Archive | My Dogs

These are the dogs that have contributed to my learning, understanding and fascination with special needs dogs and how to work with them.

Yukon approaching Missy Trap March 22, 2014

Yukon – Trapped & Anxious

What a story this boy could tell! Yukon (AKA Winter, the name given to him by his rescuer, Greg) was a stray in a rural area north of Minneapolis, MN. The first reported sighting of him was in Sept. 2013. This pup survived one of the coldest, harshest winters in years. Several people in the […]

Stress Yawn while watching people pass

Fearful Dogs – Methods for Dealing with them

When Louie arrived at my house, he would run around the house barking and howling at any noise – not even loud ones. This was an extremely fearful dog and I was at a loss how to deal with him. Here are some of the methods I tried, some of them have worked for Louie […]

RadarSleepingBed

Feb 1-3, 2016 Seizures and Anaplasmosis

The first seizure was at 11:38pm. We were sleeping and I woke up to the seizure. It was not a horrible seizure and lasted less than a minute. His recovery was almost immediate. He went in the bathroom, got a drink of water and then we all went back to sleep. 5:08am, Radar had a […]

Radar, Louie and Yukon playing in front of the "tree bell"

Pesky Poles and Posts for Blind Dogs

Blind dogs are amazing at mapping out their space but no matter how good they are, poles and posts are often a problem. I am not sure why but I suspect because they do not have a very large diameter and so are hard to lose track of in the grand scheme of things. I […]

RadarSittingTopStair

Blindproofing your House

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 […]

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