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Dogs Like Any Other
Living with blind and deaf dogs
Jordan was blind and deaf, and he was fetching (in both senses of the word)! Quality of life was not an issue for this dog, and I was thrilled about it. His guardians were following my fundamental rule for dogs with challenges: Decide that this dog is going to have a full and happy life, just as you would with any dog. With this family, I was truly preaching to the choir. Most dogs have a cue to...
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Great Pet Rescue Rally
Online pet adoption fundraiser
The Great Pet Rescue Rally is a fundraising event that benefits ten organizations throughout Maricopa County in Arizona that rescue and adopt out pets. This collaboration of ten welfare organizations in the greater Metropolitan Phoenix area makes this group the second largest shelter system in the United States (after Los Angeles), representing 100,000 animals each year. The work by these groups...
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Relief Efforts in Haiti
The need is extraordinary
The suffering defies description in the aftermath of the biggest earthquake to hit Haiti in centuries, and worldwide efforts to help the people in need reveal the empathy of the international community towards those whose very lives depend on what emergency supplies and care reach them in the next hours, days, weeks and months. Groups involved in aid efforts include Partners in Health, the Red...
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Canine Fashions
What are you wearing?
Who among us doesn’t have a wardrobe full of pieces that proclaim our love for dogs? I still cherish the Dog’s Best Friend T-shirts I wore as my uniform when teaching training classes at that business before my husband’s new job prompted us to move. In the photo on back covers of the books we wrote together, both Patricia McConnell and I are sporting matching denim shirts embroidered with dogs....
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Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook
The pictures are fantastic!
I wrote a book review for The Bark about the book "Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook" by Barbara Handelman. I liked the book very much but my main criticism of it was that the quality of the reproduction of the photos was poor. I thought it was just a result of color photos being printed in black and white leading to low contrast. Apparently, the issue was that the first printing didn...
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Stay Makes Life Better
Avoid common mistakes when training this cue
If your dog can stay when asked, life is easier. It’s so wonderful to have a dog who will stay throughout dinner when guests are over, and it’s great to have a dog who can stay when needed to keep her safe. I love teaching this cue to dogs! Teaching stay takes time, especially if you want that stay to work when you really need it. The first step in training a dog to stay is teaching her what the...
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Training Your Foot Warmer
Sitting in an odd place takes practice for dogs
Previously, I wrote about using a visiting Pomeranian as a foot warmer, and I mentioned that I had to teach him to sit on top of my feet. The first time I lured him over and gave him the cue to sit, he looked a little confused and was not as quick to respond as usual. He started to lower his back end hesitantly, unlike the usually sharp way he sits on cue. I praised his initial lowering to let...
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Warming My Feet
Dogs contribute in so many ways
As I write this, I have a little ball of fire keeping my feet warm. Specifically, Tyson, an eight-pound Pomeranian sits right where I asked him to—on my feet. I like having him sit on my feet because my feet often get cold. My view is that he creates a lot of heat and I believe in sharing. He generally likes to be close to me, though when I first asked him to sit on my feet, he seemed puzzled as...
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Ask Me About My Granddog
What’s your favorite dog-themed bumper sticker?
I was stuck in a little traffic yesterday, which could have been a major bummer except for the entertaining car in front of me. I had the good fortune to be behind one of those cars decorated from roof to hubcaps with bumper stickers, and many of them were dog-related. Naturally, they had Bark’s own “Dog is my co-pilot” prominently displayed on the actual bumper, suggesting it was one of the...
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The Power of Rescue Groups
A feel-good video makes the case
Beautiful pictures of rescue dogs who now live in loving homes make for a video with a high CQ (Cute Quotient.) And the fact that it is set to the Queen song “You’re My Best Friend” makes it captivating. I wasted an embarrassing amount of my precious writing time watching the entire video multiple times. I kept telling myself I had to know the video thoroughly before writing about it, but the...

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