Category Archives: Training

Saturday Survey: Training Your Dog

We featured a video earlier in the week of an extremely well-trained dog who followed commands like “1 step”, “back up” and “slow” while never taking his eyes off of the toy he so clearly wanted to play with. Could you and your dog do that?

Could you train your dog like the one in Monday's video?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

America’s VetDogs

Prison PuppiesI just love it when several organizations partner together to produce really cool outcomes! The America’s VetDogs program partners prisons in Massachusetts and Maryland with the Guide Dog Foundation from New York to produce dogs trained to assist vets who were disabled in the service.
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Diabetic Alert Dog Keeps Swimmer in the Water

Photo courtesy Jeff Forman / News-Herald.com
Photo courtesy Jeff Forman / News-Herald.com
What do you do when you’re an unstable diabetic who loves to swim competitively? If you’re smart, you enlist the help of a really talented dog who will alert you when your blood sugar goes down, as might happen during or after intense exercise.

Yes, there are machines that can continuously monitor blood sugar, but they cannot go in the water with high school swimmer Elijah Spiro. Even though he stays out of the water, diabetic alert dog Nova can sense changes in Elijah’s blood sugar.
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Saturday Survey: Training Your Dog

The dogs featured in this past week’s videos had learned to do some pretty amazing things – driving a car and cleaning the house. I know I don’t have a prayer of training my dogs to do either. What about you?

Could you train your dog to do housework or to drive?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Saturday Survey: White House Statement on Breed Specific Legislation

Somehow during a week dominated by the introduction of Sunny, his family’s new dog, President Obama was able to address the topic of breed specific legislation. What is breed specific legislation or BSL? It is any law that seeks to make it illegal to own a specific dog because of his or her breed. BSL has been used particularly against pit bulls. Advocates of BSL say it keeps people safer by limiting the number of dangerous dogs being kept as family pets. Those against BSL say there are no bad breeds, only bad breeders and owners who teach their dogs to be aggressive and / or dangerous.

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