Blog posts from March, 2010

Say My Name

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | March 31, 2010 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

In an old Destiny’s Child song a woman singer, suspicious that her boyfriend is cheating on her, asks him on the telephone to say her name. If he says it, it will mean one thing – no other woman’s with him to give him grief about talking to the singer/girlfriend. If he won’t say the singer’s name, it means something else. Without much thought we understand implicitly the context of the singer’s request and that the boyfriend’s utterance of her name (or not) is loaded with meaning. As members of a verbal species, such is the power of language among us.

All of this nuance, context and meaning is lost on dogs. Continue Reading

How Safe Is Your Pet’s Flea & Tick Treatment?

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | March 26, 2010 ~ 2 Comments

How Safe Is Your Pet’s Flea & Tick Treatment?

Some flea and tick control products may do serious harm to pets and possibly to humans. On March 17, 2010, the EPA issued a report on flea and tick treatments and urged consumers to be extra careful when using them. The agency announced plans to develop stricter testing and evaluation standards for these products, new restrictions on product use, and better warning and labeling requirements.

The EPA’s report follows an alarming increase in adverse pet reactions to flea and tick treatments. Continue Reading

Dog Bites, Bite Thresholds & Fear

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | March 25, 2010 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

A new client dog who I’ll call Misty is very fearful girl with multiple fear triggers. Misty has growled, snarled and lunged at people in certain situations but hasn’t bitten anyone. Misty’s human definitely has her hands full. “I don’t want her to be the type of dog that bites,” she said when we first met.

I know what the woman meant but I explained to her that actually, all dogs are “the type of dog that bites.” Given the right circumstances any dog can bite. Continue Reading

More Tips From Kids Training Shelter Dogs

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | March 10, 2010 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

More Tips From Kids Training Shelter Dogs

Sometimes in the midst of group training classes, I wonder if anyone’s taking in anything that I’m saying. It’s been a welcome surprise to learn that in the Teaching Love & Compassion (TLC) program – an anti-violence humane education class in which I teach kids to train shelter dogs – the kids really have been paying attention to the stuff I say in training class.

Here are a few sound training tips my TLC students have shared with reporters and one another: Continue Reading

Dog Star Daily: Great Dog Training & Behavior Information

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | March 08, 2010 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

As you can see from my scant February blog posts, last month was a whirlwind for me. I’ve had zero time to write and have really missed blogging. This post is a quick one but a good one.

When it comes to training dogs, it seems like everyone’s got an opinion about how to do it the right way. Visit a dog park and mention a dog training or behavior issue and it won’t be long before someone’s giving you advice. Google “dog training tips” and in milliseconds you’ll get over 15 million results that are just a few mouse clicks away.

But whose advice should you follow? What tips are worthwhile? Continue Reading