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?
I 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. Continue reading America’s VetDogs→
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.
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?
One of the big reasons I was amazed at this was because I can’t imagine the pancake making it to the plate in my house! This dog has been trained to be an assistance dog using only positive training methods. Someone has a great deal more patience than I do!
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.
Who knew? When he’s not rocking, the lead singer of Van Halen, David Lee Roth, trains and competes with herding dogs! Love to watch those herding dogs work, and he gives a pretty good explanation of what they’re doing. (Excuse the language, which he only slips once.)
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!
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