Blog Profile / The Other End of the Leash

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Archived Since:July 25, 2009

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Time to vote!

Meanwhile, back at the office: It was an incredibly hard job to narrow all of the wonderful Wegman-esque photos down to just eight, but we did it. You can see a few below, but check out Trisha’s Facebook  page to see all eight and participate in the fun. Show More Summary

Travelogue II – England and Wales

Ah, our first quiet day after arriving across the pond. We roared around the country last week, and had a somewhat hectic but wonderful time in Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Chipping Camden (a quick night off, just lovely!) and Bristol.Show More Summary

A New Photo Contest!

Hello everyone, this is Katie. Let’s have some fun while Trisha is out of the office! Pull out your training treats – it’s time for a photo contest! We want to see your best William Wegman inspired photo of your dog(s). We’re looking for creativity, but most of all, calm and comfortable dogs. Show More Summary

Travelogue 1: London & First Talk in Milton Keynes

Is there a more wonderful city in the world than London? You know I’m not a city girl, at least I’d never want to  live in one, but I love visiting vibrant cities, and surely London is one of the best.  The only city I can think of that could compete with London is Sydney, Australia. Show More Summary

“The Laugh’s on Me” Story Contest Winners

Did you note the plural, “winners”? So many great stories came in that we struggled to choose a winner. (Such a difficult chore, poor us!) We ended up awarding the prize to two stories, both very different ones, but equally deserving. Show More Summary

USDA Internet Sale Regulations

Mea culpa. Awhile back I hastily posted a Here Here! on Facebook about the new USDA regulations targeting internet sales of dogs. The regulations narrow the definition of “retail pet stores” in order to regulate the sales of animalsShow More Summary

MRIs and Dogs

Did you hear about the study that taught dogs to voluntarily participate in research using MRIs ? The work was done by Gregory Berns, a PhD and physician who studies, in his words, “the neurobiological basis for individual preferences...Show More Summary

Gotta Love that Recall

Last night I went outside to feed the cats and called “NELLIE! NELLIE! POLLY! POLLY!” and both cats came running like circus cats from behind the barn. Later I took the dogs out to potty; Willie wheeled around in a microsecond when I...Show More Summary

What the Dog Knows

I considered calling this blog “I smell dead people,” but decided that the phrase, if searched on google, might add some folks to the conversation we’d rather avoid. However, it is actually a perfect title to a great book, released tomorrow, titled What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs. Show More Summary

Carolina Dogs, “Ancient Dogs,” and Bathroom Behavior

I’ve been intrigued lately by a breed of dog called the Carolina Dog. These dogs have been in the news lately, because a study of the genetics of the domestic dog suggested that several of the American dog breeds (Chihuahua for example) have origins from ancient Asian breeds rather more recent European ones. Show More Summary

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

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