Category Archives: enlightenment

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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Surprise

In my last blog post, I detailed how Tinker not only had become seemingly quite comfortable with being stroked while in his crate, but had actually begun asking for affection. I truly had expected that we would remain at this stage for a while, but Tinker had other plans. About a week or so after …

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Contact

I find that I like experiencing moments with Tinker much more than writing about them. I have some catching up to do, once again. Weeks ago I had mentioned that I had begun giving Tinker a quick stroke every once in a while when he is in his crate, something that actually made me uncomfortable …

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What is that Sound??

A few weeks ago I was working on my computer and a sound came to my attention. It entered my consciousness slowly, because it blended in with other familiar sounds in the environment, including the sounds of construction that come from our new neighbor’s continued progress in building their new home. In fact, I thought …

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Have You Read It?

As one who is a Dog Listener, I’m often faced with folks who freely and vigorously state their opinions about Jan Fennell’s work; what it is, the theory behind it, etc. Or at least, what they’ve heard or led to believe. I am often informed by these individuals that Amichien┬« Bonding is based upon dominance …

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Where Are We Now?

It’s been quite some time since I last wrote about Tinker’s progress. It’s not that he hasn’t made progress; rather, each time I would be ready to write an entry, he would do something new and I thought I would write the post to include his new behavior. The changes I’ve been seeing happen on …

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Heel…?

My interactions with Tinker up to this point have consisted of lots of recall practice, some practicing of the ‘down’ request (only because it was something he does naturally, so I though I would capitalize on it, but it isn’t something I would use with him outside of a very safe place), and time spent …

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Mr. Tinker Update

In my last posting regarding Tinker’s progress, I reported that he had hit all the markers for adjusting here in terms of behaviors he had exhibited in his previous home, such as playing with toys, barking for attention, etc. Since the eight-week mark, he has been moving at quite an impressive pace, and I marvel …

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Eight Weeks

I realized the other day that Tinker has now been with us for eight weeks. The time has flown quickly and although Tinker hasn’t made huge leaps recently, his progress continues to be steady, albeit in small increments. I have noticed he is out of his crate as soon as I place his food bowl …

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Happiness is…

…coming home after running errands to find Tinker’s toys scattered on the floor, rather than tucked into his crate where he normally keeps them. To know he is feeling safe enough to play fills my heart with joy!

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