of freedom? A book, a movie, gardening, a long hot bath, a hike, playing with your dogs,…

East or North?

Easter is our time to get out into this beautiful world, and see it for it’s true simple beauty. We usually head North or East, there really isn’t an explanation or a reason behind this, it just seems to happen that way. This has pretty much been our norm for 18 years or so. No…