When I meet someone new and say that I'm a dog trainer, the first question I usually get is, "Can you train my husband?" My reply is always, "Yep!"
With time, patience, and the right tools and resources, every dog will eventually settle in. And there are few things as gratifying as knowing you are providing a bright future to a dog with a dark past.
You now have stretch marks, bags under your eyes and have become immune to caffeine from overuse. Being able to use your child as scapegoat when you forget to get someone a present is one of the few benefits of motherhood. Enjoy it.
A little pet therapy seems appropriate after yesterday's toxin-laden post... Do you like dogs, yet don't have the time or space to care for one of yo...
Now I'm at five days of ignoring him. Our walks aren't perfect but they have gotten better. Time can only tell. The only thing I am looking forward to now, is that bonding sensation so many people have told me about.
When you love intensely you also leave yourself open to great pain. Now all my son can feel is the hurt. One day he will feel love again. I promise.
While dogs are commonly adored as pets and lovable companions, they are also capable of becoming highly skilled at a variety of jobs that help humans in countless ways, some very surprising. Here are a few examples.
Those of you privileged to love and be loved by an innocent, playful, soulful animal, I know you hear me through my torrent of tears.
People often wonder aloud why other people choose to get up on stage at karaoke, or perform in front of other people in a play or give a speech at a fundraiser, and it's always difficult for me to see why it's so hard for them to understand.
After 7 months of putting up with his biting, pulling, growling, jumping, leash-biting habits, this was the first time that pup really felt like the family pet. He was just wonderful. A real pleasure!
Whenever I come home from a long day at school, I am immediately greeted by my teddy bear of a dog, who is named Louie.
I am not claiming that owning a dog will teach your child something noble, like responsibility, although perhaps it will. But, for those of us who are prone to observe the fleeting nature of our lives, owning a dog places you firmly in the present. Call it "dog time."
Fred and I have spent almost every day together since he was weaned by his mother. At the Lundgren home, we are known as "Big Fred" and "Little Fred," but we both come to attention whenever my wife calls our name.
Evolving from wild animals to working partners to actual members of families, our canine companions are now the focus of studies centered on pet ownership, evolutionary theory and cognitive science.
Think it's hard to get your kid into pre-school in New York? Now you can worry about getting your dog accepted at the Ruff Club in the East Village. ...
The lack of resources in poor communities is easily ignored, yet like other issues facing low-income communities, overlooking the impact of pet overpopulation has social, ethical and financial implications.