Blog Profile / The Other End of the Leash

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Archived Since:July 25, 2009

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Things to do after your dog has died

This poem was written by a friend and colleague, Catherine Young. I hadn’t seen her in awhile, and then ran into her at a local coffee shop, where she handed me an envelope with a poem she’d written in it. Oh thanks, I said, focused on other issues at the time. Show More Summary

Dogs As Family, People as Packs

It’s not just us that sees our dogs as family; apparently, dogs see us as family too. This may not be shocking news to many of us, but it is always good to look at our beliefs objectively. An interesting study was recently publishedShow More Summary

Ah Youth! The Initiation of Play in Dogs

First, watch the video of Katie’s young Leo trying to get an older Mastiff, Herk, to play. (You’ll know who is who, trust me!) Second, take a minute to wipe the tears from your eyes because you were laughing so hard. Third, think about...Show More Summary

The Tragedy of Wolf Dogs

  This is Bits. He is a hybrid wolfdog. Or maybe some coyote, no one knows. He is drop-dead gorgeous and is flat out terrified of strangers. He has been living with Jayne and Mike Belskey at the Grey Wolf Central Wisconsin Rescue  for two years now, having been rescued by them as a panicked, huddled, terrified mess from a shelter. Show More Summary

The Plot Thickens: Spay Neuter Effects & the Health of Our Dogs

Many years ago, in the 1980?s, I was in Scotland being introduced to a cocktail party full of veterinarians. Imagine my surprise when one of them cornered me, waving his drink and spluttering his words, and began berating American veterinarians for promoting spay/neuters of pet dogs. Show More Summary

Upcoming Canine Science Conferences

I’m off this week, officially celebrating the marriage of Jim and I that took place last November. Veritable packs of friends and family are coming from all over the country to laugh and play and celebrate over the weekend, ending in what we are calling a “Not Wedding Party” on Sunday evening. Show More Summary

Summer Books: What are You Reading?

Question: Is there ever enough time to read? Answer: No. I read every night and every morning at a minimum, and if I ever had a genie rise out of a bottle and ask me for one wish, I’d ask for another hour or two of reading time in every day. Show More Summary

Posssibility Dogs: Review and Q & A with Susannah Charleson

Susannah Charleson, author of Scent of the Missing, has done it again: Given us a page turner that is exquisitely written, and rich with both emotion and information related to working dogs. However, this time the dogs aren’t search and rescue dogs; although in some ways you could suggest that’s exactly what they do. Show More Summary

Psychiatric Service Dogs

Here’s one of world’s greatest descriptions of a dog: “[Gander looks like] … the canine version of a forgetful old literature professor in a corduroy jacket with patches at the elbows.” I’ve never met Gander, but the photos of him  remind me of a grown-up, bachelor party version of Little Orphan Annie’s dog, Sandy. Show More Summary

Dog Bite Prevention 2013

It is Dog Bite Prevention week, and I am inspired to repeat a post I wrote last year about that topic. I don’t usually repeat blogs, but I’ve seen so much pain and suffering (and I don’t mean physical) over this issue that I am inspired to put it out into the universe once again. Show More Summary

Confrontational Techniques Elicit Aggression

Remember the movie Groundhog Day, in which Bill Murray wakes up every morning to repeat the same day, over and over? That is a bit of what it feels like to write about the value of benevolence in dog training, and the problems associated with aggressive, confrontational techniques. Show More Summary

Something To Chew On

Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim, and dogs gotta chew. At least, that is my belief, backed up with virtually no research whatsoever. This belief is based on 1) understanding that the impressive teeth and jaw structure of a dog is the...Show More Summary

Resource Guarding: Treatment and Prevention

Years ago, I took care of a gooey-sweet adolescent Border collie, (Tilly, I’ll call her) who flattened her ears and folded like a bird’s wing every time you said her name. She was responsive and polite, and the other dogs seemed to like her as much as I did. Show More Summary

Lambs, Rain, Papers, Lambs, Rain, Papers, Lambs. . .

I’m in the tunnel. You know the one I mean, the one where you are so engrossed, overwhelmed and logistically enclosed by what you are doing that life seems narrow but not small, confined but not constrained. I am full up with my life right now, which I summed up as well as possible in the title: Lambs, Rain, Papers, Lambs, Rain, Papers. Show More Summary

Analyzing the Analysis: Wisdom Panel DNA Tests & Mixed-Breed Dogs

We started a  “Guess the Breed Background” contest this week after sending in a DNA sample of Katie’s dog Leo to the Mars Wisdom Panel lab. Here’s a photo of Leo if you missed it: Over 292 people sent in their guesses, and congratulations...Show More Summary

Guess Leo’s Breed Profile – Win a DVD!

It’s time for a contest! I’m going to be writing a blog on Friday about the results of a Wisdom Panel® (Professional) test that Katie and I had run on her new mystery pup, Leo, adopted from Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha, WI. Show More Summary

Willie Learns Nouns! Maybe…

There’s always a silver lining, and that was true of our endless winter here in Wisconsin. Given the high snow depth and the low temperatures, I couldn’t always get myself out for a long walk every day, and so Willie and I played a lot of games indoors and we both ended up learning something interesting. Show More Summary

Dognition Canine Assessment Tests

Several readers have asked about the new product called “Dognition” that promises (quoting from the website), “You’ll learn your dog’s cognitive style by playing fun, science-based games — an experience that gives you the insight you...Show More Summary

Mounting By Any Other Name…

A long, long time ago I had an intact male Border Collie (my first BC ever, Drift), who appeared to be failing his job as a stud dog. Although his escort, the lovely Tib, could not have been more clear that she was ready to be bred, Drift couldn’t seem to get the job done. Show More Summary

It’s Who You Know: Breed Stereotypes & Handler Appearance

We all know that different breeds of dogs elicit different perceptions about their personalities from the general public: Border Collies are all “smart,” and Golden Retrievers are all “friendly.” These perceptions are sometimes based on facts that are generally true. Show More Summary

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