Posts filed under: Education and Advocacy

by Jean Donaldson If dogs could march on Washington, what would they march about?  Adequate food, shelter, veterinary care?  Big ticket stuff, but I doubt it.  When people march, it’s never for something everybody already agrees on and for which...
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by Emily Douglas All learning complicates our thinking in some way. Which is why learning is a process, not a product. Learning means stopping to consider things we’ve always taken for granted. It means examining the unexamined. It means asking...
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Every animal is as invested in their lives as you are in yours. Expecting anyone to relinquish their hopes, dreams or preferences just because you want them to seems a bit self-centered. That we have created animals who have to...
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Words matter. They are of particular importance when we use them to ascribe meaning to certain events. In the case of dogs, the words we use to ascribe meaning to their behavior can give us a clearer picture of their...
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According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of empathy is as follows: “the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions : the ability to share someone else’s feelings.” When Paul and I first met Hazel, the feeling we...
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Have you ever been asked a question that stuck with you for weeks, maybe even months, after? A question that seeped deep into your brain, and seemed to marinate there, imbuing all of your thoughts going forward with its profundity?...
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Earlier this year, when my dog Brando died and the crematorium called for information to put on his certificate, I told them what I had learned from a DNA test conducted relatively late in life: he was Bullmastiff/hound mix, not...
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It’s a term that we dog trainers throw around quite a bit, but what, exactly, does it mean to YPBY? There’s quite a spread among reward-based trainers – from the capture-click diehards to the lure-reward faithful. Philosophy in dog training...
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Fostering a dog can be such a rewarding experience. Being a foster parent allows you to be an integral part in a rescued dog’s journey to a forever home. Being a successful foster parent entails equal parts patience, consistency, understanding...
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