Another vicious diatribe against a dog training franchise


Last year, I happened to notice a dog training company called Sit Means Sit popping up everywhere around town. Out of curiosity, I investigated and learned that they were part of a larger franchise. I read into their methods, viewed videos, and researched the process of becoming a Sit Means Sit franchisee. I found myself enraged and published an, er, … Read More

My Encounter with Sit Means Sit Austin

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Here are some notes from my encounter with Sit Means Sit Austin. These notes are purely subjective and how I remember it. I am attempting to be completely honest about how it went down, and I apologize if anyone else saw it differently. I stormed up to the Sit Means Sit booth and there’s no doubt in my mind I … Read More

9 Steps to a Happy Dog & Family “Cheat Sheet” + new website sections


9 Steps to a Happy Dog & FamilyI’ve posted this new two page “cheat sheet” in which I’ve basically distilled the concepts that I think, when implemented, help avoid/curtail dog behavior problems and maximize the strength of the dog/owner relationship. Additionally, the chart includes several suggestions on how to implement most of the steps. I strongly believe that if you … Read More

Fantastic Suzanne Clothier post: “If Only That Hadn’t Happened, This Dog Would Be Fine”


Wonderful post by Suzanne Clothier, somewhat related to my “Power of Choices and Options” post.Most dogs seem to inherently enjoy exploring and interacting with the stimuli provided by natural environments such as hiking trails. Even dogs who are especially prone to disruptions of “basic functioning” as described by Suzanne seem to enjoy these stimuli. I haven’t decided this for them, … Read More

The Power of Options and Choices for Treating Fearful Dogs


I am not sure what function this post will serve… one of these days I’ll write a more thoughtful, organized article about the topic, but this will be more of a freeform rant with bad grammar and poorly constructed sentences. The video above is of Cafe taken Monday, July 1. Cafe is an Austin Pets Alive! dog currently living with … Read More