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Considerations for a City Dog. And Dental Supplies.

First, not to bury the lead–the book Considerations for the City Dog is a great book. I’ll explain more about that later in this post, but let me start by describing how I learned about the book: In October 2015 my office got a call from the local post office. “You have to get down […]

Always End on Good Note? (Please Don’t, Not Always.)

How many times have you heard or said “Always end a training session on a good note?” I heard it repeatedly when I first went into the field and said it myself, until I saw how much trouble it could cause a dog and his handler. I got to thinking about this training aphorism when […]

Tree Frogs, Baby Spiders & Sheep Dog Trials

Those things go together, right? Well, they did this weekend. Lucky me to discover this Gray Tree Frog hiding out in the day lilies. They are small, can take on the color of the substrate they’re on, and are only noticed if you are looking closely. Every time I find one in the garden it’s […]

Does Your Dog Come When Called? Every Time?

When Willie starting working sheep as a youngster, he didn’t want to quit. This is a high quality problem with a young sheepdog, but it’s still a problem. At some point you just have to end the session. It’s a common problem too–I’ve seen scores of adolescent Border Collies zoom around and around the flock […]

Maggie 1, Willie Whoops

We’re just back from a great, small trial in Minnesota at the home of Janis and Dan Reuter. A heartfelt thanks to them for all the work it takes to put on a trial, especially at a farm only five months old. Not to mention the stamina of Robin Reasoner for setting out all day […]

What Was I thinking? (Rescue Regrets are Usually Temporary)

“Oh No. What HAVE I done?” Ever had that thought after bringing a new dog into your home? Usually around day three? Here’s the good news: It’s almost universal, and it almost always goes away. Here’s the usual course of events after bringing home a new puppy or dog: Like any responsible pet owner, you […]

Barking: Please Stop.

I love it when my dogs bark as someone drives up to the farm, and I’m not alone in appreciating being alerted by a dog. Masai villagers keep dogs, they told me, because they bark when lions try to break through the thorn bush barrier to kill their cattle. Tulip, our Great Pyrenees in years […]

Things That Go Boom in the Night

It rained two and a half inches yesterday, most of it in a brief rain-slashing, wind-moaning storm that was so intense that the dogs and I sat on the couch looking out the window in a state of disbelief. I believe at one point I said “Holy S^#!” It reminded me of the night I […]

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: […]

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