Monthly Archives: April 2011

Real Dog Training is Cool

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC Real Dog Training is cool.  Don’t get me wrong, some TV trainers are okay.  Victoria Stillwell was a real reward-based trainer before she got her own show, and that convertible of hers is pretty darn cool.  … Continue reading

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Backyard Dogs

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC HOUSTON – This time of year especially, dogs in Texas spend a lot of time outdoors. It’s part of our culture. It’s also true that a lot of our dogs do quite well on their own … Continue reading

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On Leadership and Training

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC I was looking at my dog, Stella, this morning and wondering to myself, does she really want me to be her leader? It was obvious by the look on her face that she was definitely interested … Continue reading

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Na-Ma-Stay

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC The first time I really communicated with my dog was when she was 12 weeks old. We were learning “stay.” I was standing about 5 feet away. She was sitting facing me. Our eyes were locked. … Continue reading

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Getting Jumped

Michael Baugh CPDT-KA, CDBC We teach our dogs to jump on us. I hope that comes as no surprise. Watch how we interact with dogs, especially puppies. They run to new people with boundless excitement and jump up to greet … Continue reading

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For Juno

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC This is not a eulogy or an obituary. She is still alive. Under the desk, just inches away, Juno is sleeping deeply. If I called her she would still sleep. Her hearing’s not the same as … Continue reading

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Calming Shelter Dogs

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC Sometimes the best thing you can do for a shelter dog’s emotional well being is nothing at all. But, please don’t misunderstand. “Nothing” in this case doesn’t mean neglect. If fact, this kind of “doing nothing” … Continue reading

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Lifetime Dogs

Michael Baugh CPDT-KA, CDBC I hear them all the time, stories about that one dog that changed a person’s life. Sometimes the dog is right there. More often than not the dog is already gone, dead, maybe a year, maybe … Continue reading

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Weekends at BARC

Micahel Baugh CPDT-KA, CDBC Animal shelters can be hard places for dogs and for people too. Most of us choose not to go. They are places of heartbreak. We don’t want to see them. The faces tell stories of life … Continue reading

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Dog-less

Michael Baugh CPDT-KA, CDBC I promised myself I’d never buy a dog again and I intend to keep that promise. I wonder if you’ll join me in that commitment. There are lots good reasons that have nothing at all to … Continue reading

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