Dogs Just Want to Have Fun

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | January 07, 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Dogs Just Want to Have Fun

Ever since he was a pup, Vinnie has loved the beach. His routine is the same at every beach we visit. He races to the water as fast as he can until he’s knee deep in the Pacific. Again and again he leaps over the waves dolphin-style, arcing his body up and down in a U-shape. Then he runs back to his humans to get us to chase him back into the ocean so he can do it all over again.

Vin ocean

Day of Fun at the Beach

At the beach, he is jubilant. You can see it in every jump, in his springy gait, in the huge doggy smile on his face, in every giant play bow he presents to dogs he meets. A beach day is a super day of fun for him so I try to make it happen as often as I can.  When I can’t get to the beach, I make sure his days include other fun stuff, like playtime with other dogs, Vin’s version of soccer, tug matches and scenting games.

I know. You probably came to this blog for serious science-based information on doggy behavior and training. So why the emphasis on fun? Continue Reading

Happy 2012 & Train Your Dog Month!

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | January 05, 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Happy 2012 & Train Your Dog Month!

January is National Train Your Dog month – a grand kick-off to another year with your best furry friend. If you haven’t heard, positive reinforcement training is one of the best ways to enhance your relationship with Rover.

Relationship: the way in which two or more concepts, objects or people are connected, or the state of being connected.

Some may think true relationships exist only between humans, but we do indeed have relationships with our dogs. Continue Reading

Good Management For Good Dog Behavior

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | May 16, 2011 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

When Vinnie was an adolescent dog he began to counter surf in earnest. As soon as no one was looking, he’d rear up on his hind legs, put his front paws on the kitchen counter and start sniffing. Somehow he managed to jump and stretch his muzzle farther than we could imagine and in the blink of an eye, he’d help himself to food on the counter. He scored quite a few yummies in this way including a third of a freshly baked pan of cornbread, a handful of cookies, a few hunks of cheese, a piece of chicken, and a burger.

This has got to stop, I thought. But the first order of business wasn’t training. It was management. Continue Reading

Bowser’s Back Yard Blues

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | March 04, 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Bowser’s Back Yard Blues

Chances are you’ve got one in your neighborhood – the backyard dog that seems to bark all day and night. There’s one down the street from me and another a couple of streets away. No matter when I walk by those houses the dogs are barking, one from a garage, the other from a backyard. Bad dogs? No. Bored dogs? Yes! . . and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Continue Reading

Paws Up For Food Puzzle Toys!

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

Paws Up For Food Puzzle Toys!

What do good manners and playing with your food have to do with one another?

Everything . . . if you’re a dog!

One of the best and easiest things you can do to enrich your dog’s life and lay a foundation for polite dog behavior is encourage him to play with his food. Food puzzle toys abound – nifty contraptions into which you stuff food or treats, and give to your dog to “solve” so he can eat what’s inside. Continue Reading