I wanted to share this well-written and thoughtful post with my readers.  When we understand what “traditional” punishment-based training methods do to our dogs and our relationships with them, we can strive to be better guardians and build relationships based on trust as we teach them with positive reinforcement.

We humans have been trained that the best way to train our dogs is through the use of coercion — and punishment and rewards. But Eric Brad has learned through his studies of behavioral science that…

Source: Selling Snake Oil: Stopping Behaviour Doesn’t Make a “Good Dog”

Posted by: Linda Trunell | November 27, 2015

Myth Busted: Pit Bulls Don’t Bite Differently

Even some “pit bull” advocates are guilty of perpetuating these myths. The truth is: “No dog is biologically equipped with a unique jaw structure, locking mechanism, biting mechanism or “style” that would differentiate them from other breeds of dogs.”

In recent years, things have been looking up for the dogs we call “pit bulls” and their families. Breed specific legislation is on the way out. Shelters that discriminate against dogs based on appearance are the exception. The old wives tales that fueled canine discrimination have been debunked and dismissed.

Except for one: Some people are still perpetuating the myth that “pit bull” dogs bite differently than other dogs. Unfounded claims persist about the severity and nature of incidents involving “pit bull” dogs versus other types of dogs. Claims about the “unique damage that ‘pit bull’ dogs inflict” are made by individuals or special interest groups with no experience in analyzing dog bite-related injuries or knowledge of dog physiology or behavior.

Let’s bust this myth once and for all.

First, it must be understood that “pit bull” is not a breed. Attempts at legal definitions of what a “pit bull”…

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Posted by: Linda Trunell | October 11, 2015

Click-a-Trick Class


Muppet and Max AKC Canine Good Citizens

Muppet and Max
AKC Canine Good Citizens

Muppet is the star in Click-a-Trick Class. He is not only a graduate of Advanced Training Class but he’s an AKC Advanced Canine Good Citizen and a therapy dog!

Here’s to being our dog’s best friend,


Posted by: Linda Trunell | October 5, 2015

“For the animal shall not be measured by man…Henry Beston

I wanted to share this beautiful truth with my blog readers. Animal lives matter. Your dog deserves the best life a dog can have.

Howling For Justice


“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” ― Henry Beston

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Posted by: Linda Trunell | September 23, 2015

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

I see you

Do you really think I can’t see you?

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