Good Fosters Abound!
New program nets exciting results

Over the last year and a half, we have been very busy at Good Dogs Abound. We started a foster program specialized for fearful dogs. I am pleased to say it has been a wonderful success. 40 dogs have come through our foster program since August 2011. The program, named Henry's Way Station, started in a rather quiet way. I was doing volunteer work a few days a week at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley's Behavior Modification program. After working with several dogs, I felt it would be interesting to bring home a small dog that might be having trouble coping with the activity of the shelter. I asked Bridgette, the Director of Shelter Services, if there was a wee one who needed some extra attention. Bridgette smiled and said, "There is one in my office." I met Little Star, a shy young Chihuahua, and the foster program started then and there.


Can I jump in and get the ball?

Life in the Gerbil Cage
Observing Behavior without going Crazy

It's just a typical day at Good Dogs Abound. We're having solar panels installed on the roof, landscape maintenance is here, packages are being delivered... all at once. While I responded to the doorbell, Yukon and Chanel accompanied me at full bark, and Dakota calmly retrieved my lunch from the table. I realized that most of the time, I feel like I'm living in a gerbil cage... More...
Moving on from loss
Take time to reflect

When you bring a dog into your life, chances are you will also experience the end of your dog's life, which can bring much sadness and grief.  The human-animal bond can be very complex, and for many people, the loss of a pet is as difficult (sometimes even more) than the loss of another human.  For many people, grief for a special pet can last for years.

Remembering our dear pets who have moved on

What's best for us? Gentleness and patience!
What's Best for the Dog?
Understand what lies beneath before you select a trainer

If you have researched training options for your dog, you have likely come across trainers who say, "We don't just use one training method.  We choose what is best for the dog."  While this may sound good, it's important to understand what lies beneath that statement.

There can be no argument regarding what is best for the dog.  What is best for the dog means training methods that keep the dog safe, do not introduce fear, and do not increase the potential for adverse fallout behaviors that may result in injury or death to the dog or nearby animals or humans.  What lies beneath the training jargon of "what is best for the dog" is often the subtext of "we will do whatever is necessary to achieve compliance."  This can be a slippery slope with potential for a dangerous outcome.

Watch Out! I'm scared!
Fear is often misinterpreted as agression

On our morning walk today, I saw a woman and a dog coming our direction.  The dog saw us and started lunging.  Both the dog and her guardian were obviously stressed.  We moved off the sidewalk to give the dog a comfort zone.  Yukon seemed to sense the stress and became stressed as well.  As the woman walked by, she thanked us for moving away.  I could sense her feelings of anguish, and I took the opportunity to speak with her about options for her dog. 


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