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I started writing this blog for Baywater Animal Rescue, in Cambridge, a few years ago. But they were very irregular until January 2016, when I got more disciplined and produced one each month. Now I’m finally posting them here, though they will also continue to appear on Baywater’s website. If you are looking for answers to your dog’s issues, I hope you find some helpful advice and perhaps a different perspective in these posts. 


Treating Your Dog Well: All Treats Are Not Created Equal

In my last post, on the positive interrupt, I recommended not using dry biscuits. That prompted a loyal reader to suggest that I write about treats this month. I liked that idea since it gives me a chance to not only recommend some healthy, tasty treats, but also to dispel a few misconceptions about using them. Click Here to Read More


Politeness Works Better: Try the Positive Interrupt

Even those who are completely onboard with adopting positive methods of training and handling their dog will ask, “But what am I supposed to do when I want him to stop doing something?” This usually comes up right after I’ve explained why I don’t like to say No or misuse the dog’s name to handle this situation. Click Here to Read More


Targeting: The Swiss Army Knife of Behaviors

The mother of all behaviors, as they say, is attention. If you can’t get your dog’s attention, you can’t expect to get the responses you want. But targeting is definitely the Swiss army knife of behaviors. When your dog can target, she has a tool with an amazing variety of terrifically useful functions. Yes, soon your dog will be able to uncork wine bottles and file her own nails! Well, almost. Click Here to Read More


Puppy Training the SMART, Easy Way: Install Many Good Habits to Prevent Bad Ones

If you just got a puppy and are stressing about all the typical problems you didn’t anticipate (or forgot about, like me), don’t despair. Like having a really cute but exhausting toddler, your life is consumed by potty training, tantrums, and trying to keep them from hurting themselves—and you. But there’s no need to resort to discipline, wait for training classes, or just hope the puppy will eventually “grow out of it.” There’s a lot you can do now to bring some quick relief—and more important, lay the foundation for a fantastic dog and a wonderful relationship.Click Here To Read More


The Case for Positive Training: Best Behavior and Relationships

Confused about training methods? It’s no wonder, given the vast differences between the ways we grew up with; what we have seen on TV (“the dog whisperer” vs. Victoria Stilwell); and what we’ve learned in obedience classes, from books, and from amateurs and experts on the Internet, not to mention friends and relatives. Click Here to Read More


What to Do About Pulling: Real Solutions You Haven't Tried Yet

Pulling is a very common complaint—and it comes from both ends of the leash. Yes, dogs would rather walk on a loose leash too! When pulling causes annoyance, frustration, pain, and fear of falling, “pully” dogs often get shorter and fewer walks. And then, inadequate exercise and exploration time can give rise to new behavior issues. Click Here to Read More


Lessons from a "Less-Adoptable Pet"

Dear Readers, This month, I am taking a different approach for our blog. While we consider all animals at Baywater Animal Rescue to be very special, we have a unique and wonderful, loving adult English Bulldog mix who is deaf.  All who have met, cared for and played with this precious dog have been rewarded with tail wags, kisses, and ‘smiles’. Thena enjoyed time with a foster family, which allowed us an opportunity to learn more about her needs and abilities, such as how quickly she learned sign language and her preference for a home without other animals. Click Here to Read More


Mental Enrichment 101—Play with Your Food!

Did you know that working a dog’s brain is as important as physical exercise—and has even greater pay-offs? Training is important (I would say essential), but that’s not the only way to exercise the little gray cells. Giving dogs a challenge that’s instinctive—working for their food—is not just amusing to watch, it keeps them busy, lets them engage safely with an object in a productive way, and helps them learn how to solve problems. Click Here to Read More


Resource Guarding: It's Not About Dominance

Does Baxter or Daisy growl (or worse) when you walk by at mealtime? Food guarding is not uncommon, so there’s a lot of advice on the Internet. Unfortunately, too many people regard this behavior as a leadership issue and give misguided advice. These so-called experts, including the one on TV, say that you’ve got to assert yourself as the “pack leader,” “show the dog who is boss.”  Click Here to Read More


Aggravating Adolescents: Or, What Happened to My Precious Puppy?

Recently I attended a wonderful day-long seminar on canine adolescence, presented by professional trainer, breeder, and renowned author/speaker Suzanne Clothier. It was a great learning experience that improved my understanding and enhanced my own approach to reforming unruly dogs of any age. Click Here to Read More


Pausing Those Paws

One of the most useful behaviors to teach your dog is to just stand still for a few seconds. This isn’t a formal Stay, where Rex needs to be in a Sit or a Down for several minutes. It’s like hitting the pause button so you have a moment to do what you need to do. It also teaches impulse control, an essential skill that every dog really needs--and can—learn. Click Here to Read More


Should We Let Dogs Greet Dogs on Leash?

It depends. The question is really two parts: Does your dog (let’s call her Fluffy) actually wantto greet this particular dog at this time? Fluffy’s answer may very well change according to the environment, the weather, time of day, her mood, and many other factors. It can be yes, no, or I’m not sure. And equally important, how does that second dog feel about a close encounter? Click Here To Read More


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Beagles"I am so glad I found you to guide us along this adventure."
— Sherald R.


Beagles"Runner is doing so well!!! . . . He is now going to the pond on his own (with our permission). This morning (and he'd already had breakfast), he came back on a single "here" [and] came running up the steps, licking his lips, knowing that a few high-value pieces of steak awaited. THANK YOU, LISA (that comes from both of us)."

    — Sheila B.    

Beagles"My almost one-year old beagles got into a terrible fight during a walk. Scared and depressed, I was prepared to re-home one of them.  Lisa's dedication and sincere caring nature changed everything. After working with Lisa on good training and calming techniques, Lexi and Kramer remain happily together in our family.  And I feel more confident to intervene should any problems arise, knowing that Lisa will always be available.  Thanks so much!"

    — Janice S.

Beagles"At 15 Weeks, Oliver was so carsick, even looking at the car made him throw up. Out Trainer suggested trying TTouch therapy with Lisa. A few weeks of her techniques and products helped Oliver overcome his anxiety and gain confidence. Now he can stay in his own seat instead of my lap without getting sick, even on 5-hour drives! The calming music and yak bones have helped him a lot too!""

    — Beth T.    

Beagles"When we moved from five acres to a town apartment, we had to adjust to seeing, hearing, and walking near people, cars, and dogs. Our Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Finn, became fearful: he was 100 pounds of shaking muscles. Our Jack Russell, Hemi, was on high alert, barking and charging at every visitor.
Lisa came to our house and gave us skills, using TTouch and other methods, to help decrease the anxiety and show Finn and Hemi how to cope.
The positive impact that we saw, almost immediately, was AMAZING. We continue to make more progress every day. Thanks to Lisa, we are a much calmer and happier household."

    — Casey A.