Simon Says….Adopt me Please!

Hey everyone, I’d like to introduce you to Simon. Simon’s been staying at LPCHS since early January. His mom was heartbroken to give him up but she wasn’t able to find housing she could afford, that would accept dogs. I brought Simon home over the weekend to evaluate him. Although it’s been a couple of months, he hasn’t really bonded with anyone in the shelter and he hardly makes connections with people when they bring him out….so I wanted a few days to figure him out. What a treat! Simon is one of those awesome, independent, strong, smart dogs who is looking more for a partner than a leader. It took him 24 hours to settle in but once he did he began playing and investigating everything. The washer machine stole his attention for minutes as his head tilted from side to side with the whooshing water. The only time […]

Classes are Back

This week kicks off our spring class schedule: Dog Reactivity Class Thursday’s 5pm Leash Manners Class Saturday’s 3pm Basic Manners Classes Saturday’s at 11am and 1pm All pranaDOGS class are small to provide one-on-one time with the instructor as well as adequate practice time.

Leash Manners Class

How many dogs do you have – Really?

Having more than one dog can be a challenge. For starters it’s tougher to take them to parties the way you used to! But of course, it’s so much more than that. Each dog is an individual, with individual needs, skills, filters and responses.  Each is trying to get through every day without an issue, and ideally with some fun, or one-on-one time with their favorite person – sound familiar?? But we tend to group our dogs as one. Treating the pack as if it’s one unit rather than made up of separate identities. Sometimes this can be beneficial, but often it overlooks the individual needs of the different dogs. If you have a pack of three, you actually have four     Each dog brings something to the table; each dog has different responses and behaviors that may or may not require your attention. But the pack acts differently. […]

Sid…the continuing story

Sid has now been fostering with me since mid-October (through LPCHS) and we’ve made progress….albeit slow and incremental. So often people remark, “I know my dog was abused, he flinches every time I pick up something.” I don’t believe that every dog that flinches has been abused. I know plenty of people that flinch that were never hit or abused. But I do believe we humans are often unpredictable – and that can cause a dog to flinch. Not sure that’s true in Sid’s case. His human traumas seem much deeper than I’ve experienced before. After three months, he’s somewhat comfortable with me. He lets me pet him more and more and actively approaches me when entering the house or hanging out inside, but…. He only shows emotions when running around with dogs, he runs out of the room anytime I move too fast or drop something, he stays clear […]

Are we Actually Training?

I often note in my basic manners classes that what we’re doing is not really training. After all we’re not teaching our dogs to sit, lie down or go one way or another – they do all those behaviors already. We’re just asking for them on-demand. Most people, even the millions that buy purebreds (typically dogs that have been bred to perform a task that no longer exists) want the basic things a dog does, whenever they ask for it. Period, no questions asked. If they ask for a sit, they expect their dog to sit. If they demand a come, they want it immediately. I often have to remind my beginner students that their dog does not need to give them eye contact to have a solid stay. But we want what we want, don’t we? But what about the dogs? So many dogs these days are what I […]

When you should be repeating a command…

I often whistle to call dogs or get their attention. But I’ve noticed I have a quicker return if I do a number of short bursts rather than one long one. If you think about it, it makes sense. When we hear a noise, the first sound just gets our attention. Then the next sound or two is what allows us to hone in on it. Doesn’t it make sense that dogs are similar? The first call you make gets their attention – or at least lets them know they should be listening rather than smelling. Then the second call (or whistle) allows them to hone in on your location. And remember wind can be a huge factor here – anytime it’s windy cut the distance your dog can hear you from in half!


How does your dog call you?

We often talk about how we call our dogs to us – Come! Come on. Let’s go. Over here, etc, but how does your dog call you? How do they get your attention? Get you to focus on them? Or let you know they want some loving? For example, I have three dogs and they all get my attention in different ways. Kele, my Navajo Terrier wags her tail. It’s an amazingly strong tail that can be heard thumping in different rooms. Kele’s tail pounding on the sofa (she’s rarely on the floor) is a signal to me that often elicits an immediate response….I go over and pet her. Asha, my brindle little girl may wag her tail but she’s more of a squisher with her tail so I’d never hear it. Instead, she uses her voice. She yawns, these extended, sometimes sassy yawns, and each one grabs me. It […]