Tag Archives: Cricket

Am I a Wimp for Caring About My Dog’s Emotions?

Maybe it’s my upbringing, but I always flinch a little bit at the use of the language of emotions when talking about training. So even though my relationships with my dogs are primary and important, I hesitate to talk about … Continue reading

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Posted in Aggression, Dog body language, Fear, Resource guarding, Stress Signals, Training philosophy | Tagged , | 12 Comments

When Management Succeeds

“Management fails.” Have you heard this saying? Did you understand completely what the person meant? I’m going to explain it in some detail for those who aren’t familiar with the terminology or concept, then tell my own management story. Management … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog training hints, Generalization, Multiple dogs | Tagged , , , , | 23 Comments

She’s Gone

Head’s up: frank talk of euthanasia and some raw language. Cricket died on May 31st and I am not OK with that. Elizabeth Kubler Ross’ stages of grief are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. I guess “nauseated, furious rejection” … Continue reading

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10 Years with Cricket

Happy Gotcha Day! On December 29, 2002, 10 years ago today, I drove 100 miles east to meet Cricket’s foster family from RatBone Rescues at a McDonald’s parking lot. She was the most beautiful little rat terrier I had ever … Continue reading

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Posted in Milestone, Old dogs, Tribute | Tagged , , , | 14 Comments

Dog Faming 2: Their Gifts to Us

Who knew that four photos and five short paragraphs would be my most popular blog post so far? I didn’t start Dog Faming but I hope I have done a little bit to promulgate it. I think its time has … Continue reading

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Dog Faming

Many of you are probably familiar with the trend of “dog shaming.” It consists of taking a photo of your dog next to a sign describing a naughty thing they have done, preferably with evidence of the misdeed. I’m not … Continue reading

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Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

This is a hard post to write, but perhaps not for the reason you would think. My old dog Cricket has Canine Cognitive Dysfunction. This condition is like Alzheimer’s or dementia for dogs. It’s hard to write about not because … Continue reading

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Posted in Canine Cognitive Disfunction, Dementia, Dog illness, Dogs' perceptions, Old dogs | Tagged , , , | 47 Comments