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

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“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?

Posted by: Linda Trunell | September 2, 2015

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

SPEAK SOFTLY AND CARRY A BIG STICK

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Posted by: Linda Trunell | August 10, 2015

Ten Things Your Dog Wants to Tell You

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1. I want to feel safe with you.

If your dog doesn’t trust you, he won’t feel safe with you. A dog who doesn’t feel safe will be more difficult to work with. Teach your dog without force, fear or intimidation by using positive reinforcement.

2. I depend on you to take care of me.

If you take a dog into your home he will depend on you for food, water, shelter, safety, healthcare, exercise, socialization and education.

3. I am not a furry child.

You and your dog are two different species but you can have a beautiful relationship if you understand each other.

4. I want you to understand what I’m saying.

Dogs communicate with body language – learn to read it.

5. I will bite if I have to.

Dogs can inflict a lot of damage very quickly if they want to.  Don’t make a dog feel that he has no choice because you ignored his warning signs.

6. I need to learn what you want me to do.

If you don’t teach your dog what he should do – don’t blame him for not doing it.

7. I do what works to get what I want.

Behavior is lawful. Behaviors that are rewarded are repeated. Pay attention to your dog and reward the behaviors you like.

8. I really need to sniff when we go on walks.

Dogs learn about their environment by smelling. Let your dog sniff! It should be his walk not yours.

9. I want to be with you.

Dogs are social animals and want to be part of the family. They are not lawn ornaments.

10. I love you even though you are not perfect.

We are not perfect and neither are dogs but they love us anyway. Be patient, kind and gentle.

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

Linda

Posted by: Linda Trunell | July 2, 2015

One Dog at a Time

This is actually a post from my Facebook page which so many people liked and commented on that I decided to share it here.  If we help just one dog by sharing good information with people it is well worth it.

Mastiff/Pit Mix

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Last night at work I saw a couple and their teen son trying a prong collar on their mastiff/pit mix. He was sitting and looking very stressed (ears flat, head turning, lip licking) as they were pulling on it to see if it was too big. I began talking with them and they said their vet recommended a prong collar because the dog was a puller. We talked about reward-based training and I explained that the prong may prevent pulling (because it hurts) but could create bigger problems. While we were talking I crouched down with my side to the dog and let him approach me. He was friendly and I stroked his chest and side. They agreed to let me fit him for a padded, front-attach harness. We removed the prong and while I was fitting the harness he was giving me big sloppy kisses as I was telling him what a good boy he was. I know I get too emotional when it comes to dogs but I felt like he understood what was happening and was thanking me, LOL. The woman walked him around the store for a few minutes and agreed to buy the harness. Needless to say, it made my day to see them leaving with the harness on the dog who was much more relaxed. Small victory but very sweet.

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

Linda

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