Emma’s Separation Anxiety Story: Epilogue

Emma’s Separation Anxiety Story: Epilogue

“Tracy Krulik — You cured your dog’s separation anxiety. What are you going to do next?” “I’m going to Disney World!!!!!” It’s true! I really did cure Emma’s separation anxiety, and in a couple of weeks I will be heading to Orlando. I’m actually going down for the Pet Professional Guild’s annual summit, where I […]

Transforming your dog from fearful to fun

Transforming your dog from fearful to fun

On my never-ending journey to help Emma the Beagle not just overcome her fears but also find joy in our human world, I’ve learned how the best dog behaviorists and trainers in the world do it. The tried-and-true method is called “desensitization and counterconditioning,” often referred to as “DSCC.” Most dog trainers and savvy guardians […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shocking Dogs with Electricity Is Not a Game

Shocking Dogs with Electricity Is Not a Game

Garmin has made shocking dogs with electricity as easy as fighting a Pokemon, and I’m outraged. The company announced a new product this week: The Delta Smart activity tracking device, which includes an electric shock feature. With the companion Garmin Canine app, dog guardians can send jolts of electricity to their dogs’ necks with a simple finger […]

Please Don’t Scare Your Puppy

Please Don’t Scare Your Puppy

I can’t fill up my brain fast enough with information about dogz, so I’m constantly reading books or blogs or articles to get my fix. Today I’m reading the book How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication, and I happened along a passage that raised my hackles. (Note: It’s not the first […]

I’m on a Mission to Help the Dogz

I’m on a Mission to Help the Dogz

When I cancelled my book deal in 2013, the last thing I ever wanted to do again was take up a cause through my writing. But here I am. My dream was that a New York agent would fall in love with my book and sell it to a publisher. When it happened I was elated; […]

On Cesar Millan: Does Calm Assertiveness Work?

On Cesar Millan: Does Calm Assertiveness Work?

I’ve been wracking my brain for the last week trying to figure something out. Everything I know about dogs and dog training tells me that Cesar Millan is just plain wrong, and yet, when I recently happened upon his TV show, he magically got these bouncy pups to walk politely next to him. They were […]

Let Sniffing Dogz Sniff

Emma and I have taken up meditation. In fact, as I type this — two hours since our “session” — I can still feel the peace washing over me. The method is so simple and easy that if I weren’t feeling so Zen-calm right now, I’d chastise myself for being a moron: When I take Emma out for her […]