Category Archives: Human-Canine Bond

Helping a Fearful Dog

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC (from All Things Dog blog) Dear Michael: My wife and I have a very sweet, intelligent, food-loving, 2 year old female Rough Collie.  She is great on a leash, eager to please, and generally very good in … Continue reading

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Children and Dogs

Guest Blogger, Curtiss Lanham CPDT-KA Children and dogs: what a beautiful image that our minds immediately race to. The ‘Timmy and Lassie’ portrait is quickly conjured up…and they lived happily ever after. Not so fast… The interesting thing is that … Continue reading

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Swim Stella, Swim!

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC “This dog can’t swim.”  That’s what I thought as I watched her struggle, bob and tip in the pond.  I was about to jump in the murky water myself when I saw Stella briefly roll onto … Continue reading

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Stella at Two

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC There was a night I feared she would not survive.  She was twitching incessantly and crying inconsolably.  We knew her disease was often fatal, but she had to survive.  We’d only had her a few weeks, … Continue reading

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Helping a Dog Meet Baby

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC Dear Michael: My daughter has a 4 month old baby. Since his birth, my tiny dog has been nothing short of a nightmare around him. He wants to get close and lick him and play with him. … Continue reading

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Training Your Adopted Dog

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC HOUSTON – Training a dog from a shelter or rescue group isn’t all that different than training any other dog. What might be different is the individual dog’s learning history and life experience. Keep in mind, … Continue reading

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Meditation on Dogs

They growl a bit of trash talk and move swiftly side to side. White teeth blur, mouths agape. Furred bodies parry and stop. Breathe. With a start again, little one leaps. Lanky one follows onto the bed, sheets and pillow … Continue reading

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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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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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