No Love For Skinner

Quick….. Word association: Pavlov= Bell. Saliva. Conditioning. Reactions. Skinner= ________…….. (sounds of crickets)………. Yeah, that’s what most people do too. B. F. Skinner. Figured out the other conditioning. Not the “ring a bell- make you salivate” of Classical Conditioning fame. But the WAY less understood “Operant Conditioning”. Obviously, you can read the links and research this stuff, but I’ll try …

Winter Dog Sports

I was born and raised in Louisiana. So, I find very few redeeming qualities about snow, and winter. My kicksled is my attempt at the whole lemons/lemonade thing. Running a sled with dogs is damn near the only thing that gets me through winter! Here’s some inspiration I was looking at to get me through this grey, grey Maine morning. …

For All The Shy Dogs (& Their People)

The dogs that get the most press are the aggressive ones. I must admit when we started this thing, I assumed most of our client base would be dogs that couldn’t be left with other services. What I hadn’t planned for, was the dogs who were just so scared, their people wouldn’t leave them with others. To be honest, we’ve …

Ball Crazy

We have a dog that looks about like this.

Vet’s Sing The Praises Of Exercise!

Vetinfo.com has published an article pronouncing the benefits of exercise for your dog. It’s definitely worth a read. As always, we’re here to help you give your “difficult” dog the workouts, and experiences they need.  This excerpt is taken from the article “The Benefits Of Dog Exercise”. Check it out. Minimize Unwanted Dog Behavior Dogs like to chew and dig. …

Hurricane Stop Our Workouts? No Way!

We’re like the US Mail. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor blah, blah….. The photos aren’t great but this is how we handled hurricane Sandy. Lead dogs! Caboose! There is a trail under all that debris BTW. All jokes aside, storm aftermath is a serious thing. Our tip for the day is: Don’t just assume fences survived! If you rely on …

Endurance Pulling Sports

The ones that we take part in are: Bikejoring Scootering Kicksledding We talked about Canicross in another post, because you have to run to keep up. But, basically, all these are, is attaching your dog to a typically “human” powered vehicle, and holding on! Ok, there’s more to it than that. The commands needed to take part in these are …

Weight Pull: Macho Dogsport, Or Awesome Exercise Therapy?

Weight Pull: Tell you the truth, I’ve had mixed feelings about weight pull for a long time. Until recently. When I was a kid, weight pulls were basically just legal venues for all the guys that fought dogs to gather publicly and check out everyone’s competition. Kind of a meathead gathering of guys living vicariously through their dogs. I was …

Trust Obstacles

We’ve called it all kinds of names. Canine Parkour. Urban Agility. Doggy Obstacle courses. But honestly, when we’re talking amongst ourselves we call them trust obstacles. Cause that’s what they are. Your dog develops confidence with environmental stuff, and confidence in you. It’s a huge relationship builder. Now with all exercise therapies, the depth of the work depends on how …