Category Archives: Musing

I have a lot of ideas and opinions about what it means to have a rich and interactive relationship with a dog. To better understand where I’m coming from, you can start here.

Dog to Child Greetings, Part 2

In last week’s blog post I introduced the idea of dog to child interactions – how to get the pair in the same space!  Now let’s look at what to do when the dog and child are interacting. Dogs generally … Continue reading

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Dog to Child Greetings Part 1

Years ago, I learned from Madeline Gabriel that children should be instructed to ask THE DOG for permission to visit.  How clever is that?  Yes, we all know about asking the dog’s owner, but what about the dog??!! I’m sure … Continue reading

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Training “Calm?”

My perspective on helping dogs behave in a calm fashion may be different than how others address it because in my opinion, the emotion of “calm” is not something you teach operantly (dog is aware that they are learning) as … Continue reading

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Socialization

Socialization I am often asked how we should socialize our dogs so that they will grow up as well adjusted as possible.  I think the answer is both simple and intuitive: The same way you socialize your small children. Parents … Continue reading

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It’s a Puppy, not a Problem!

  Left to their own devices, what do puppies like to do? They like to bark, play, run through the house (sometimes with muddy feet), jump on people, put things in their mouths and chew on them, eat tasty foods, … Continue reading

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Let’s get a NEW party started!

Four years ago I started a blog at http://www.denisefenzi.com.  The purpose of that blog was to create a public space where I could share my ideas about competition dog training, and to document that training process with my own dogs. … Continue reading

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