Dominance Dog Training – Is It Worth Discussing Anymore?

Dominance dog training may seem like a “been there, done that” issue, but while the science has moved beyond that concept, many dominance dog trainingpeople haven’t.  Physical punishment may provide an immediate response, but does it teach a dog anything, really, except to avoid the punishment? Just as with the practice of hanging dogs up by their leashes was once used as a corrective “training” tool, we now must deal with the legacy of dominance training, its array of bad ideas for dog training and how they impact development of the bond of trust we should have with our dogs. That’s really a major talking point in the video below: what kind of relationship do you want with your dog? Continue reading

Pet Custody, When Families Don’t Stay Together

Pet custody is a relatively new field in law, law in all 50 States which sees pets as just another asset to be divided. We know that couples can fight about the smallest of things, and who gets to keep Charlie can become a major battleground. Since case law in this area is thin, many judges have used child custody laws as a guide, yet are still constrained by property laws.

Pets place in our lives has change significantly since one of the first cases of pet custody in 1944: Continue reading

A Traveling Dog Sniffs Out the Products of Provence

By Author Sheron Long

We love our trips to Provence because we go with a traveling dog, our 11-year-old Sheltie, Chula, whose name means “pretty” in Spanish. Last fall, we made our third trip together and savored the treasures produced in the fields of Provence.

Vineyard Treasures

The Rhone River, one of the major rivers in Europe, flows from Switzerland to Arles, where it breaks into two branches on its route to the Mediterranean Sea.  One of the great ways to spend a day is to tour wineries in the Rhone River valley, and dogs are generally welcome.


Chula doesn’t do any tasting with us, but she does take in the experience. Our favorite tour is of the wineries in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, about an hour to the north of our village, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.  Continue reading

Can Playing with Dogs Help Train Dogs?

I recently wrote about playing with dogs and its role in communicating and bonding with my dog, and have used play after a dog training session to reinforce the idea that it’s all fun. It was great to see this video with Steve Dale talking about this topic to the always impressive Patricia McConnell, author, certified applied animal behaviorist, international speaker, and adjunct professor in Zoology at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Continue reading

A Traveling Dog Noses Around Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Chula Wula D’Augue, Sheltie by birth and Frenchie by choice, is one of those happy traveling dogs. On three occasions, she has trotted the globe with us from California to Paris, an 11-hour trip followed by a 3-hour train ride. Still, she arrives at our home in Saint-Rémy-de Provence with a smile on her face and ready for adventure.

While the possibilities for adventure in Provence are endless, Chula, Bob, and I think some of the most special days are those we spend right in our village.

The Wednesday Market

In Provence, a bustling market happens in a different village each day of the week. Wednesday is Saint-Rémy’s turn, and Chula wouldn’t miss a visit even for a chance to chase a cat out of her backyard. Continue reading

Puppy Training — Help Your Pet Do Their Best

Puppy training done well is going to keep you sane during a period when life has been rearranged to make room for puppy needs — and puppies need a lot: Time, attention, play, socialization, lessons are learned at each step! You want to be sure your pet is learning the lessons you are teaching. Now is the time to help your pet do their best, forming a strong bond between you as you lead him to success.

A very important lesson in puppy training is housetraining. One of the top reasons people give up their pets to shelters is eliminating in the house. Continue reading