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In Tad We Trust

Michael Baugh CPDT-KA, CDBC I get to see Tad again tomorrow, and the anticipation has had me thinking about the brilliant truth of teaching and learning. Given the right set of circumstances, a learner will tend toward making the right … Continue reading

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Keeping Tabs on Tad

Michael Baugh CPDT-KA, CDBC I like to stay in close contact with my clients.  This is especially true for cases which involve bites, or even lunging and barking.  With my newest clients, Tiffany and her dog Tad, I’m using an … Continue reading

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Travels with Dogs

Michael Baugh CPDT-KA, CDBC I’ve set off across the country a few times now.  I gathered up my things, and packed them with my sense of self.  It was always for a job; that’s the way it was working in … Continue reading

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The Time for Truth

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC There are few things more controversial in the dog world than this plain-spoken statement.  You don’t have to use intimidation, pain or fear to train a dog. It is, of course, the truth.  We have century-old … 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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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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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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