When Choice Isn’t An Option

I talk about giving dogs choices a lot. In fact, I think offering more choice to our dogs is something often overlooked and extremely important. Choice is anxiety’s greatest enemy, and control over one’s own outcomes is a hardwired primary reinforcer. The...
The Power of YES

The Power of YES

I pulled into the parking lot for my weekly competitive obedience class. I went around to the back of my car, opened it up, and saw my dog settle further into the back of his crate. I knew he didn’t want to go in. I reached for him, snapped on his leash, and he...
Happy Crating

Happy Crating

The first night Idgie came home she screamed. She didn’t whine or fuss she full-on banshee-screamed. For eight hours. She didn’t stop. My colleagues told me I had to wait her out. I had to be careful not to let her out of the crate if she was screaming. So...
The Deep Dark

The Deep Dark

I’m not sure I am sharing this with the world. There. That sentence allows me to write it. Here we go. Depression is an old friend of mine. Why “friend” and not enemy? I know it too well; I am not one to keep my enemies close. Why...