TLDR? I really, really like this book. Check it out. If you had asked me how you play with dogs around the time that I adopted Nala, I probably would have said something like this: “Oh, you know. You can play fetch (but Nala isn’t a huge fan of fetching). You can play tug, … More Nala Reviews: Dog Sports Skills, Book 3: Play!
Sorry for the radio silence for a little while, everyone. I’ve started a new job recently, had a monstrous head cold, struggled to find time for blogging when Miss Nala is informing me of the dastardly neglect I am inflicting upon her by not rubbing her sweet little head–and this space has languished for it. … More My Friendship With This Dog
Sometimes, things don’t go the way you planned. Inspired by the Muzzle Awareness Week post at Two Blockheads, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about and show you this week: using non-muzzle, easily available household objects to begin this process of desensitizing and counter-conditioning your dog to wear a muzzle. Why Would Nala … More Can’t Touch This: Positive Pet Training Blog Hop
A while ago, a post on one of my favorite blogs motivated me to write more on something I’ve been wanting to write on for a long time–choice, and how offering Nala the opportunity to make choices has increased her confidence and comfort out in the world. In fact, offering Nala choices has caused a lot … More Choice isn’t a reinforcer. So why is the behavior increasing?
A couple of weeks ago, I published a post that was a philosophy and methodology statement and a brag concealed behind a pile of prose about a thorny tree: Nala has a terrific recall, even off of prey, built and proofed with positive reinforcement alone. Nala’s recall is something that I’ve poured hours of thought, training, … More Games to Level Up Your Recall!
Last year, I posted a few times about how badly I wanted to be able to let Nala explore the world off-leash whenever it would be safe and legal for her to do so on a hike. You may remember, though, that I had some reservations about doing so because Nala is environmentally sensitive. We’ve worked very hard … More Still Adventuring
At the beginning of this week, I knew exactly what I wanted to blog about for this month’s positive pet training blog hop. I was going to dash off a cheerful little post about one of my most chronic training foibles–as I’ve said before, I really struggle with raising criteria. Theoretically, I know what to … More Working Through Frustration – Positive Pet Training Blog Hop
Puzzle toys are like books for dogs. They serve a lot of the same purposes–they amuse and entertain, they exercise a dog’s brain and increase her capacity to think, they tire her out, they amuse her when she’s all by herself. When I first adopted Nala, I knew that I wanted puzzle toys to be a … More How Nala Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Kong
This past weekend for Labor Day, the pup, the partner, and I took advantage of some extended time off to take our first ever short road trip together. It was…revealing. Mentally, I tried to prepare myself for the worst. I knew there was a possibility that Nala would be too overstimulated by being in a new place … More What We Learned on our First Road Trip: Positive Pet Training Blog Hop
Last week, I talked about how Nala’s sweetness, smartness, and sensitivity is a blessing and a curse. It’s easy to be glad that she’s so sensitive when Nala is sympathetically cuddling me when I have a migraine. It’s harder when I’m worrying that adding a collar grab to her recall will poison the cue because she’s so … More Sensitive Dogs II: Games for Body Pressure