Learning from the nose

We all know that a dog’s nose is powerful – it is his number one sense  to interpret his world. Dogs can smell up to 100,000 times better than a human – they have 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, versus our measly 6 million. And the part of the dog’s brain that is […]

Hallways, Elevators and Stairwells – Oh My!

How to navigate your apartment building with your dog When I was moving out of Whistler and selecting a place for my dogs and I to live, my options were limited to basement suites or apartments/condos that were ground floor with direct access to the outside world. There was no way I was going to […]

Getting Your Dog Through Grief

This is a special blog post dedicated to those who have recently lost beloved companions. To Liz – I am so sorry you lost your special girl and to Dove – thank you for helping me through Carmac’s death, and I know how hard everyday is for you right now. Studies have shown that for […]

Remarkable Moments

No matter how rotten you may think your dog is – pulling on leash, barking, bouncing, jumping up on people – I guarantee that there are remarkable moments throughout your day with your dog. What are remarkable moments?  Moments of desirable behavior, no matter how brief, that we can mark and reward (aka mark and […]

Hanging With Maxine

Today I went to my local shelter to spend some time with Maxine – a Mastiff/ Shepherd cross that is just over a year old.  Maxine has spent about 2 months at the shelter and is getting bored and frustrated.  I heard she likes to learn, so off I went with clicker, treat pouch, mat […]