Author Archive: Rebecca Trono - Dog Listener of Vermont

What’s in Your Mouth?!

I could write a book on this subject alone, how people reinforce the behavior of their dogs who grab things their people don’t want them to have. It often begins when the dog is a puppy and begins to explore the world. Just as exploring babies do, puppies learn about their world by using their …

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Changes are Challenging

This image is supposed to be funny. At one time, I might have thought it was so. Now I know more about dogs and their perspective, and looking at it breaks my heart. People tend to believe that dogs don’t care who they’re with, that they can be dropped off at a moment’s notice to …

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Emmett

This is our Emmett. He’s 11 years old now, a very well-mannered gentleman.   We adopted Emmett from a local shelter at the tender age of 5 months. Adorable puppy, killer cute and loads of charm, with that round, speckled puppy belly and irresistible puppy smell. Things looked good when we brought him home, but …

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We All Look for Authority

We, as so many others in the Eastern part of the U.S., have been living through an Arctic deep freeze. For us, this means that during the coldest parts of the night, our house ‘pops’. The cold makes our house make noises that, if one didn’t know what they were, could make a person think …

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Socialization – the Myth

One of my clients reached out to me with a very upsetting experience this week, asking me what I think of “socialization”. Hmmm… What had happened was that she and her husband had driven to a drop-off point, meeting their dog food distributor, and happened to have brought along their NewFoundland. While they had parked …

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Doomed To Fail

I often read the short, informational write-ups about dogs who are in need of a home and so many of them state the dog is the type that “needs to be with their person”, meaning the dog has suffered separation anxiety in the past, this is just a part of who they are, so they …

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Asking Questions

Any changes in our dog’s environment can cause the dog to “ask questions”, that is display behaviors that we’ve either not seen in quite some time, or display new ones we’ve never seen. In our case, it was my husband’s schedule change once the new school year began. John had been home all summer, all …

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Tinker: One Year Later

Our one-year anniversary of Tinker’s adoption has come and gone, in August. The little dog with the lion’s mane keeps inching forward, tiny steps at a time. Every week I’m reminded of how much he has overcome, while not having any expectations about how much further he will, or will not, go. One morning I …

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Gratitude

“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.”                                                                             -Edward Hoagland Every so often I receive a call from a person looking for help with their dog that touches me …

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The Big Move

In the beginning of June, our daughter was expected to arrive home in under two weeks for a long-awaited and much anticipated visit. I wanted to give her the bathroom adjoining her bedroom back, which of course meant it was time for Tinker to be moved. I had thought I would move him down to …

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