Once again Pat Miller CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA has written a lovely article for the Whole Dog Journal that offers families with dogs some great tips on keeping kids and dogs safe around each other. If you subscribe to The Whole Dog Journal, you will see this month’s March 2018 edition with the article: “Kidding Around, Combining kids […]
Chapter 3 – Colic, Earaches, and Dogs—Oh My . . . Pinball was the most put out by the new baby. He had been the baby before Indy arrived and at eighteen months, Pinball was in a critical behavioral/fear period. Wherever I was, Pinball wanted to be there, too, which often left him lying on the […]
Growling is a warning dogs give. It allows us as parents to manage the situation so our dogs and kids can live safely together. Here are some tips.
Baby gizmos include the following and more: Those lovely automatic swings that play music and might even have a mobile dangling above it. This can be scary to your dog, or a great toy. Portable car seats that will be carried right at many dog’s eye level often have interesting smells in them that can draw […]
Just finished a great interview with Celia Kutcher of Animal Instinct on Heritage Radio Network. If you missed it, you can still hear it on the Heritage Radio Network/Animal Instinct website. Just because Dog Bite Prevention Week ends today, doesn’t mean we can’t keep working to reduce those dog bites!
It’s National Bite Prevention Week and that makes me reflect on why I wrote Please Don’t Bite the Baby, and Please Don’t Chase the Dogs. I wrote Please Don’t Bite the Baby in the hopes that if every parent with kids and dogs read it, we would see a reduction in the annual 4.5 million […]
Dog training commands should be simple, but can often become complicated and confusing for the dog (and human too). For example, if one handler uses command “X” to mean one action for their dog, and then another person uses command “Y” for the same action, our dogs are left having to remember which word which person uses for […]
In Please Don’t Bite the Baby, I write about the importance of training basic commands. In some ways dog training is like cooking. There are standard staple ingredients that go into complicated recipes and meals, and in dog training, we have standard commands that allow us to manage our dogs. By using placement skills that essentially mean: […]