Category: Training

Being a therapy dog and what it takes

For the past few months, Maggie and I have been volunteering with a wonderful program called The Peacock Foundation.  The Peacock Foundation calls itself a ‘new breed of therapy’ – what it is is therapy sessions for at-risk children, with animals involved in the sessions.  Maggie and I can’t say exactly which location we go to because it’s a safe… Read more →

We are all uncool project

Social media is a funny thing.  We are so grateful for all of the friends and connections Maggie and I have made due to social media.  Our circles of friendship and support would be much smaller without social media.  But the internet definitely isn’t our whole or ‘real’ life, and I admit social media can turn even a charmed life… Read more →

Indoor fetch with the iFetch, Maggie, and Rocky

In California, we can reach the mountains in the morning and the waves in the afternoon.  I know, we’re lucky.  But even without that kind of access to adventure, even if the weather is so bad you can’t leave the house, there are so many possibilities for fun activities with your pet.  Maggie and I are putting together some videos… Read more →

Crate training made easy; how to crate train your dog

Crate training for cretins. (just kidding!)… Crate training made easy I crate train all my dogs. I recommend crate training to all my clients and crate-train their dogs as part of my program. Still, I sometimes get pushback against crates. Isn’t it cruel to leave a dog locked in a box? Will my dog be angry at me for crating him?… Read more →

Maggie’s Puppy Bowl

Apparently it’s Super Bowl Sunday. Go team! I’m not a huge football fan, sorry. So Maggie and I will be spending our morning volunteering with some pretty special kids and plan to celebrate the afternoon romping on the beach with Rocky, as we presume most people will be watching TV meaning a private beach session for us! Maggie will be trying… Read more →

Maggie’s holiday pet gift ideas

The holidays are looming closer, and if there’s one thing we all can agree on, it’s that no matter which holidays you celebrate, it’s more fun to buy gifts for dogs than for humans. In case you’re freaking out over exactly what to wrap and put under the tree for the canines in your life, Maggie and I made a… Read more →

Our non-traditional, small-scale, very-much-American Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving usually conjures up visuals of long tables covered with harvest vegetables and a giant turkey, surrounded by family members crowded inside to escape the end-of-autumn cold. But we live in Los Angeles, where our weather averages 78 degrees in November, and my family is anything but big. As you might expect, our Thanksgiving here is definitely not traditional in… Read more →

In-N-Out Burgers Makes a Dogs Day

In our house, we have very strict food rules for both Maggie and I. The only treats Maggie gets are K9 Bro’s  because of their health benefits, few ingredients, and also because Maggie really loves them. When it comes to treats, Maggie is incredibly picky and often turns up her nose. As for human food, I don’t offer it to her,… Read more →

Dogs of Badminton Horse Trials

Yes, I know. It’s the Badminton Horse Trials. But the truth is, dogs outnumber horses on the grounds of Badminton House on the competition weekend. The overarching theme is country, as in United Kingdom countryside, with every shape and form of native breed on display at the end of someone’s leash. Terriers, pointers, setters, spaniels, lurchers (go look it up,… Read more →