Tag Archives: dog

Rip Overcomes Her Hydro-Phobia

I used to think it was pretty funny to say my dog has hydrophobia. It is, actually, the technical name for Rabies. Rip has a fear of deep water, but she has been vaccinated against rabies. However, I recently found … Continue reading

Posted in dogs, empathy | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A Dog Who Minds; Or, Mind of the Dog

I give my dogs a lot of credit for the evolution of Jasper. A dog who comes when called is a joy to own and is the priority in early training. All my dogs drop what they are doing, no … Continue reading

Posted in dog, empathy, training | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Puppy Training: Name Recognition and Coming When Called

Molly the Goldendoodle puppy has been with me for ten days now. Over the past several days I have been working on teaching her to come when her name is called. Coming when called is a progressive thing, taught over … Continue reading

Posted in clicker training, dog, dogs, empathy, puppy, training | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Timid Puppy Day 4 – Teaching “Roll Over”

“Roll over” is a great confidence builder for shy puppies as puts them in a vulnerable position for a moment — but nothing bad happens — and they recover on their own steam. It is very easy to teach using … Continue reading

Posted in clicker training, dog, empathy, puppy, training, tricks | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bailey’s Boot Camp for Dogs – Timid Puppy – Day 3

The timid puppy is getting less timid all the time, but the confidence- building exercises continue. At times (like at the farm store yesterday) older dogs can come in handy. One thing that builds confidence in puppies, especially the toy … Continue reading

Posted in clicker training, dog, dogs, empathy, puppy, training | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bailey’s Boot Camp for Dogs – Timid Puppy – Day 2

I’ve always said that people with Golden Retrievers don’t know how easy they have it. These dogs train themselves. Poodles are pretty much the same. I would imagine that a cross between the two would be heaven for a behaviorist. … Continue reading

Posted in clicker training, dog, dogs, empathy, puppy, training | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Amanda Portrait – Day 8

I call this, “The Two Golden Orbs.” The picture is from the weeks in 2013 following Dad’s death, when Amanda and I stayed in the motel room that Amanda called, “Our apartment.” Este slept on Amanda’s bed every night and … Continue reading

Posted in abuse, amanda, empathy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Watercolor Week

Watercolors have mass appeal; it seems to me they are the most popular among mediums. I’ve never  been sure exactly why. It might be their unique softness and easily recognizable transparency. Transparency can be an appealing quality, for sure.   … Continue reading

Posted in art, empathy | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pet Star of the Week: Jinx, a Border Collie

Jinx was a fun subject.  A dynamic sport dog active in disc and dock diving, his owner gave me free rein to choose whatever picture I wanted.  It was a bit of difficult choice, because Stephanie’s pictures were excellent quality … Continue reading

Posted in acrylic, art, border collie, dog, dog art, dogs, frisbee, painting, slate, training | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pet Star of the Week – Callus, a German Shepherd

My friend Penny  raised German shepherds for over thirty years.  She bred dogs from traditional German bloodlines; with generations of titles in Schutzhund.  Her dogs were beautiful, athletic and smart.  Penny donated entire litters to Leader Dogs for the Blind, … Continue reading

Posted in acrylic, art, dog, dogs, german shepherd | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment