Excellent Patricia McConnell post: “The Plot Thickens: Spay Neuter Effects & the Health of Our Dogs”


I recently scoured scientific literature looking for evidence that spay/neutering is better for dogs in an attempt to convince a client he should get his very large male dog neutered. I couldn’t find any convincing evidence. Yet, it’s pretty much considered sacrilege for responsible dog people to suggest that their may be benefits to keeping a dog intact. In an … Read More

Answer these 3 Questions to Teach Your Dog Any Behavior


I use the 3 Questions approach whenever I need to teach a dog any behavior. I highly recommend learning and making it a habit to ask these 3 questions whenever you want to teach your dog anything. At the bottom of the page, you can download training logs and worksheets to help you practice this approach at home. You can … Read More

Mark Beckoff, PhD discusses video of adult dog burying puppy


Came across this post by Marc Beckoff, PhD where he discusses a video of an adult dog ritually burying a dead puppy. He doesn’t apply any motivation to the action… we don’t know whether the dog even knew the puppy. The interesting thing is the action itself. Read here: “A Dog Funeral: Adult Dog Ritually Buries a Dead Puppy”.  Goes to … Read More

For Whom the Blog Tolls


I’ve tried blogging many times before. I never keep it up. I think what prevents me from blogging is this inner feeling that if it’s not written as well as Hemingway and not expressing unique, novel, mind-blowing ideas, then it’s not worth publishing. And that’s just too much pressure. Week after week I share my perspective on dogs and dog-owner … Read More