This a great story for dog lovers – a rescued shelter dog going to Broadway. Thanks to dog trainer William Berloni. Those of us who grew up loving Broadway musicals, know the story of Little Orphan Annie and her dog Sandy. In the story, Annie rescues a stray dog from the dogcatcher by getting the […]
The Food Aggressive Dog I’ve already mentioned that Georgia is food aggressive and very possessive of food. Store Food Out of Reach We don’t keep any food items (or even things that can be misconstrued as food – like leather gloves, wool yard, etc.) where she can reach them. We’ve found out the hard way […]
Georgia moved in with us a few weeks after we settled in to the new house. She is a hound mix of some sort and is taller and heavier than Belle. When she was a puppy, she was found out in the woods half starved and with a large piece of her hide missing from […]
Things have changed a lot since the last time I posted. We have moved to a new house and a new dog has entered our lives. Belle has a history of marking the indoors of new houses, so that was a bit of a concern when we moved in to the new house. We had […]
When she first came to live with me, Belle was not used to walking with a leash. Naturally, she pulled a lot on the lead. This was mostly because she was fearful of it and was trying to get away from it. She managed to pull a retractable leash from my hand once, and the […]
My town has a leash law. I think it’s relatively new, but we do have one. Now that doesn’t mean that everyone keeps their dog under control. As a matter of fact, it’s not uncommon for me to have an encounter with a strange dog when I’m walking Belle. Now if you’ve been reading this […]
Just like humans, dogs are prone to forgetting things, or even testing boundaries. Thus, it is important to refresh your dog’s training “memory.” Dogs that respond to a given command for a long period of time can suddenly start acting like they don’t know what the command means. For example, it took me quite a […]
Many dogs are afraid of storms. But when that behavior becomes harmful to the dog, what do you do? My dog Belle was always afraid of storms, but it got much worse. And unfortunately, my attempts to comfort her actually reinforced her negative behavior. After speaking with a friend who is a dog training expert, I started crating her during storms and covering the crate with a sheet. This helps her to feel safer and keeps her from hurting herself during her panic.