Dog Talk

What I’ve learned from being the guardian of a Shyhound, along with some heart-warming doggie stories.

Nothing In Life Is Free (N.I.L.I.F.)

August 20, 2009

Training a shyhound can be a daunting task. A lot of links out there say to give a dog a treat as positive reinforcement – but when Banjo is very stressed he won’t even take a treat, which makes it difficult to coax him out of his ‘zone’. I researched a bunch of sites and […]

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A Native American Folktale 

August 15, 2009

The earth trembled and a great rift appeared, separating the first man and woman from the rest of the animal kingdom. As the chasm grew deeper and wider, all the other creatures, afraid for their lives, returned to the forest – except for the dog, who after much consideration leapt the perilous rift to stay […]

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Professor Hypercritterful

June 29, 2007

Our dog trainer said that Banjo is like the nerd at the back of the classroom, handing out answers to the algebra test to the rest of the class. Mine is a curious puppy.  I wouldn’t describe him as a old professor, but he likes to explore the world, and usually with his mouth. A […]

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