Loving Dogz, Killing Deerz

Loving Dogz, Killing Deerz

I never understood how deeply animals could feel emotions until I met Emma the Beagle. And part of me wishes I could go back to living in a blissful world of ignorance. Earlier this week I received news from our homeowners association that the beautiful deer who graze in the fields behind our home have […]

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 […]

Is My Dog Afraid or In Pain or Both?

Is My Dog Afraid or In Pain or Both?

I forgot the Number One Rule of Emma: When Emma doesn’t feel well, she gets scared. More than two years ago, when we brought our girl home from the shelter, Emma was a mess — physically, emotionally, and stink-ally (Oh did she stink!!!!). It took us months and months to even begin to sort out her physical […]

What Will You Do if My Dog Misbehaves?

What Will You Do if My Dog Misbehaves?

Repeat after me: “What will you do if my dog misbehaves?” If my dog jumps up on people, what exactly will you do to stop him? If my dog barks, what will you have me do to quiet her? If my dog pulls on his leash, what exactly will you do to teach him to walk politely? […]

A Day in the Life of a Fearful Dog

Last week Emma the Beagle became afraid to walk on our wood floors. We don’t know why. Maybe she slipped, maybe she just took a bad step, maybe someone clicked open a pen at the same moment Emma stepped on the floor. The reason doesn’t really matter. What does matter is the fact that because […]

Take the Pledge to Pull No More

Take the Pledge to Pull No More

Emma and I have a confession to make: We’ve been pulling on her leash. I know! I know! The Beagle and I are such hypocrites. We preach force-free training, but then we do this. I have felt horribly guilty about it, but I didn’t know what else to do. When a deer ran by, she […]

Separation Anxiety Update– My Beagle Iz Smart

Separation Anxiety Update– My Beagle Iz Smart

Emma the Beagle Separation Anxiety Update: Things were looking bleak again for the past couple of weeks. We were back to Emma running to the mudroom, pacing, whining, and barking as soon as we pulled out of the garage. Forget 40 minute absences. She couldn’t even handle 40 seconds. Thankfully, I continue to enter the details […]

This Dog Parent Barks Back

This Dog Parent Barks Back

According to the Huffington Post, the fifth most annoying thing people without kids say to people with kids is: “I know exactly what you mean. I have a puppy.” Well. The number one most annoying thing I have read so far this year is… see above. Um, Huffington Post. Have you met Emma the Beagle? It’s […]

Enriching the lives of dogz

What goes through the minds of the millions of dogz living in shelters across the world? Are they scared? Confused? Overwhelmed? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, after attending a recent Academy webinar on ways to enrich the lives of shelter dogs. When Hubz and I hunted for a pup to join our family two […]