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Good Dog: Behavior & Training
The Art of Training
Building trust is the first step
Marilyn Pona with K.C., the YorkiePoo, and Rusty, her big red rescue boy.
For 30 years, Marilyn Pona, founder of Assistance Dogs for Living, has been training dogs: rescued, traumatized mutts; show dogs; obedience-school dropouts; neurotic dogs in danger of exile from their families; and service dogs of every kind.   “There’s one thing nearly every trainer does too soon,” she confides. “Train.”   The usual impulse, she explains, is to jump in and try to impose control...
Culture: DogPatch
Career Change
Notable second acts: Lydia Best
Lydia Best
From corporate executive to dog walker is an unusual career trajectory, but Lydia Best doesn’t regret a moment of it. As director of recruiting for several IT consulting firms, Best logged thousands of miles of travel a year, which kept her from adding a dog to her life, as she and her husband— who was also a well-traveled citizen of corporate America— were so rarely home. Tired of being dogless...
Culture: DogPatch
Alan Cumming
Interview with the actor, writer, and director.
Alan Cumming and Dog
Alan Cumming is best known for his appearances in movies such as X2: X-Men United, Son of the Mask and Nicholas Nickleby. This winter on the Sci Fi Channel, he stars alongside Richard Dreyfuss in Tin Man, a miniseries based on The Wizard of Oz. In most of his films, Cumming takes the roles of creeps, geeks or crazies. “Subtlety’s not my forte,” he says. “I think you can be as big as you like as...
Culture: DogPatch
Q&A with Elizabeth George on Dogs and Mysteries
Elizabeth George
She’s been called a master of the English mystery, her books have been adapted by the BBC and, with the publication earlier this year of This Body of Death, she has 17 wildly popular “Inspector Lynley” novels to her credit. However, Elizabeth George is no British blueblood — rather, she’s an Ohio-born, California-raised former schoolteacher with a gift for crafting deliciously long and complex...
News: Guest Posts
Congratulations, Temple Grandin
Biopic wins five Emmys
At the Emmy Awards on Sunday night, the HBO biopic “Temple Grandin” took home five prizes (out of seven nominations), including Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie. Grandin may have been an unknown quantity for many in the audience and readers of the Emmy’s Blog but not here at Bark. We’re big fans of her work, including the book Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode...
News: Guest Posts
Kate VandenBerghe
Blogger
Freelance designer (former Bark design intern) and newest addition to our blog squad, Kate VandenBerghe is a recent MFA graduate in design from California College of the Arts. When Kate isn’t designing or writing, some of her favorite activities include: taking her dogs on adventures, sipping ice cold lemonade, dancing to Elton John and wearing cardigans. Every Wednesday, she’ll be blogging about...
Culture: DogPatch
The Best & Brightest in the World of Dogs
During the past 25 years, there have been amazing advancements in the dog world. To commemorate them, we set out to find the people behind these accomplishments—the innovators, thinkers and achievers who relished challenges and whose creativity, compassion and commitment helped reshape the world of dogs and our understanding of it. Without further ado, we present our honorees: The Bark’s 100 Best...
News: Guest Posts
Home for the Holidays?
Meet Mija, a shelter smiler with a special story
We don’t often write about smilers on the Bark blog. After all they have their own section on the website, their own pages in the magazine, and their own book, Dog Joy (a great holiday gift, by the way). But when we saw and read about Mija, well, we made an exception. Below is the tale of Mija and her pack, direct from Lynda Demke, manager of the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter: “This is Mija....
Culture: DogPatch
Nellie McKay’s Dog Song
It isn’t often a musician finds herself compared to both Doris Day and Eminem. But Nellie McKay, a 19-year-old singer/songwriter born in London and raised in Harlem, draws such comparisons. It also isn’t often that songs are inspired in part by dogs named after Joey Buttafuoco. But McKay wrote such a song. "The Dog Song", a bouncy piano-driven number that recalls Tin Pan Alley, is one of 18 songs...
News: JoAnna Lou
From Shelter Mutt to Champion Athlete
North American rescue becomes the Aussie dock diving champ.
In the dog sport world a lot of importance is placed on picking and raising the perfect puppy. With all the focus on champion pedigrees and breeders, it's always refreshing to see a successful dog come from the animal shelter. So I was excited to see that Joey, a Border Collie/Kelpie/Cattle Dog mix, was recently crowned the Australian dock diving champion at the World Dog Games last month. ...

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