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The Master Teacher - Overprotectiveness Can Be Harmful To Our Dogs

In the cold, predawn darkness, I could barely make out the form of my four-month-old Siberian Husky pup, Tikaani, as he tugged against the ten-foot line that was secured to a nylon climbing belt fastened around my waist. With a low center of gravity built for easily pulling a heavy sled across frozen terrain and a nearly black coat, I was only aware of his presence because of the persistent jolts to my lower spine and the accompanying wheezing and hacking that occurred each time Tikanni threw... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Shock Collar? - The Horror of it All! - The Truths Behind Remote Collar Training for Dogs

Hundreds of years ago, when Christian Humanist and scholar, Desiderius Erasmus penned the phrase “Man’s mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth,” I am sure he wasn’t contemplating the future opinions of dog owners, dog trainers, veterinarians, and all other so-called behavioral experts about the use of “shock” collars for training dogs. Instead, he knew at the time that the truth, with its inherent ability to expose human... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Thursday, October 11, 2018

Willow the Wallflower - Not all dogs want to play

“Willow, come play!” Willow winced as she pressed her hind end as hard as she could against the rusty chainlink fence that surrounded the two-acre dog park. Years ago, she had discovered the fence’s ability to protect that area of her body, while her teeth took care of defending the rest. “Willow, there are nice doggies here today!” Willow could make out her name among the rest of the garbled sounds coming from her owner, but she ignored her while... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Sunday, August 26, 2018

Watchful Walter - Paranoia Exists Among Dogs

The 2 am chiming of the handmade Freiburg Grandfather Clock, whose presence overwhelmed the small dining room where it rested, temporarily drowned out the click, click, click sound of nails being dragged across the hardwood floor as Walter systematically scanned the dark outside world from the vantage point of every window in the house. However, the clanging, four-note melody, which repeated itself three times every hour, failed to distract Walter from his nightly vigilance. So did the constant... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Sunday, June 10, 2018

Samson the Great Protector - Your dog is not always protecting YOU

As Samson watched, the young woman standing a few feet from him kept stealing nervous glances in his direction. With each flick of her eyes, she would simultaneously jerk the leash she was gripping in her left hand to keep the small dog on the other end from getting too close to him. Even though the little dog had succeeded in coming within a few inches of Samson’s muzzle on a few of its lunges, the dog was nothing more than an annoyance to Samson whose eyes remained fixed on the young... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Friday, April 13, 2018

Elsie's Story: Solving a Dog's Fear of Thunderstorms

The ionized air was detected by Elsie several minutes before the arrival of the booming thunder and the brilliant white and blue talons that streaked through the dark recesses of her home in an attempt to snare her. As soon as she sensed the approaching storm, Elsie raced for the hallway closet that had served as her refuge from thunderstorms for the past six years. The 3 am darkness concealed any trace of the closet’s presence, along with the console table that had been positioned by... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Thursday, February 8, 2018

What to Look for in a Dog Daycare

Your dog is part of your family, and you want to make sure he's well cared for. Unfortunately, with today's hustle and bustle, many people's jobs require that they spend long hours away from home, therefore, leaving Fido alone for many hours during the workweek. Daycare can provide a much needed physical outlet for high energy, dog-friendly canines who enjoy social interaction. So, what is dog daycare? Dog daycare is exactly what it sounds like! It is a place where your dog can... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Origin of Dogs: What Matters?

Every year, “new” research claims to uncover the “new” origin of domestic dogs.  Such is the case in a recent article published in Discover magazine, December 2016, which points to genetic studies that place the domestication of dogs in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia or Southeast Asia, and dating their origin between 10,000 and 38,000 years ago. Before that, Scientific American , May 2016, reported that a “35,000-year-old wolf bone... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Sunday, November 13, 2016

How to Avoid Animal Attacks While Running

If you pursue running long enough, whether your runs have an urban backdrop or a mountainous setting, an aggressive dog (domestic wolf) or a wild predator will likely cross your path at some point. Knowing how to lessen your chances of such an encounter is important. Knowing how to survive one is vital. Here are a few tips for both: be aware of your surroundings There is no substitute for awareness when it comes to your personal safety while running. However, take notice of the next... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Monday, September 26, 2016

Why Fear Periods are Good for Dogs

Recently, our five-month-old pup Captain has been displaying fearful behavior, such as growling and ducking behind furniture, when confronted by alien dogs and humans who pass by our home at a distance.  As I have told my clients whose dogs have displayed identical behavior at approximately the same age, I do not worry that this behavior will become permanent. He’s just passing through one of many periods in which life takes on a fearful perspective. Safety is not... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Thursday, October 15, 2015

Establishing Trust When Training Your Dog

Ranger, my seven-year-old, male, Alaskan sled dog, is lying on the frozen ground chewing a stick when Scarlett, a new twelve-week-old female pup, cautiously noses up to him to investigate what he is chewing. Her inquiry is met immediately with a hard, deliberate stare that is accompanied by a low menacing growl. Like an echo from a distant time when all aggression was sparked by competition for survival, Ranger’s growl leaves no doubt as to the outcome if Scarlett fails to heed his... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Why Training Collars are Humane and Effective for Dog Training

There are many stumbling blocks that average dog owners encounter on their way to achieving manageable and peaceful coexistence with their dogs. Limitations in time, money, physical capabilities, and proper knowledge of the dog itself are just a few. Add the latter to the belief that most American’s hold their dogs to near-human standards (this is called anthropomorphism, which is when people infuse a human persona into their dog), and it’s no wonder that manageable and peaceful... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Best Tool for Training Your Dog: Patience

Patience is a virtue long lost to the average American. In an era in which everything we want to know can be gained as quickly as we can type a few letters in a search bar or delivered to us within two days if we are members of Amazon Prime, why do we need it? Today, it’s all about speed: faster Internet, faster checkouts in real stores, faster deliveries from online stores, faster weight loss, faster educations, faster highway speeds. The faster, the better and the list of things... Read More
Posted by Bryan Bailey at Monday, October 5, 2015

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