Pawternity leave comes to the U.S.

Pawternity leave comes to the U.S.
Given the sociopolitical reality in which we currently reside here in the United States, you’d be hard-pressed to find any reason to make the case that this country is becoming more civilized. But I think I found one. A Minneapolis company is giving workers a new perk — the option to work from home for a... Read more »

A legal victory for dogs in Springfield

Divorce can be as hard on the four-legged family members involved as it can be on the two-legged ones. Think about it. All of a sudden, one or more of the people who have been around all the time, perhaps even from the time the dog was a puppy, is gone. The dog may have... Read more »

Another dog lover's dating dilemma: Should I bring my dog on a first date?

Some months ago, I went on a first date. By most accounts, it was a normal first date. Drinks and food at some hipstery spot in Logan Square. But this one was a little different. Most of my dates involve me and the other person and that’s about it. This time was a bit different.... Read more »
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Dogs are not disposable and puppies are not presents

There’s a disturbing new trend emerging in Ireland. The Irish Examiner first reported it last week: Adult dogs are being given up to shelters and pounds for no reason other than the fact that they’re full grown. And why is that causing people to give up their dogs? Because we’re coming up on Christmas and... Read more »

Dog training and the importance of switching gears

One of the most important thing a dog trainer can do is plan. Whether it’s a group class or a private lesson, you have to have a plan. Training requires a plan because it builds on itself and having a plan is helpful just to make sure you’re doing certain things in the best or... Read more »

I want a puppy shower

I want a puppy shower
When you get into your 30s, babies become a part of your life, whether you want them to or not. What I mean is that even if you’re an unmarried 32-year-old who is physically incapable of producing children (as I am), your friends, most of whom are likely to be around the same age as... Read more »
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Paid pet bereavement leave should be more common

It is inevitable that if you have pets for any length of time, you’re going to have to deal with the death of a pet. Nobody likes to think about that, but it’s true. If you’ve ever lost a pet, you know how painful it is. You feel like your world is ripped apart and... Read more »

"Debarking" dogs is cruel, inhumane and wrong

Dogs bark. Some bark a little. Some bark a lot. Some bark incessantly. But all of them bark. And incessant barking can become a nuisance. But often, it can be mitigated via training and management. An appeals court in Oregon doesn’t seem to understand this. The court of appeals has upheld a previous ruling that... Read more »

Drones are no substitute for actually walking your dog

Drones are no substitute for actually walking your dog
I’m usually all for things that make it easier to care for your dog. But one new piece of technology just goes too far. Drones Direct — based in Huddersfield, which is in West Yorkshire, England — has modified one of its drone models to walk your dog along a preprogrammed GPS route. According to... Read more »
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I'm back!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s been too long. It’s been almost exactly six months since my last post. That’s way too long. And I’m sorry. I had my reasons for the extended hiatus. Some are good reasons – getting a new job, doing a whole lot more training, working all the time. Some are not good... Read more »