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Hero Dog Awards 2012

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The 2012, Hero Dog Awards were presented on November 8, 2012, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Los Angeles.  This is always a very inspirational program.

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Here’s a summary from dogtipper.com.

Here’s a three-minute audio clip from the “Dog Appreciation Lessons” CD, in which Michael Hingson describes that fateful day in New York City, on September 11, 2011.

 

Here’s my interview from last year with Michael Hingson, whose dog, Roselle, won the 2011, Hero Dog Award for leading Michael and some other people out of the World Trade Center on September 11,k 2001:

 

 

Thinking About Renting a Dog? Check with Barley, Labrador Retriever and Rent-A-Dog: Podcast

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Can you imagine being a dog with more than one home to go to every week?  Well,  I interviewed Barley, a Labrador Retriever and Rent-A-Dog, to find out what it’s like for him.  Here’s a short sample from Barley.

 

And here’s the full interview:

 

I Am So Attached to this Dog!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

This photo was taken on a recent fishing trip at Lake Arrowhead.  Callie loves to go fishing.  Actually, she loves just about everything at Lake Arrowhead, but she’s really in her element on our boat, cruising from fishing spot to fishing spot, sniffing my bass before I release them back into the lake, and roaming around the boat without her leash.

She’s a terrific fishing buddy.  She obviously loves being on the boat and letting her coat blow in the wind as we cruise around the lake.  She starts to get excited when she sees my fishing rod bend down from the weight of a fish.  She watches attentively while I net a fish and remove the hook.  (I release all the bass I catch.)  And she usually takes a sniff, or a lick, at my catch before I put it back in the lake.

I’ve had a lot of dogs, and, as you know, I wrote a book about Jamie Golden Retriever (“My Doggie Says…: Messages from Jamie”), but I’ve never had a dog that participates as much as Callie.  She’s part of the team, and she knows what she’s supposed to do every step of the way.  When we first get on our boat, Callie is on her leash — so she won’t dive into the lake and do one of her other favorite things — go for a swim.  But once she’s on the boat, the leash comes off.  It was easy to train her to stay inside the boat.  All it took was a couple of corrections when she started to climb up on the bow or the stern.  Now she roams freely on the boat, and she’s obviously proud to have so much freedom.

Some dogs would just be a “bump on a log.”  They might just go along for the ride, but not Callie.  She interacts and participates every step of the way.  She asks for fresh water if her water bowl is low.  She looks for a comfortable place to sit — or lie — sometimes in the sun, sometimes in the shade.  On a hot summer day, she will ask me to put up the bimini top, so she’ll have some shade to lie in.  When we leave one fishing spot for another, she looks for a place to sit beside me.  Sometimes, she’ll wait to climb up on the seat until I move a fishing rod or boat line out of the way.  Always interacting, and always extremely polite.

If you follow this blog, you know  that Callie and I play soccer every day.  Here’s what that looks like.

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This has been an incredible bonding process.  Callie’s focus “comes and goes” during our soccer matches.  So I’ve had to learn how to adapt to, and “manage”, her focus and attention span.  Sometimes, Callie gets off to a hot start and then loses interest.  Sometimes, she has a difficult time getting started.  I’ve learned a few tricks about keeping her interest level up.  If she gets completely distracted (by eating grass, for example) it usually works to “stop” the game (literally, put the ball away) and then “start” it again.

We’ve gone through a couple of periods (a few days, perhaps) when Callie just didn’t seem very interested in playing soccer.  One thing I’ve noticed this summer, though, is that usually after a few days at Lake Arrowhead, she attacks the soccer game with more vigor than ever.  She’ll play for ten minutes without letup, answering my every kick with a “noser” — a “bonk” off her Golden Retriever nose.

As I try to tune into her energy levels, I’ve discovered that her “focus” sometimes reflects mine.  If I’m distracted and thinking about some work issue, Callie seems to lose interest.  If I work hard at staying “in the present” and staying focused on the game, she gets more “into it.”  It’s almost as if she is training me to stay focused and “in the moment.”  Is Callie my Zen-Dog Person Trainer?

My relationship with Callie goes far beyond fishing and soccer.  Callie is the most socially interactive dog I’ve ever been around.  She has several doggie boyfriends in the neighborhood, and, when she sees them coming, she gets very excited — wagging her tail and rushing to say “hello.”  But it’s not every dog; she’s selective.

Callie is the same with people.  If she sees a people friend, she either rushes to say “hi,” or she sits and waits for the person to catch up.   When she’s walking near, or on, the nearby golf course, Callie is always looking for greens keeper Jeff — or his red golf cart.  Jeff is probably Callie’s favorite person outside our family.  Because Callie is so friendly, I have made a lot of new friends — both dog friends and people friends.

One of the most endearing things that Callie does is to sit down beside me and “ask” me to scratch her throat and neck.  This can happen when I’m working in my office, watching TV, or sleeping soundly at 2:00 in the morning.  It doesn’t matter; I’m always glad to accommodate her request.  The message seems to be, “Just checking to make sure everything’s OK.”

This kind of #dogbonding has a spiritual and philosophical side to it.  It sure feels like Callie is helping me grow in a lot of different ways.

Callie Golden Retriever: “You leave my man alone!”

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Callie Golden Retriever (in the foreground of the photo) is the most social dog I’ve ever known.  She has countless doggie and people friends.  But that doesn’t mean she’s friends with everyone.  She’s selective.  And she has a few favorites.  In this photo, she’s visiting with her Lake Arrowhead neighbors, Reilly, Ruckus, and Rowdy.

But yesterday, she did something that just blew me away.  In our home neighborhood, Callie has two special “boyfriends,” Sampson, a yellow Labrador Retriever, and Lucky, a Golden Doodle.  We were walking with Cousin Maggie Golden Retriever (my daughter’s dog), and joy-of-joys, for Callie, along walks her special friend Sampson.  Maggie is very friendly, too, but when Maggie tried to say “hello” to Sampson, Callie pushed herself in between Maggie and Sampson.  She wasn’t going to let Maggie get anywhere near her “man.”  Where’s the camera when I need it?

Don’t dogs do the most amazing things sometimes?

Have you seen dogs act like this before?  If so, please comment.

Paula Brown, Animal Behaviorist and Author of “Fur Shui” on the “My Doggie Says…” Show

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

 

Paula Brown, animal behaviorist, has written a delightful book titled “Fur Shui.”  As you might guess, the book adapts the concepts of Feng Shui to our furry friends.  The book offers many insightful ideas about why our pets choose to be in certain parts of the house, or of a room.  It gave me some wonderful ideas as to why Callie decides to put herself in certain places at certain times. 

One special treasure in the book is a simple map that shows how the spatial relationships and colors in a home, or room, can relate to life attitudes such as “helpful people,” “creativity and children,” “relationship,” and five others.

This is very fun and thoughtful reading.  It can also be a guide to decorating your home or room with colors that enhance the important attitudes.

Here’s Paula on the “My Doggie Says…” show:

 

A Lesson You Can Learn from your Dog

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Here’s one of life’s important lessons that you can learn from your dog:  How to appreciate little things.

This is one of my favorite sound bytes from the “My Doggie Says…” show.  In it, Dean Koontz, the famous author, describes how, at one time in his life, his Golden Retriever, Trixie, helped him see the world in a completely different and wondrous way.  In Dean’s words, Trixie “made the familiar fresh again.”  She helped him see “great beauty in mundane scenes.”  He goes on to say, “Trixie reawakened in me an awareness of the mystery that’s woven into the warp and weft of everything we perceive…”

I really love this clip (2:28).  It’s one of the best examples of the spiritual connection that can exist between a human and a dog.  A great example of a lesson you can learn from a dog.

 

Your Dog’s Energy Level May Mirror Your Own

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Are you aware of your dog’s energy level? Can you sense when it goes up and down? Can you tell when your dog is “full of beans?” Can you tell when your dog is feeling down and drained of energy?

Most of us don’t pay attention to our own ups and downs, much less our dog’s energy changes. “Am I feeling robust and energetic?” Or, “Am I feeling down and lackadaisical?” Many of us go through energy ups and down every day without realizing it.

But dogs may be different. My dog Callie and I play soccer every night or fifteen to twenty minutes, and, because of that, I’ve become pretty tuned in to my dog’s energy levels. Interestingly, this experience has put me more in tune with my own energy fluctuations.

Our daily soccer match always starts with a burst of energy. Callie tracks me down, usually in my office, and gives me a very intense gaze. Her “look” means, “It’s time for our soccer game!”

I start the game by kicking the soft, under-inflated ball almost the length of our backyard. Callie races after the ball and traps is under her tummy. Then I make a shorter and higher kick, and Callie leaps into the air and “bonks” the ball off her nose. We call it a “noser.” It’s like a header but when you’re a golden retriever your nose gets in the way.

Sometimes we do a rapid volley of nosers. I kick the ball back to her as quickly as possible, and she leaps up and “bonks” the ball as hard as she can. This usually gets her really pumped up for a few minutes.

But invariably, sometime during our game, I’ll kick the ball to Callie and she’ll just look at me, as the ball flies over her head and lands on the grass. It’s as if she’s saying, “What was that all about?” She makes no effort whatsoever to go after it. My next few attempts are likely to have the same result. It is as if she doesn’t care about the game any more.

So now I’m wondering, “Is there a way to get the game back on track?” Another thing I wonder is, “Is she mirroring my energy level?” For the next kick, I’ll run to the ball faster and try to project more energy. Sometimes that works. Callie senses my increased enthusiasm and reflects it with an outburst of harder “nosers” and faster chasing after the ball.

Other times Callie ignores my new energy level and the ball flies over her head, and, once again, she looks at me like I’m crazy.

Another trick I’ve tried is to “fake” an end to the game. I kick the ball back to our starting place and put it back on the chair where it sits when we’re not playing. Sometimes Callie tries to play “keep away” so I can’t pick the ball up. She’ll put a paw on the ball, for example, or trap it under her tummy, or position herself between me and the ball.

After the ball has been back on its chair for a few seconds, I pick it up again and ask Callie if she wants to play. Usually by this time, she’s stationed herself in the middle of the yard and she’s giving me that “let’s play soccer” look again.

So, starting over, I kick the ball toward her and she goes scampering after it. Usually this works, and it re-energizes her, at least for a few minutes.

Sometimes I think this interaction is just about a dog’s energy level and enthusiasm for the game. At other times, it seems like she’s reflecting my energy — or lack of energy. It probably also has something to do with focus and concentration — both of which, I believe are closely related to energy expression.

This energy interaction has been fascinating to follow. I’ve learned a lot about Callie’s energy levels as well as my own. There have been times when I was certain Callie was simply mirroring my energy — that her lack of enthusiasm probably reflected the fact that I was distracted or thinking about something else. In these situations, I am able to regain the energy of the game by getting more enthusiastic and putting more into it myself.

Sometimes I think that Callie’s enthusiasm has helped to spark my enthusiasm to a higher level which has led to some really fun “noser” volleys.

Any way you look at it, this “energy exchange” has enriched my relationship with Callie. I understand her a little better — and probably myself, as well.

Try paying attention to your dog’s energy patterns!

Dog Behavior: “Your Dog is Your Mirror,” by Kevin Behan — on the “My Doggie Says…” Show

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Kevin Behan is a long-time dog behavior expert.  On the “My Doggie Says…” show, he talked about his noe book: “Your Dog is Your Mirror.”

Kevin Behan on the “My Doggie Says…” Show:

 

Kevin Behan, dog behavior expert,  grew up on his parent’s farm in rural Connecticut immersed in a landscape of natural beauty and surrounded by dogs. Kevin’s father, John Behan, founded Canine College, trained dogs in the Canine Corps in WWII and was the first in America to train protection dogs for hospitals, police units, and even retail stores such as Macy’s. Kevin worked in his father’s kennel where he encountered every possible type of dog exhibiting every type of behavior. Consequently, Kevin grew up without judgment about dog behavior, even aggression, as everything dogs did was taken as a matter of course.

Kevin trained his first dog, a poodle named Onyx, at age ten. As Kevin matured, so did his ideas about his experiences and the behaviors he witnessed. By carefully watching the workings of nature, Kevin began to see that what made the modern dog adaptable and trainable was not the dominance hierarchy, as taught to him by his father, but the dog’s ability to work as a cooperative group member in the hunt. Influenced by European police dog trainers and a German shepherding sage named Mannel, Kevin’s theories and techniques came together in the 1980′s as Natural Dog Training. Kevin then started his own kennel, Canine Arts, in Brookfield, Connecticut and published his first book, Natural Dog Training in 1992. Using techniques totally unique, Kevin has trained hundreds of police, protection, and border control dogs, as well as thousands of America’s pets. He has become the nation’s foremost expert on the rehabilitation of aggressive and problem dogs, which is now where he concentrates most of his work. A seasoned lecturer and seminar host, Kevin’s presentations go well beyond the training of dogs and into the very core of canine behavior. He has pioneered the Natural Dog Training movement with his articles and theories on energy, the linkage between dogs and emotion, prey vs. predator model, as well as instrumental training techniques like pushing and eye contact.

Kevin now lives with his family on their 60-acre farm in beautiful Southern Vermont. His second book, Your Dog is Your Mirror: The Emotional Capacity of Our Dogs and Ourselves is now available in bookstores and online. He also actively participates in readers’ comments and conversations on the NDT site. Follow the Discussions here.

Learn more about Kevin’s work by clicking here.

Loving and Losing a Pet: Conversation with Barbara Abercrombie

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Barbara Abercrombie is the author of “Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals they have Loved and Lost.”

Hear Barbara talk about her experience in bonding with a pet and the process of grieving upon the loss of a pet.

 

Are Facial Expressions Part of Dog Talk? They Are For Callie Golden Retriever

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

To us humans, anyway, dogs don’t seem to have as much expression in their faces as people do.  Who knows what other dogs think?  I imagine that, to dogs, “all humans look alike,” while, amongst themselves, there is a lot of nuanced facial conversation.

But Callie Golden Retriever does have a few very noticeable facial expressions.  Everyone knows the famous “smile” of a Golden Retriever.  But Callie has some facial expressions — a kind of dog talk — that are almost the opposite of a Golden Retriever smile.

Two of them are part of her daily ritual of cajoling me to play soccer with her.

First she twists her muzzle into a pretzel, which always means, “Can we please go out and play soccer?”

Callie Golden Retriever Loves to Play Soccer

Once outside, Callie looks me in the eye and says — with her facial expression — “OK, Fred, let’s get the game started!”

Callie Golden Retriever Waits for the First Soccerr Kick

We all know dogs love to play games.  Use them as an opportunity to learn more about your “best friend.”  The messages are there; you just have to pay attention!