Monday, September 1, 2014


My dogs like to sun bathe when the sun is high in the sky.  Even though they have a doggie door available to them when I'm home, they prefer that I go with them when they go outside.  But I get nauseous in the hot sun.

Today, I figured out a compromise that works for both of us.   I sat on the floor right inside the doorway. That way, they can sit in the sun and keep and eye on me at the same time. And I get to stay in the air conditioning and out of the sun.
Dogs probably don't understand human negotiation, but I started thinking about other compromises I've made for the dogs. Things that accommodated them but didn't demand too much sacrifice from me.

I don't know Puddin's breed. She sort of looks like a Dachshund/Beagle mix. So naturally her nose is always on the ground. Not pulling on a 6 foot leash was hard for her.  So we made a deal. "I'll give you more space and allow you to move at a comfortable gate if you promise not to use all of that space and pull on leash.".  When we go to quiet parks, if no one is around, she gets 30 feet of sniffing space.
When Lupe first came to live with me, she was afraid of me and afraid to go outdoors. It was too traumatizing to make her go outdoors. And even if I did force her to go out, she was too afraid to potty.
But I discovered that if I put down newspapers in a corner of the house ( far form her sleeping area), she would go on them. So while she learned to be less afraid, I let her go on newspapers indoors. I still had to clean up her elimination but at least I didn't have to steam clean the carpets.   After a few months, she decided on her own to start pottying outside.  The newspaper pottying was something that worked for both of us.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Loose Leash Walking. Part 5. Leash? What Leash?

We have already talked about teaching a dog how to stay with us without any equipment. Once we start using equipment, our loose leash walking training can go much more smoothly if we try to make the leash as inconsequential as possible.  Once we start pulling on the leash, our dogs will to.   So try to think of the leash as just being there for backup.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Classical Conditioning. Part IV. Order, Intensity, Value

If pet parents have been working on a program of desensitization and
counter conditioning and their pet doesn't seem to be getting any better,
it might be time to review order, intensity, value

Friday, August 8, 2014

Loose Leash Walking. Part 4. Proofing

In our last post on Loose Leash Walking, we talked about starting indoors with no equipment.  In other words, we set our dogs up for success by proofing the behavior we want.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Rewards in Dog Training. Food Alternatives

Food is normally a great motivator and often useful when teaching new behaviors - because we need to perform multiple repetitions.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Saving Money On Dog Treats

Caution: Check with our vet before trying anything listed below

Dog Treats are just like anything else. Homemade is cheaper.