The CANINE CHRONICLES: Mozart

Hello! My name is Mozart. Actually, Mozart is not my real name, but my alias. You might ask why a dog would need an alias. I must admit that I have been a naughty boy and want to keep my identity on the down-low. I want to protect the innocent, especially my mom & dad, who I love with all my big doggy heart.

I am a major fan of my bro, Beethoven. I hear comments about his movies all the time. Strangers even call me Beethoven. The main reason is pretty darn obvious. But alas, I am no Beethoven. He was a hero in the films, just like Lassie. No, I am a trouble-maker. I am more like his naughty yet complex brother. I chose my alias to be similar to Beethoven, but the naughty version. From what I hear about the genius human called Mozart, he had boundless energy and did not always follow the rules. Yet he turned out to be brilliant. That sounds just like me! Or … what I really want to be. Continue reading

The DOG’S PERSPECTIVE – Kindle Countdown Begins

Will you be getting a puppy for Christmas? Did you get a puppy last Christmas? Do your puppies need training but you have no clue how to train a dog? Do you need help right now? Or yesterday?

You are probably a busy person who does not have time to read all the books and websites on dog training to figure out how to go about this very important part of your dog’s life – training. Would you appreciate if someone or something would explain or summarize your options for getting basic dog training? Do you want want training to be fun so that it is a daily pleasure, not a dreaded chore? Do you want to make an educated decision about how to train your own doggies? Continue reading

What is The Dog’s Perspective?

The Dog’s Perspective

The Dog’s Perspective is a dog training philosophy that is both dog-friendly and human-friendly. All training techniques are not only humane, but more importantly “dogmane”. This training philosophy is a canine-version of Positive Discipline, a popular parenting model for human children. Positive Discipline incorporates all four quadrants in operant conditioning to better parent and educate children. Likewise, the Dog’s Perspective utilizes all four quadrants of operant conditioning in a similar way to raise and train dogs. Continue reading

Positive Discipline Dog Training

The Dog’s Perspective

If you have human children, you probably have heard of Positive Discipline. If you have doggy fur-babies, you most likely have heard of Positive Training. While the Human’s Perspective advocates positive training methods, the Dog’s Perspective advocates and applies positive discipline to dog training. The obvious question is – are these training approaches the same or different? Although the names, positive discipline and positive training, are very similar and based on the same learning theory with the ultimate goal of training dogs, their approaches to training and success rates are quite different. Continue reading

High Costs of Cheap Dog Food

The Dog Food Dilemma

A recent article offered advice on how to prioritize spending on Fido when money is tight, discussing what should you splurge on and what to hold back on in lean times. The choices espoused in this article are frustrating and the reason why over 50% of Americans and their trusty canine companions are unhealthy, overweight and/or obese. To cut costs, the article recommends feeding “cheap dog food” in lieu more expensive specialty pet foods. This advice is contrary to current research and logic. Although many of us need to budget our expenses, we also must be mindful of the ultimate outcomes of our choices. Continue reading

Keep Hot Dogs Cool in Summer

Puppy Dog Training Asheville - DannyHot Time in the Summertime

Summer is just around the corner. However, WNC temperatures have already climbed into the 80’s in early spring. In warmer months, we are able switch to lighter clothes so we won’t swelter wearing woolen sweaters and slacks. Although some of us may find it inconvenient to switch our wardrobes from winter to summer clothes, at least we have that option. Unfortunately, other than possibly shedding an undercoat, dogs are always clothed in a fur coat. So what can we do the help our dogs stay safe and healthy in warm temperatures? Continue reading

Dog Food & Water

The Dog’s Perspective: Food and Water

Food, Water and Shelter are vital necessities for the long-term health and survival of every living being, including humans and dogs. Discussion of the fundamental importance of shelter and its ultimate affect on your dog’s behavior is at The Dog’s Perspective: Inside or Outside Dogs. Here we address the importance of food and water, the elixir of life and the sustenance that provides nourishment to keep living beings alive. Continue reading

Inside or Outside Dogs

The Dog’s Perspective: Inside or Outside Dogs

The primary needs of every living being – including humans and dogs – are Food, Water and Shelter. These are vital for long-term health and survival. Before getting a dog, the first question that needs to be addressed is where your dog will reside? Will your dog be an inside dog or an outside dog? There are short-term and long-term advantages and disadvantages to both scenarios. Of course, where your dog resides should best suit your individual needs. Nevertheless, please consider all the possibilities and their ultimate outcomes before making this crucial decision of where your dog will live. Keep in mind that a little extra effort in the front end, during the initial year with your dog, will reap a lifetime of invaluable benefits. Continue reading