An Alternative to DIY Training Treats for Busy Dog Lovers

An Alternative to DIY Training Treats for Busy Dog Lovers

This post is sponsored by Open Farm Pet, makers of healthy dry dog food that is sourced from certified ethical and humane farms. This weekend I came to the conclusion that I’m going to eat less meat.  I saw a commercial (isn’t that how it always goes?)...
5 Ways to Find a Dog Trainer to Fit Your Budget

5 Ways to Find a Dog Trainer to Fit Your Budget

This is a very hard post for me to write. I don’t like to preach or lecture, because it can come across as judgmental.  When people judge the way I’m raising our dogs, I get annoyed and then I throw up the wall. I’m not trying to hear all that....
Positive Perspective on Training Littermates with Fernando Camacho

Positive Perspective on Training Littermates with Fernando Camacho

Why are dog trainers so against adopting littermates?  I used to think that dog trainers were against littermates, because they are controlling know-it-alls who need to stick their nose into everything that isn’t their business. Harsh, right? Well that comes from a...
Advice on Raising Littermates by the APDT

Advice on Raising Littermates by the APDT

Many dog owners discover my blog, because they adopted littermates, started researching raising littermates, and came across site after site that states what a terrible idea it is to bring home 2 puppies at the same time. Then they discover my happy corner of the...
Should Dog Owners Keep Their Littermates Apart?

Should Dog Owners Keep Their Littermates Apart?

I love when readers send me emails about raw feeding and raising littermates.  There is so much information online that it’s nice that the Internet has provided a venue for all of us to share notes and support one another.  Below is an email I received from a...
What I Learned After I Hit My Dog

What I Learned After I Hit My Dog

One night, before Rodrigo and Sydney were 2 years old, I was playing with them in the living room. The dogs were allowed rawhide chews back then, because they needed something to curb their chewing drive and I couldn’t find anything else that was affordable that...
Why Dogs Jump and How We Curb this Behavior

Why Dogs Jump and How We Curb this Behavior

Rodrigo is a jumper. Blue was a jumper. Zoey is a jumper. The one thing these three dogs have in common is the herding breed – Border Collie, Australian Shepherd, Blue Heeler. Why Do Dogs Jump? Rodrigo jumps to get a closer look at something I have – a treat, a toy, a...
Tip on Stopping Incessant Barking

Tip on Stopping Incessant Barking

Last month I wrote about reducing barking. When our pack starts barking at a stranger, they sound scary. If they’re alerting to a critter, then their barking pitch becomes ear splitting. I can get pretty damn annoying if it goes on for a long time, so although I...
Do Citronella Collars Work to Reduce Barking?

Do Citronella Collars Work to Reduce Barking?

  We received a note about our barking dogs for a neighbor of a neighbor.  In the note, the person said that the little Blue Heeler (Zoey) is the worst.  What she didn’t realize is that Zoey was reacting to a trespasser on our property. Before I tell you...
Perfect Toy for Active Dogs and Limited Time

Perfect Toy for Active Dogs and Limited Time

During the week, I wake up at 4:45 am and I don’t sit down to relax until 8:30 pm.  On the weekend, I don’t sleep in, because we have 4 dogs, 2 cats, 5 acres of yard work, a big house to clean and I only have 2 days to catch up on my blogging and freelance...
Does Tone of Voice Communicate Information to Dogs? #PawPack

Does Tone of Voice Communicate Information to Dogs? #PawPack

The other night I was going through our PawPack and found a ball that I thought would be perfect for Zoey.  I called Zoey’s name thinking she was standing right outside my office.  She didn’t appear so I called her name again. All 4 dogs can running, big...
Surviving Adolescence with Littermate Puppies

Surviving Adolescence with Littermate Puppies

If you’ve been following this blog, then you know I love littermates.  We’re raising 2 sets of littermates and the second time around was much easier than the first time around. Scout and Zoey are 9.5 months old and officially in adolescence and it kind of...

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