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...]

On The Cusp: Connections Between Special Needs Dogs And Special Needs Kids

Siouxy003

This is one of my favorite photos of Suzy for so many reasons. Looking at her, you have no idea that when she was alive, she was a fear biter and, she was dog aggressive.  She lived on the cusp of what was acceptable/ safe behavior that,  if unchecked, would get her into serious trouble. I knew the triggers that acted like invisible switches that would move her into the red zone.  Figuring this out took some time, but once I realized that her behavior was predictable, I could defuse what … [Read more...]