Monthly Archives: May 2014

Managing Leash Reactivity

How do you react when confronted by an off-leash dog? Rico and Roxy dislike any off-leash dogs. Doesn’t matter how sweet the other person insists their dog is. R&R fully buy into stranger-danger. But a couple of recent encounters with … Continue reading

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National Dog Bite Prevention Week

The American Veterinary Medical Association declared this National Dog Bite Prevention Week. You can also Google “dog bite prevention” and find plenty of excellent resources to teach your children and train your dog. Most dog bites happen in the home … Continue reading

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Compulsion Training for the Weak

“Weak mind, weak fist; strong mind, no need for fist” –Shaolin saying Uh-oh, dog trainers who promote shock and pinch collars, use of punishment, theories of dominance, or any other kind of compulsion training method. I’m not suggesting you’re weak-minded. … Continue reading

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Using Tai Chi to Rotate Away from a Jumping Dog

Roxy jumps up to kiss you as a standard greeting. I correct her, but the “It’s all right” crowd at our recent party made it hard to convince her to accept a consistent, more appropriate alternative. Not everyone likes being … Continue reading

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Keeping Myself Aligned While Walking The Dogs

Shoulders to the left, hips overcompensating to the right, knees resisting a pull to the left, toes gripping the ground in front— lately I’ve felt like a disheveled Rubik’s Cube walking the dogs. Rico suffered a flare-up of spondylosis, making … Continue reading

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