Blog Profile / The Other End of the Leash

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Blog Post Archive

Canine Behavior and Acoustics in Shelters and Kennels

If I was a dog in a noisy kennel I’d be the one flip spinning in circles, or chewing my mouth bloody on the cage door. I know that sounds a bit dramatic, but I’m afraid it is probably true. I am just one of the individuals who is especially sensitive to noise, and a loud and noisy environment is like hell on earth to me. Show More Summary

The Laugh is on Me: Short Story Contest

I’m sure you’ve never been in a position to feel foolish while training or performing with your dog. What’s that? Perhaps just once, you’ve found yourself red-faced and fighting the flames of humiliation while working with your dog?Show More Summary

Coming to England! Come Say Hi!

I am truly excited about coming to England this November, where I’ll be speaking in Milton Keynes, Newcastle and Bristol for the The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors. I’ll be in Milton Keynes the evening of November 5th (Someone...Show More Summary

Zucchini, and Other Crisis

Well, seriously, an entire army of you begged for the Zucchini Yum recipe. Well, okay, maybe 4 or 5.  I’d already written it out on Facebook, so it’s no work to replicate it here. And really, if you don’t have them, it might not make sense, but at this time of year, Zucchini truly does qualify as a CRISIS. Show More Summary

Serious Dog Fighting: Questions to Ask if Considering “What Next?”

Recently I had a discussion with good friends and colleagues about how to handle difficult cases in which two dogs have engaged in extremely jserious fights in the home. We found ourselves sorting through what factors need to be considered if re-homing is on the table. Show More Summary

Introducing Cats

Bringing home a dog when you have another one at home (or two or three or more)  is one thing, but bringing a cat into a resident cat’s territory is another thing altogether. Besides litter box problems, most of my “cat clients” were about aggression between a resident and an incoming cat. Show More Summary

Who is Going to Win?

An alert Facebook reader sent in this video of two dogs posturing over some kibble scattered on the ground. Oh my, oh my, so much to say about what goes on here, but I’m going to hold my comments until you have had a chance to look at it. Show More Summary

The Animal Behavior Society Meetings 2013

First, a digression: Argh, how embarrassing.  Jim just noticed in that last week’s post I wrote “Next week I’ll write a full report of the talks at the Animal Behavior Society 2013 Meeting in Boulder. I was great, lots to tell you about!” I meant, of course, “It was great”. Show More Summary

Ralphie’s Adventure at Summer Camp

This week, it’s all about the farm: (Next week I’ll write a full report of the talks at the Animal Behavior Society 2013 Meeting in Boulder. I was great, lots to tell you about!) First, although it was lovely to be on Vancouver Island...Show More Summary

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

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