Tag Archives: dog training

Ambushed

Most mornings Travvy and I head out in the general direction of Old County Road and the bike path beyond it. We have three basic routes, all circular and all taking about an hour’s brisk walk to complete. Sometimes, though, … Continue reading

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Beginner

Once upon a time I must have made New Year’s resolutions. Who hasn’t? I doubt I kept many of them. Who does? It’s a cliché how much exercise equipment winds up in the classifieds by the first of February. I did … Continue reading

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Live and Learn

Yesterday it snowed. Yesterday was a gray day. The snow was wet and there wasn’t much of it. This morning it sparkled. The snow was both pristine and easy to walk in. What’s not to like? Snow reveals the passage … Continue reading

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Reactivity

I can’t say that everything I know I’ve learned from my dog, but Travvy has taught me a lot, and not just about dogs. Travvy is reactive. I didn’t know what reactivity was before a dog trainer put a name … Continue reading

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Rally On!

Trav and I were offered a place to train and practice off-leash. It’s pretty convenient and very secure. We tried it out Friday and I think it’s going to be great. Thanks so much to our benefactors. We get by … Continue reading

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Head to Tail Wellness

If you’ve just gotten a dog, the sheer volume of information out there is daunting: books, DVDs, and websites about choosing a dog, raising a puppy, training methods, behavior problems, grooming, nutrition, dog sports . . . Where to start, … Continue reading

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Should We Be Required to Vote?

Most U.S. presidential elections, the turnout hovers somewhere around 50 percent of all eligible voters. This year was no exception. After most U.S. elections, some USians notice that in Australia voting is compulsory. The turnout in Australia’s 2010 elections was … Continue reading

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Rallying Up North

Last weekend Travvy and I headed north for a Rally obedience trial in Raymond, New Hampshire. Raymond is due east of Manchester, a three-hour drive from Woods Hole. Like most Rally trials, this one was hosted by a local training … Continue reading

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Awesome

Two weeks ago Travvy and I headed north for a Rally Obedience trial in Raymond, New Hampshire. When we left home, Raymond, New Hampshire, wasn’t on my psychic map. From the moment I passed exit 32 on I-495, I was … Continue reading

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Rally Off-Island

Travvy’s fans have reminded me that I haven’t written much about him lately. They’re right. I’ve written a fair amount about dogs who kill chickens (and the humans who let them down) and dog policy on Lambert’s Cove Beach, but … Continue reading

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