Tag Archives: Chico

Do you want to feel better about your dog’s “problems”?

Here’s a nice post from Casey Lomonaco on “the myth of normal dogs.” As the always-training owner of a troubled dog, this resonated with me. Lomomaco asks us to “Carefully review the list of normal dog behaviors* [that she gives].  … Continue reading

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Paul’s Liquors

Last fall I was in Washington, DC, visiting my family, and I went to the liquor store for my dad. Paul’s Liquors is a family run operation on Wisconsin Avenue, almost at the Maryland line and across the street from … Continue reading

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Leash walking update

We’ve been practicing having Chico walk calmly by my side when on the leash. Chico can do just fine when there are no distractions, or if I am “loaded” (having a cookie in hand rather than in the treat bag), … Continue reading

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Leash walking

When Chico and I were in Washington most of our walks were on a leash, in places where there was a TON of new information to be gathered by a canine nose and I realized that my dog is not … Continue reading

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Live at the Lyceum

UPDATE: I learned recently that the following week many of the audience members barked between songs, rather than, or in addition to, applauding. My trend-setting pup!  The innovative Tamworth Lyceum is holding a Sunday afternoon live music series this winter … Continue reading

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A bonus training opportunity

When we were in East Hampton, the weather was especially fine, sunny and in the 50s, so we spent a fair amount of time on K&A’s deck. There were dogs in the neighborhood that started to bark when we came … Continue reading

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On the money

Another place Chico is welcome is my wonderful credit union, Woodlands Credit Union. He’s so well behaved that the tellers often don’t even know he’s there. But the branch manager always does. And she always has a cookie for him. … Continue reading

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“It’s a car, what do you do for a car?”

Chico has learned to associate certain things that he used to be afraid of with treats. In doing that, he has learned to substitute behaviors I want for ones I don’t. Here’s an example. In the beginning, his fear of … Continue reading

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Dog friendly

Chico came into my life as a very reactive dog. Anything that he didn’t understand made him lose his cool and because there were a lot of things he didn’t understand, he lost his cool a lot. One of my … Continue reading

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Walk with a view

Last weekend I had the fun job of tending Julie’s dogs while she went out of town. White Mountain Agility sits on 90 acres, much of it in conservation, at the edge of an even larger piece of protected land. … Continue reading

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