Time for another story about how Nala sees the world! One day, when I had had Nala for about five months, I realized–yet again–that despite doing a very good impression of doing so, Nala does not speak English. Five months isn’t very long, and so, unsurprisingly, there were some behaviors that I had declared good … More An Olfactory Cue?
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Last weekend on one of our hikes, Nala gave me cause to wonder: is she a dog, or is she a mountain goat? I’m not sure whether goats like to get their feet wet, but she was leaping in and out of the creek despite having to clear a rock ledge that was nearly taller … More Mountain goat? – Fit Dog Friday
Isn’t her poofy little bustle cute? A bit of a weird walk this morning. It’s Garbage Day, and garbage trucks are still very firmly on Nala’s list of Scary Things. That meant that instead of walking on our usual streets, Nala asked to go further away from the garbage truck and walk down a (somewhat … More Kerfuffle: (almost) Wordless Wednesday
I’m really looking forward to telling you about the various aerobic adventures that Nala and I undertake together every week on Fit Dog Friday. But doing so would make feel dishonest if I didn’t confess something first: I let Nala get pretty fat. When we first adopted Nala, she was a typically skinny, awkward teenage … More Confessional: on going from fat back to fit
Behold a wondrous feat! A long, deep-chested dog holding her “sit pretty” for several seconds! The adorable expression on her face is brought to you by “reverse luring,” a technique I started using to build duration on this behavior largely by accident. I first read about it here. She’s staring hopefully at an open, It’s … More Sitting pretty: (almost) wordless wednesday
What do words mean to your dog? I am willing to bet that you and your dog define several words very differently. Take, for instance, your dog’s name–and many of its variations. When I say, “Nala!” or “Puppy!” or “Puppy-girl [-face, -pie, infinite nonsensical variations],” I am, naturally, thinking of my dog as her individual, … More By any name
Early on in my relationship with Nala, I realized that she has a distinct sense of humor. Whenever Nala is feeling high and happy, all kinds of things cause her to make a certain smiley face that I think looks like a canine version of laughter. I’ve seen her laugh with pleasure over her own antics, … More What makes your dog laugh?
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I’m new to this bloggin thing, obviously, and part of me had been hoping to convince you all, at least for a glorious little while, that I am always thoughtful, observant, respectful, patient, and wise when it comes to training Nala the Wonderful. Spoiler alert: I’m not. Honestly, though, it’s a little bit of a … More First, Deal with Emotions–a tale of a training mistake