Think Like Your Dog And Enjoy The Rewards – Join the Conversation

"book-cover of Think Like Your Dog, by Dianna m Young"

Thinking about Think Like Your Dog And Enjoy The Rewards, by Dianna M Young with Robert H Mottram  Before you casually dismiss Think Like Your Dog as old fashioned because the author, Dianna M Young, uses the words "dominant" and "alpha" to describe dogs, consider her more than 30 years of professional experience and accomplishments. Then, remember, as you read, that her training message is one of balance and choice with the end goal " ... to build a relationship with your dog that is … [Read more...]

This year we made a grape vine Christmas wreath

"grapevine Christmas wreath hanging on front door"

 With just five days before Christmas, we finished making the wreath for the front door. Rather than pull out the wreaths we'd used in past years, we went with a more meaningful, closer to home theme. Earlier this month, on a day that felt more like Indian summer, my son and I cut long grape vine branches from the two grape vines in our backyard - vines that my grandfather planted more than 50 years ago, I'm sure. We stored them on the second floor of the garage until this morning when my … [Read more...]

Amazing Fleece Dog Blanket

"female pit bull terrier mixed breed dog wearing lilac colored fleece dog blanket"

Gracie's new fleece dog blanket seems to be the talk of the neighborhood - at least among those hardy souls who are still walking their dogs, despite the cold weather. So, for our neighbors who are asking my son where we got it, here's the link to the online page of For the Western Horseman where we placed our order. We ordered two: Gracie's is an XXLarge and Tessa, our 20 pound Min Pin mixed breed, has a Large. We called the 800 number to make sure that we were measuring correctly. You … [Read more...]

Asperger’s Syndrome Disorder Doesn’t Keep My Son From Talking With Dogs

"aspergers syndrome book cover"

My 27 year old son who is formally diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome Disorder (ASD), has been "talking dog" his whole life. Having Asperger's and being fluent in how dogs communicate are just two of the things that define him. Lately, we've been talking about how being on the autism spectrum affects him at work. And, in what may be an on-going series, we'll be talking about this here at HRD. We don't pretend to have all the answers. We only know what's true for us. One of the true and … [Read more...]

A Young Man And A Dog Forge a Magical Leash Partnership

Happy Dog Tails

It takes two to make that leash-partnership thing work:  the human at one end has to buddy up with a dog at the other end. Together, they are the best and sometimes the worst of each other. Early on, there's a lot of tension between the ends of that leash as they sort out what they have to say to each other, who will take the lead, who will follow. If they begin with honest intentions and a commitment to show up every day, the tension between them starts to lessen until finally, one day, they … [Read more...]