Blog Profile / The Other End of the Leash

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June Skies

I’ve been lucky enough to be absorbed by a sheepdog trial and training clinic for 4 of the last 5 days, so forgive me if all I post are some photos of the awesome skies and light we’ve had this past week. (Quick update on the trial: Maggie ran in ProNovice in the Cedar Stone […]

Name That Ewe 6-12-17

There are six new members of Redstart Farm: Two momma ewes and their twin lambs. It’s such a joy to have lambs back on the farm–we had to skip lambing season this year because of a bacterial disease that prevented our co-owned ram from coming over in fall and breeding the ewes. But now we […]

What Would You Like to Talk About?

I’m back in the office, refreshed and recharged and ready to go. And curious–what would YOU like to talk about? Canine-related book reviews? Other book reviews? (Have you read Leaving Time? Wow!) Case studies? Research? Training Ideas? Dog-Human relationships? Flowers? Recipes? Novels about dogs that incorporate flowers? I’m all ears. Be as specific as you […]

Contemplative Photography, 2017 Version

I won’t pretend that being restricted by my bad knee hasn’t put a damper on my activities. Thank heavens then, for the class I took several years ago on Contemplative Photography (see some photos from it here and here). It did so much to help expand my eye and how much I appreciate the visual […]

Canine Social Cognition – What Do We Know?

In March I wrote a review of James Serpell’s 2nd edition of  The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions with People.  In the review I said “This chapter [on social cognition] is the ultimate updated resource on social cognition in dogs, and is practically worth the price of the book.” I’ve been reading through […]

A Special Opportunity to Help Shelters (Time Limited!)

Do you take the time to write down what you are grateful for on a regular basis? I’ve been doing it for years, and I can attest that it’s one of the most constructive things I’ve ever done. Far beyond a superficial exercise, it can help to repair a broken psyche, or, in some cases, […]

Wisconsin’s Prairies in Spring

I am so lucky to live in “fly over country”. (To the hoards from the coasts: Please keep flying over and not stopping. We’re just fine here, really.) I live in an area of southwestern Wisconsin called “The Driftless Area,“ so called because the last glaciers avoided us and left lots of beautiful hills, valleys […]

Off to Recharge My Batteries

I hope you are enjoying spring (or fall?) right now. Hopefully, when you read this, I’ll be in the garden, the woods, the pasture or the kitchen. I’m taking the rest of May off to recharge my batteries. The book tour for The Education of Will was a time I will never forget, full of […]

HAI. The Window of Tolerance. And Life.

I’m sitting at La Guardia airport, surrounded by rows of passengers-to-be, their stolid baggage waiting by their sides like silent beasts of burden, their agile mobile phones hard at work. I’m on my home from the Green Chimneys 2017  Conference on Human Animal Interactions and here’s my challenge: What part of the conference do I […]

Sorry to Say (Dogs and Guilt, Revisited)

There was quite the dust up on Twitter last week about a blog in Psychology Today by Nathan Lents, titled Dogs Apologize Better Than Some Humans. Skipping the observation that humans have a lot more to apologize for than dogs do, (clown horror movies come to mind), Lents addresses the “guilty look” of dogs and […]

Want a Laugh? “Peanut Butter Dogs” Guarantees It

The book Peanut Butter Dogs, Photographs by Greg Murray, is the best thing to cross my desk in ages. We now know that the ingredients for a giggling, smiling, heart-warming laugh fest are: 1. Dogs (80% of the dogs in the book were adopted from shelters or rescues). 2. Peanut butter. 3. A great photographer. […]

Why Don’t Dogs Get Angry More Often?

I’ve had a lot of interesting conversations on book tour for The Education of Will, and one of the topics that comes up relates to dogs and anger. I’ve heard: “Are you really saying that dogs can experience anger? Isn’t that being anthropomorphic; surely anger is a human construct?” And from a few concerned people: […]

Fighting Words

It seems that we all have something we are fighting right now. This next month, I’m all about doing battle with cancer. Cancer. Ugh, I hate it. I actually began this piece with a direct conversation to cancer itself, but it contained so many swear words I had to delete it. I have good reason […]

The Working Dog Center at Penn Vet

Book tours can be tiring, but there’s nothing like being inspired by the work of the people of The Penn Vet Working Dog Center in Philadelphia.  I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon there–basically an exercise in intellectual and emotional rapture. In general, here’s what they do: “Our goal is to increase collaborative research, […]

Best cake in the world

I just couldn’t resist sending this out: Without question the most amazing cake ever made in the world, thanks to my hosts in Boxboro, MA at the New England Dog Training Club. Nancy and Cindy had the cake made. (I am so sorry, I forget the name of the farm fresh market that made it…  […]

Book Review: The Domestic Dog, edited by James Serpell

If you are a serious student of domestic dog behavior, you need this book. Its full title is The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions with People (2nd edition). It’s not inexpensive, but well worth it. ($44.69 on Amazon, but don’t hesitate to contact your local Indie store to see what they’d charge you.)  […]

How to Handle Reactive Dogs

I’m just back from the first phase of book tour, and so much of what came up on the dog-lover side related to “reactive” dogs. As I talk about in The Education of Will, dogs can be psychologically traumatized too, and one of the symptoms of that is “hyper-reactivity.” Just as a veteran soldier with […]

A Request to the Village re the Education of Will

Months ago, when in the first stages of planning publicity for my new book, I asked my editor why book tours were always so brutal. And they are–by now I’ll have given 9 talks in less than two weeks, and visited 8 cities. On some days, I got up at 4 A, to make a […]

Sleep Disturbance Case – Urgent

I’m busy on book tour, but was asked about this case at the Ohio Vet Conference late last week. You can read the description below, but the bottom line is this sweet, dear hound mix, Kasey, was rescued from a research lab but needs rescuing again. We didn’t have much time to talk about the case […]

Dogs and Psychological Trauma

In 2006, Willie who came to us as an eight-week old puppy who behaved as if he’d served three tours in Afghanistan, and came back with the canine version of PTSD. The title of The Education of Will is in part based on his name. In the book I talk about how all mammals can […]

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