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Love & Lessons from Bea

Love & Lessons from Bea

When I went to pick a puppy that February morning in 2006, there were A LOT of puppies running about going absolutely nuts. It was a large litter. Bea was the only black puppy and was sitting off to the side, sizing things up calmly. I knew immediately that he was the puppy for me. 

It has been an adjustment to life without my Bea, but I know he is off to his next assignment and it is not a goodbye. Rather, I think of it more so as “until we meet again”.

Play it safe: Kids and K9s

Play it safe: Kids and K9s

If we play as if we are a dog, then we can expect to be treated like a dog.

Dogs are wonderful members of our families, but we have to remember that they are a different species. Nature programmed dogs to be able to sniff things out, use their teeth and claws to play, and to chase down prey to eat it. Knowing this, it is a wise decision not to rough house, wrestle or play chase with our dogs.

Play to Train

Play to Train

If you only implement training during your typical sessions or out on walks, you are missing out on a major opportunity to improve reliability and impulse control.