Don’t Quit at Mile 19 (or 18 in my case)

Don’t Quit at Mile 19 (or 18 in my case)

I didn’t win. This week I attended the Women in the Pet Industry Network’s annual conference, where I was a finalist in the Rising Star category for the Woman of the Year competition. I knew that winning was a long shot, but I was intrigued to check out this group and their conference nonetheless. Maybe […]

Got My Dog Over Sep Anx. Now I Need a Life!

Got My Dog Over Sep Anx. Now I Need a Life!

Dear Diary, I’m feeling blue. Now that Emma the Beagle is all but cured of her separation anxiety, I feel like life has passed me by. I was so focused on helping Ems, that I became out of step with everyone around me. See, our challenge was a little different than what most people face […]

Dog-Dog Reactivity: Emma’s Story

Dog-Dog Reactivity: Emma’s Story

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: My dog used to love to play with other dogs, and then one day she didn’t. A couple of years ago, Emma suddenly became snarky — growling, snarling, snapping, and lunging at other dogs. So hubz and I stopped letting her near them. Because of it, the “problem” […]

Dogs and Dominance: Let’s Change the Conversation

Dogs and Dominance: Let’s Change the Conversation

Unsurprisingly, my post on dominance this week received some backlash. “Are you saying dominance doesn’t exist?” some asked. “We just need to teach people how to use the word properly,” others suggested. Let me set the record straight: I am not saying dominance does not exist. If world-class ethologists such as Marc Bekoff and Alexandra […]

Dominance and Dogs — The Push-ups Challenge

Dominance and Dogs — The Push-ups Challenge

Ready to get into shape for the New Year? Have I got the program for you! Every time you say, hear, read, or write the words “dominance” or “dominant” in regards to a dog, drop and give me five push-ups. I guarantee you’ll have rock-hard biceps, abs, and pecs faster than your dog can eat […]

The Second Rule of Emma

The Second Rule of Emma

Discovering The First Rule of Emma (“When Emma doesn’t feel well she gets scared.”) was huge. But discovering The Second Rule might be the key to solving the Riddle of Emma. The Second Rule of Emma: During training, when Emma takes two steps forward, she will always follow with at least one step back. In the past, […]

How My Cats Taught Me To Speak Dog

How My Cats Taught Me To Speak Dog

My cats are the reason I am devoted to learning all-things dog. I thought I knew Briscoe and Curtiss so well. Before I embarked on adopting them, I read The Everything Cat Book to learn “everything” I needed to know about living with cats. (The word is IN THE TITLE after all!) After that, Hubz and I […]

iSpeakDog: My Next Chapter

iSpeakDog: My Next Chapter

Those who have been following along know that I’ve been plagued by one thought: There is often a disconnect between what many people think their dogs are doing and saying and what is actually happening. And it’s killing me. I’ve had a front-row seat to the world of fearful dogs since adopting Emma the Beagle in […]

Zen and the Art of Feeding my Dog

Zen and the Art of Feeding my Dog

I’m adding a certification to my name: Tracy Krulik, E.M.M.A. It’s two-and-a-half years since Hubz and I adopted Emma the Beagle, and we’ve finally gotten a handle on what to feed her, when to feed her, and how to feed her. I could talk about the myriad food allergy tests, the vet and nutritionist consults, […]

Harness the Love: The Little Beagle Who Pulled

Harness the Love: The Little Beagle Who Pulled

Emma used to be a nightmare to walk with, but not because she pulled. She was never in a hurry. In fact, it was just the opposite: she froze. Sometimes she’d stop moving and stand cowering, making herself look as small as possible, with her tail tucked tightly underneath her. Other times she’d plop herself down on the […]