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North East MD
"where there are no bad dogs, just dogs that don`t understand what to do."
Interests: rally obedience, family pets, behavioral consults, new puppy consults, board and train, canine good citizen, fearful dogs, fear-related aggression.
Recent Activity
Christmas came early this year, in the form of Marcus, arrived at Rainwood Kennels, Elkton MD all the way from Turkey, via a Virginia foster home. I have found that contacts seem to grow exponentially In the dog training business, and so it was that Marcus came to me: from a contact who knew a contact, who knew a contact. One link in the chain was Pat Miller, with whom I received my excellent foundation in dog training at her Peaceable Paws. Where to even begin: this adolescent dog of possible lab mix heritage is already tugging at my heart... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
Recently, I decided on a whim to contact the reporter writing the weekly On The Job profiles for the Cecil Whig, in Cecil County MD. I figured, why not? One of my philosophies is you don`t get anything if you don`t ask. And all they can say is no. Anyways, it worked out delightfully; Amy contacted me, I believe, the day following my email to her. By coincidence, she had already been cruising my website, but was unsure if I resided in Cecil County. With that clarified, she was good to go, came to Rainwood Kennel for the interview accompanied... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 2, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
In yet another sign of the times, an email received today from Brieann, director of RUFF LIFE RESCUE, relayed news of another home foreclosure, more dogs looking for homes. This dog owner, from Rising Sun MD, is of course devastated that she is being forced to choose, is only able to take one of three dogs to new housing. We all think that we are immune, but the harsh news is ,anyone reading this could suffer the same bad luck. Please read the information from Jaime. If you are anywhere near Cecil County MD and could possible assist in finding... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
Would you like to donate 5,000 pounds of quality pet food to shelters? Wouldn’t we all! Thanks to K9Cuisine, we can. via Read, share, act now. 5,000 pounds of premium dog food will be distributed between two chosen dog shelters, if k9cuisine reaches 5,000 face book fans by October 31st. Kim Clune, in conjunction with her Be The Change for Animals, is spearheading this cause. Take a minute to read, act and make a difference. Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 25, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
New noise phobias can develop in dogs of any age;this happened recently with one of my own dogs. Yes, the Evil Dishwasher Monster was discovered in our midst. Five year old English Lab Talley has an anxious temperament in general, but she began to display some rather bizarre behaviors, running hiding and isolating herself in a favored cave. She spent entire evenings upstairs, wedged into her behind the bed cave. Overall her aspect became increasingly depressed and less playful. Upset with her discomfort we began searching for a behavioral cause. I noticed her looking anxious and vigilant when putting dishes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
This blog is part of an ongoing campaign to educate people about the dangers of using shock collars, in conjunction with NEVER SHOCK A PUPPY. Feel free to share the link and the blog, if you personally know someone who has made the choice to use a shock collar on their puppy or dog. Combined individual efforts will work over time, to help change the choices people make, with education. When greeting a stranger, do certain behaviors not occur, given your social expectations? Thinking of standard professional introductions, eye to eye contact, a smile, a cordial verbal greeting and a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
OCTOBER NEWS AND HAPPENINGS CLASS PAGEGREETINGS TO FRIENDS OF LOOK WHAT I CAN DO! October is an important month for those in rescue;Adopt A Shelter Dog Month My mission is to reach as many pet owners as possible, to help improve the human-canine relationship, with a wide variety of ongoing classes. Training significantly improves the chances of a dog remaining with family, and serves to strengthen the bond between two species. In keeping with this special month, I am beginning classes geared towards those who foster dogs, and would like to do something extra for that dog, to improve chances... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
The only food drive that Talley is interested in, is the "drive" to get hers delivered, and in a hurry. That little English labbie is a true food snarfer, which is why she is fed from a treat toy, usually a tug-a-jug. Inhaling food is not good for digestion! Talley certainly does not suffer from a shortage of food either; recently she has been on a diet to combat middle age spread. Yup, she has snuck 10 pounds on over the last year. Nope, not thyroid involved, we had that tested. You can bet the kibbles have been cut back... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
Hello again! Life events do conspire to prevent blogging. One of those events has been an invitation to blog at Dog Star Daily, and I hope you have had a chance to connect with me there. My intention is to keep posting blogs at this site as well. Getting to the subject matter, I noticed this phrase in a newspaper advertisement: "Breakthrough Antioxidant" Diabetic Drink Hailed a Miracle." My philosophy is simple; if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. The latter can be applied across the board to advertising slogans and catch phrases in any industry.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
Nope, not Friday at all is it? Yes, a bit behind the curve keeping up to my intentions of a new Follow Friends post every week. Life happens! I always did say better late than never. Anyways, I had last made mention of Pat Millers` Peaceable Paws from my Look What I Can Do! face book page, and do wish to back track for a full write up on such a huge influence in my dog training career. For this post though, I am jumping ahead, highlighting the blogs of two friends, both of whom I met on twitter, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
Recently, I have begun to introduce Nose Games into the curriculum of my dog training classes. Why? Well, dogs possess this most amazing organ that we seldom encourage them to employ for daily enrichment. Teaching our dogs how to search for treats and items by scent is truly enriching, and is a behavior that dogs engage in on a daily basis, being, well.....dogs!! When we teach and encourage behaviors dogs innately use, the scenario is win-win. How many Canine jobs can you think of where dogs are employed by virtue of their superior sense of smell? Here are but a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
Although worldwide, the face book and twitter communities offer the possibility of real friendships. Diane Garrod, of face book and Langley Washington, is a fellow dog trainer whom I have come to admire, respect and look to for advice. Always there with an encouraging word and an unfailingly positive outlook, Diane is a professional in her field worth following. As such, I began the Follow Friends Friday Newsflash, to share with anyone who cares to read, those who have made an impact upon me. Well learned and immensely experienced, Diane holds a B.S. in Communication and Journalism, is a Certified... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
Back in the day, dogs could focus on being dogs. Particularly strong are childhood memories of old Tramps` daily jobs: stealth maneuvers around the block to surprise neighboring cats, and the daily ritualistic stare down with Charlie Brown`s (real name I swear) shepherd mix. Reject (real name also) hung out front and laid in wait for the paper boy; that pint sized DNA alphabet soup delighted in going for the pant legs. If they wanted to go and dig somewhere, it was not such a big deal. With the advances of people literally living quite upon people, the lives of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
Never say never! Since becoming fully engaged(indeed addicted) in the world of Facebook and Twitter, the former statement has particular meaning. At one time I scoffed at the mere idea, and used delete function freely and rapidly for all facebook invitations. Flash forward. Now, I find myself writing a new blog, that will be a regular feature, the Follow Friends Friday Newsflash. This will be my way of paying tribute to wonderful friends, those with passion, dedication, and those who have inspired and supported me. Beginning this week with a great twitter friend, I envision alternating weekly between Facebook and... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
Was I ready for Doobie? Not really. As we say in the business, Doobie, a 5 year old American Lab rescued from a puppy mill, was a failed foster. One look at his beaten down by life demeanor was all it took. I knew that first night his journey was over and that he had come home. The apple fell close to the tree; my life long rescuer mother would have been proud of me. Ready for what, you might ask? A dog existing all his sad life in puppy mill purgatory comes equipped with his own special needs. I... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
I bet most people wish they had this much attention from their kids!! As it turns out, Look What Labs (left-right) Talley, Doobie and Bridget are waiting for their cue to exit the house. With a busy life, every opportunity for a bit of training is taken. I love to say in class, that this kind of attention is not an accident, but a direct consequence of reinforcement training. When dogs realize that you, as a benevolent leader, control all the good stuff in life, they tend to pay attention! However, at times, I ponder the benefits of so much... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
With many blogs and tweets this week addressing the subject of dog bites, thought I might as well hop on the bandwagon for National Dog Bite Prevention Week. You might imagine, per the title, a dog processing the environment, deciding just that, to bite or not to bite. Having said that, bites mainly occur when a dog is pushed beyond a level of stress they can not tolerate, and are no longer particularly cognitive. By the time a dog bites, the process is instinctive and occurring in a non-cognitive frame of mind. Consider the following, if you will, from a... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
Why would you do that? Forcibly pin puppies down into submission that is? Thanks to Twitter pal Rod Burket of GO PET FRIENDLY for providing me with a title, commenting on one of my "tweets." Getting back to my question, professionals in the field of dog training lamentably continue to recommend the use of forceful outdated and dangerous methods, that can and do increase reactivity in dogs. In the last week, I have regrettably fielded inquiries from concerned dog owners, whose own puppies were progressively deteriorating with behaviors. The commonality? Professionals had recommended the puppies be pinned down for perceived... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
Random comments can provide focus for a blog; today I find myself writing on the topic of canine play, due to a comment seen on twitter. Certainly I had something in common with this person, who was lamenting over a dog that would not play. When Doobie joined my household in May 2009, this 5 year old lab knew only fear. Play? A totally foreign concept to this frightened creature, whose immediate concerns were how to cope in a new and frightening environment. The latter is really what I wish to communicate, to all those who have rescued dogs. Canines... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
When your own dog is racing constantly up and down the fence-line, nose to nose with the dog next door, hair standing up, barking and growling, do you see a problem, or do you love the fact that Rover is getting some exercise? If the latter resonated with you, I worry about your dog becoming reactive, and quite possibly even aggressive. Unfortunately, I see far too many dogs that traveled the path to reactivity with fence running behavior as a component. As you read, I hope you will understand how fence running contributes to canine reactivity. Certainly there are different... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
Yes, I have learned lots about management of the environment, to make life easier for my noise reactive Lab Doobie. The poor fellow grew up and lived the first four years of his life on a puppy mill, and so, was ill equipped to handle,to him, the horribly aversive noises of the real world. Even a car driving down the street was an ordeal at first. My intent is to give you some management tools with which you can hang on to your sanity while training new behaviors, and to make life easier for your noise reactive dog! In a... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
Many pet owners are unaware of dog body language and fail to recognize situations in which reactive dogs are rehearsing behaviors leading to increased tension and reactivity. A wonderful first step in helping your reactive dog is realizing that a stiff posture accompanied by staring towards a trigger( noisy car, dog, child etc) is a precursor to escalating reactivity. Stress and tension are accumulative, and this cycle needs to be interrupted. Your reactive dog can learn to be more secure and confident by teaching him to focus on you instead of stimuli in the environment. You, in effect, become the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
Dog owners are always on a quest for information on how to contain their dogs, so I hope this blog on vinyl panel fencing will help you reach a decision. Two criteria for myself has been met with this fencing. Effective: so very important for the proud owner of confirmed four-footed escape artist otherwise known as Bridget. If there is a way to get out of the yard, Bridget has done it. Below is the escapist, pictured with some of my sad pathetic and, dare I say, unattractive attempts to "Bridgetize" the yard. Effective fencing is imperative for noise reactive... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
The distraught owners say they don`t care about the significant amounts of money they gave to Wilmington DE fraud James Whitten; they just want their dogs back. Dogs were sold on Craig's List. Dogs ended up with new "owners." Dogs ended up at the SPCA. Dogs were retrieved by owners after 20 hours of travel to southern states. Some dogs have yet to be located. Don`t let this happen to you. Take steps to avoid undergoing the trauma that these families and their pet dogs did. Interestingly enough, the website A Bad Dog No More is no longer appearing on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2010 at Look What I Can Do! Blog
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