This blog is a tribute to Belle, and all the dogs who have come before and after. They are my friends, my companions, my teachers and my students. They bring me both joy and heartache, laughter and tears. There is nothing as sweet as the smell of puppy breathe, and nothing as sad as the final goodbye.

Monday, May 30, 2022

God Bless America

“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it." 



Wednesday, May 25, 2022

There's No Such Thing as a Bad Dog. Only Bad Owners, Right? Wrong!


Genes create a framework within which the environment acts to shape the behaviors of a dog

 Genetics + Environment = Outcome

"Dogs are the ptoduct of their upbringing, environment and genes" 

Ryan O'Meara, K9 Magazine

Thursday, May 5, 2022

How to greet a dog.

Most dogs don’t like to be pet on their head by strangers. Instead, if you want to say hello and you’ve asked their guardian, say hello verbally and allow the dog to choose if they want to be pet.
If they come closer for a sniff, leave your hand at your side. Allow them to sniff and initiate a  pet, then pet their side behind their shoulders and stop. If they want more, they’ll let you know.
Consent is important for dogs, too.
This is especially important to teach to your kids.
Written by Michele Longueira, Michele's Pet Sitting 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

100% agree with this.


Whether you like it or not, if you have a dog you are training it. The question is are you training it for good or are you training it for bad. Training starts before training starts. How you live with your dog dictates how your dog lives with you. They learn from everything we do, good and bad. They miss nothing. They know us better than we know ourselves. They learn from everything we don't do. Obedience commands don't create a well behaved dog. Raising a dog and teaching along the way does. No parent says they are going outside to train their kids. We just raise them and teach them 24 hours a day and try to provide guidance so eventually our children can make the right decisions on their own. Dogs are no different. Live right with them. They are not children. They are animals and must be respected as such. And they are a precious gift that are not here long enough so enjoy every minute and never take them for granted. - Larry Krohn