Scenario: A pleasant neighborhood on a sunny day, we observe a human and her dog taking a walk together. All of a sudden, the dog strains on leash, barking and lunging. The human tries to calm the dog down to no avail. She keeps looking around and sees nothing that ...read more
Last week I spent a few hours in a veterinary emergency clinic, providing emotional support for a friend whose dog had gashed his throat on a stick. He's fine now, but it could have been much worse. One friend's dog almost died after impaling his chest on a stick. It ...read more
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Communities seeking to enhance community safety, deter dog bites and dog attacks sometimes believe than an “easy fix” is to ban specific breeds. It turns out this strategy never works, according to a new position statement from the American Veterinary Society of ...read more
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As part of my animal consulting business, I have worked with people around the world who have missing animals. For over a decade, I have had a great deal of success in reuniting animals with their families. While no one can guarantee ...read more
We all have our stories to tell.
On that bright September morning thirteen years ago when the world changed before our eyes, our collective experience was etched into our personal histories in the way that only those truly transformative historical occasions can imprint us: Pearl Harbor, JFK, 9/11.
Having moved to ...read more
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Why do so many clients with fearful or reactive dogs, who often have started off so well, lose heart?
The reason is because they just don't fully accept the time and work that changing fear-based or guarding behaviors in particular can take.
Teaching people ...read more
Kota is a nominee for the 2014 American Hero Dog Award, presented by the American Humane Association. A heroic police dog with a wild story to tell, Kota saved the lives of his human partners when they faced a dangerous suspect.
The Big Dig
Our first challenge paired us with Bill & Star. One of our dogs would have to ring a bell and the other one would need to dig through some mulch in order to pull a rope to release their owner in the box below. To prepare for this ...read more
An adoption event in Newnan, GA went horribly wrong last weekend. A pit bull named Clara was stabbed to death in a horrific incident at a PetSmart adoption event.
Clara, an adoptable dog with the Newnan-Coweta Humane Society, slipped out of her collar during the event, and reportedly got into a ...read more