Friday, November 18, 2005

Recommended Reading

For people who are training dogs

Dog Friendly Dog Training, by Andrea Arder, Howell Book House 2000

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Positive Dog Training, by Pamela Dennison, Alpha Books, 2003

The Power of Positive Dog Training, Pat Miller, Howell

The Dog Whisperer, Paul Owens, Adams Media, 1999

More about Dogs:

Don't Shoot the Dog, by Karen Pryor, Bantam Paperback Books 1985
"Whatever the task, whether keeping a four-year old quiet in public, housebreaking a puppy, coaching a team, or memorizing a poem, it will go faster, and better, and be more fun, if you know how to use reinforcement."

A good book about changing behavior, be it human or canine

The Other End of the Leash, Patricia B. McConnell, Ballentine, 2002

The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson, James & Kenneth 1996
Deconstructs anthropomorphic misconceptions about dogs. Learn the difference between real life dogs and cartoon dogs.

Thank you to Eileen Freedman and Capital Dog Training Club for the list of good dog resources!

Friday, November 11, 2005

New Tricks

I don't know what the point of it is, but I have learned to 'speak' on command, catch a biscuit off my nose, and 'take a nap.' It used to be all I had to do was sit. More work for the same pay, but I'm not complaining. They underestimate me. Pretty soon, I'll have the bus repaired, and I'll be driving it on a doggy road trip. I'm a super genius.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Izz in Action

Not up to much lately, just learning French, working on my novel and thinking about going back for an advanced degree. Just kidding!

I'm actually just helping repair the bus, helping install new parts on the bikes, chasing the rooster, helping walk the dogs, and eating up the leftovers. A dog's work is never done.