Dog Training Shorts: Tone of Voice

"head shot of female pit bull terrier"

  "She really likes when you talk to her," said the behaviorist as she waltzed Gracie around the empty training room. Gracie pranced with one ear cocked, listening to the happy tone in J's voice. And, I could see it -- the connection wasn't the clicker or the treat; the connection was the relationship between the two of them that found its expression in J's tone of voice. "You need to tell her to sit with more authority," said the man who'd come to class with his wife.  "Sit." His voice … [Read more...]

Off My Blog I’m Really Pissed

"One happy American Staffordshire Terrier miexed breed pup"

Lately, there's a whole lot more going on off my blog than on it so that, showing up here has been painful. Painful in the sense that I'm grasping to find words to keep up with my ideas,  pushing away words that connect to what I really want to blog about. But because these words don't fit my niche, would be bitchy and unkind, even though they would relieve a lot of my pent up emotions and help me get clear on a few things:  I'm trying to hold off. I realize that this is a bit cryptic. … [Read more...]

Clicker Training And Aspergers Dance Awkwardly Together

Happy Dog Tails

Learning to clicker train my son's new dog opened the door into what he goes through every day because he has Asperger's Syndrome Disorder.  The newer part of the shelter is two-stories high with offices upstairs and a football size first floor dedicated to training classes, all of which are listed on the animal shelter's web site. We are registered for "Basic Manners," which meets every Tuesday night at 7PM for six weeks. That first night, per instructions, we leave Gracie at home, arrive … [Read more...]

“You just don’t have time for this dog…”

Happy Dog Tails

You said you did but now you know that you just don't have time for this dog. That cute 8 week old yellow lab puppy is now two years old, overly friendly with people, plays well other dogs and craves exercise. You've just accepted a teaching job on the other side of the city and your wife, who also works fulltime, is seven months pregnant. You know what's coming: with both you and your wife already stretched thin, once the baby's born, there will be even less time for this … [Read more...]

Loose Leash Walking In The Front Garden With Gracie.

"miss Kim lilac bush blooms"

Loose leash walking is easier said than done with a new dog, especially one, like Gracie, our American Staffordshire Terrier (mixed breed?), who loves to pull because there's so much to see and do and sniff. What she really wants to do is play with the dogs that she sees out walking with their owners in our Norman Rockwell - looking neighborhood.  We know that Gracie likes dogs but my neighbors, who haven't met her yet, look at her and see the stereotype pit bull dog that they "know" isn't dog … [Read more...]