THE TIPPING POINT

The Tipping Point

In September 1998, Abby, Jefferson, Duke, and two other candidates entered Sundowners Kennels to learn the ropes from Pluis. Because certain dogs take longer than others, this was essentially our third round of trainees, and for the most part, Pluis had her system down. She knew what...
Building Behaviorally Healthy Relationships Between Children and Dogs
Definition of Behaviorally HealthyTeaching a dog to walk on a leash and fetch can build a stronger, more positive relationship between children and dogs. Photo Credit Haley Romanko The concept of a behaviorally healthy relationship between children and dogs implies reciprocity such...
Roles for Teaching Dogs: Helpers and Safe Socializers
This chapter discusses the role of Helper Dogs and Safe Socializers. (Demo Dogs are discussed in the next chapter.) Helper dogs are employed to serve as neutral dogs who help you in your work with reactive dogs who are fearful and/or stressed. Safe Socializers are used...
THE DRAMA QUEEN AND THE GUNSHOT SURVIVOR
On a back road near a highway in eastern Memphis, Tennessee, from somewhere out of the overgrown thickets of wilderness, perhaps north from the dense forests that lined the Mississippi River, or east from the marshland and backwoods along the Wolf River, limped a...
Lessons Children Can Learn from Dogs About End-of-Life, Loss, and Grief
Lessons from the DogWe chose hospice/palliative care for Aspen when her liver started to fail because we thought she was still enjoying some quality of life receiving love (lots of attention, pets, hugs) from our family, and lying on...