Radar in backyard

Two Seizures, Now What?

In mid May, I was leaving on a trip for a week and had a dogsitter come and stay with my dogs. I was departing early in the morning and my dogsitter spent the night to become more acquainted with the dogs. I decided to change the sheets on my bed and have her sleep […]

RadarSittingTopStair

Basic Commands for a Blind Puppy

When we got Radar, he was 5 months old and did not know even basic commands. I struggled to find basic commands for a blind puppy. I could only find commands for dogs that had gone blind, none for dogs that were blind from birth. So I had to figure out what commands to use […]

Yukon bringing his Kong Stix back to me on a leash retrieve.

Leash Anxiety

I have encountered a new anxiety with my latest foster dog, Yukon. Yukon appears to have leash anxiety. Now I have nothing to base this on except observing Yukon’s behavior on and off leash. Leash anxiety is not his only anxiety but I am thinking it may be the biggest one as every extreme reaction […]

Radar finding Kong Stix.

Nosework for Blind Dogs

Radar was born blind so immediately we assumed his nose skills would be excellent – not so. Yes, he could smell something or someone in the room or  area but he could not find the object with his nose. I referred to Radar’s nose as being global but not targeted. He needed nosework; he needed […]

Radar approaching the furniture ring.

Blindscaping the Backyard

Radar happens to be tactile and depends a lot on his paws for finding his way. Although he knows the layout of my house and yard quite well, I use different textures to help reinforce his mind map.  Indoor Textures I have all hardwood and tile floors in my house. This enables me to use […]

Greeting Dogs Properly

Greeting Dogs Properly

I just came across this great poster and article by Dr. Sophia Yin relating proper dog greeting to how a human might greet a stranger. This is a very logical and effective way to think of greeting dogs. Best question to ask yourself “Would I run up and hug a total but cute stranger?” And […]

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