Asheville, NC is a bastion of alternative practices and ideas. To add to this vibrant alternative community, a local veterinarian and a biologist/dog trainer are joining forces to present Healing & Heeling the Dog Within, a series of educational talks on a favorite topic of many – DOGS! Continue reading
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
Many dogs LOVE to swim. Often, it comes naturally to them. If your dogs love to swim …. or you want to see if your dog likes swimming ….. next weekend is for you! Continue reading
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
Hot 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
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
Have you ever wanted to take your dog swimming, but just did not know where to go? Do you think your dog would like to swim and may even be a natural water dog? This Saturday, let your dog take the plunge and become that water dog he/she has always dreamed. Lucky Dog Training Asheville will be on hand to demonstrate diving and swimming skills and answer any questions you may have. Continue reading
Spectrum of Dog Training Philosophies
The multitude of dog training styles can be divided into 2 general training camps or philosophies that are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum. On one end is the “positive reinforcement” or “reward-based” training camp. On the other end are the trainers who use “confrontational methods” like “negative reinforcement” or “positive punishment” training. Unfortunately, using these charged terms immediately sets up a bias that “positive” is good, “negative” is bad and “punishment” is cruel. No one wants to be considered bad or punishing their dogs, so many novice trainers will gravitate to the “positive” end of the spectrum without much understanding that “positive” does not necessarily mean better. Also, the confusion with “positive discipline” for raising children feeds into the idea that dogs also need similar positive discipline. Continue reading
Welcome to Lucky Dog Training LLC‘s Dog Blog. The goal of this blog is multifaceted. First, we will share latest and greatest information about dogs, including (but not limited to) training, behavior, nutrition, health, etc. Publications pertaining to our faithful companions are popular topics, both in mainstream and scientific literature. Our objective is to sift through this information, verify the validity of the sources, and provide summaries that would be of interest to dog lovers everywhere. Although scientific literature can be dense, difficult to read and confusing, we will cut through all the scientific jargon to make the information easy to understand.