Blog Profile / The Other End of the Leash

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Hunting Wolves with Dogs in Wisconsin

Ignorance can be bliss. But it can also let bad things happen, and it grieves me to say that bad things might happen soon in my home state. In its wisdom, the legislature of the state of Wisconsin signed into law Act 169, which directs that dogs can be used to hunt wolves in our [...]

Willie and Tongue Flicks and What it All Means

As if any of us REALLY knows “what it all means,” right? But thank you for your interesting and thoughtful comments about the previous post’s video of Willie and the “Get Back” signal. They were great. I’ll cut to the chase about my own interpretation. Here’s the data: Willie tongue flicks when I ask him [...]

Video Analysis: What’s Up with Willie?

Here’s an interesting video for you to analyze. Katie and I were taping one of my favorite signals, “Get Back.” I use it in a variety of contexts, and can’t imagine life without it. You can see some of the ways I use the cue on the video below, and I’ll talk more later, if [...]

Barbie & Willie, Mad Dogs and Englishmen

I originally called this post “Barbie’s Not Always a Nice Girl,” but then I thought about what the title would look like on Google and the kind of people who’d click on it. Hmm, not really my “brand,” as they say. I thought though, that you’d be interested in yet another interaction between Barbie, my [...]

Helping a Dog Through a Loss

This is Part II of our case study about helping a dog after a loss (see August 24th blog for Part I). As usual, many of you came up with  insightful and helpful comments. I benefit from your thoughtfulness every day, and I thank you for it. If you are interested in this topic, either [...]

First Case Study – A Grieving Dog

Lots of you liked the idea of doing some case studies, as well as reviewing and discussing photos and videos. I think it’s a great idea, so here goes our first one: Here’s Sleeves on the left, and Patch on the right. I’m sad to report that Patch died just last week and her sister [...]

What’s Happening Here? Here is the Answer!

On Friday I asked you what you thought was going on here, at least as best one could tell from a still photograph. I’m the first to agree it’s hard to say much from one brief moment in time, but it’s a great exercise nonetheless. It helps us all focus our attention and generate hypothesis [...]

A Picture’s Worth a 1,000 Words?

Maybe not a 1,000 in this case, but what words would you put with this photo? What do you think is going on here? I’d love to hear what you all think. I know the dogs, the context and what happened before and after, so after I collect your input I’ll let you in on [...]

Better Together DVD Combo

I promised I’d send this out in a blog when it was ready, so here it is for those of you who’ve been asking for us to do another DVD combo. We put together our two best selling DVDs in a package. Through this Friday the 17th, you can order a PACKAGE of Lost in [...]

Do Other Animals Keep Pets?

A colleague just sent me a link to one of my favorite science and behavior blogs, that of Harold Herzog, the author of  Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think  Straight About Animals. I use his book in my University class, The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal [...]

The Ten-Year Anniversary of OEL

I was recently reminded that my first national book, The Other End of the Leash, was published in June of 2002, ten years ago (thank you Lisa). Wow. Ten years. It feels like a long time, and it feels like the years have flown by. Time is like that. There’s something about big blocks of [...]

Using Positives to Decrease Negatives

Here’s something interesting I learned while working on a talk I’ll be giving at the Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Association of  Behavior Analysis on August 15th in Madison. My talk is “Creating Harmony Between Dogs and Special Needs Children,” and it involves discussing the benefits to the family of having a dog, but also [...]

eBooks Available!

The rock stars at my office (that’s Katie and Lisa and Denise) have made all the books that we publish, from The Puppy Primer to Feisty Fido, available as eBooks. You can learn more about ordering them by going to the website at You can download them onto your Kindle, your Nook, your computer, [...]

Simply Wrong

I don’t know about you, but anytime I hear a dog training product described as “revolutionary,” I get worried. And for good reason. Have you heard about the new “revolutionary way” to walk your dog? It’s called  SimpleLeash, and it is guaranteed to work on “dogs of all sizes and temperaments.” What’s the revolutionary idea? [...]

New Website and Free Shipping!

Happy Dance, Happy Dance! Our new and improved website is up and running. We’re celebrating by offering FREE SHIPPING until the end of the week for books and DVDs. We’ve worked hard to make the product pages clear and complete, so that you’ll have a good sense of what will best fit your needs. We’ve [...]

MeMe Gets Skunked; Kitten Update

Here’s an interesting case for you: A good friend has a lab cross, MeMe, who was badly skunked a few nights ago. This appeared to be a direct hit to the eyes, the poor dog was rolling desperately on the ground, gagging repeatedly and batting at her eyes. MeMe got medical care and appears to [...]

Helping Feral Kittens

  Happy Day! The first kitten just went to her new home. OJ, the little orange and white female, is going to a good friend and yoga coach, Scott Anderson and his wife Collette. They both adore cats and have moved heaven and earth for them if the need arises (think the feline version of [...]

The Cycle of Life: Cats at Redstart Farm

There’s good news, and there’s bad news. But the bad news is good news. Sort of. And the good news, well… it remains to be seen how it will be cataloged when the chapter is completed. I’ll get the first news out of the way now, because its hard for me to write about. Those [...]

Willie & Trisha Back to Work

Some wonderful things to report today. The first is that I had a restful and relaxing vacation. I saw lots of friends, gardened, cooked and got back to working sheep with Willie (more on that soon). I took an entire three weeks off, which felt terribly indulgent, but also desperately necessary. The last two years [...]

Dog Beds: Oh Lucky Dogs!

Ah, who doesn’t love a good bed? Anyone who has traveled knows the value (and rarity) of finding, Three Bears style, just the right bed. It appears that our dogs share the joy of a perfect sleeping place, and I thought it would be a useful discussion to ask all of you what your dogs [...]

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