Introducing A New Dog: Maggie and Willie as a Case Study

In hopes it will be helpful to others in the same situation, I thought I’d outline how I handled the introduction of lovely little Maggie into the family. Here’s some background on the actors: 1) Willie: Eight-year old BC neutered male, at one point extremely aggressive to unfamiliar dogs, relatively comfortable outside now with new […]


Read more →

Is Anthropomorphism a Dirty Word?

The short answer is no, not always. As a matter of fact, our ability to attribute human characteristics to non-human animals is an impressive ability that we should be proud of. In addition, it can make us better dog owners. Lest you think I’ve lost my mind, let me explain, this time with a longer […]


Read more →

Meet Maggie

Yup, Redstart Farm has a new member of the family. Maggie, a 15-month old female Border Collie from Idaho, has stolen the hearts of us all, Willie especially. He is gobsmacked. In love. Head over heals. Watching the two of them play has become one of my greatest joys in life. Those of you who […]


Read more →

Mar 31, German Shepherd Puppy Training Guide

German Shepherd puppy training will be the most fun you have ever had! This information will help you start training right away in order to develop your baby German Shepherd’s full potential.


Read more →

Feral versus Fearful Cats

Our resident cats, Nellie and her daughter Polly, arrived almost two years ago thanks to friends who found a starving, half-dead adolescent cat in their yard. They took her in and nursed her back to health–which included discovering that she was pregnant, helping her raise five kittens and finding them all wonderful homes. No one […]


Read more →

The Beauty of the “Ready” Cue

Ah, spring is finally coming. Along with the mud. I don’t know about you, but here in Southern Wisconsin the winter has been so severe that the ground is frozen as far as six feet down. Six vertical feet, just in case you’ve never had to dig fence post holes, is a long, long way. […]


Read more →

Mar 19, Dog Walking Games: Leash training the fun way!

Dog walking games are a fun and easy way to teach your canine friend how to walk nicely on the leash. Instead of training being a chore, it becomes play time! Try them to leash train your dog.


Read more →

Mar 19, Training German Shepherd Dogs: The Ultimate Guide

Training German Shepherd dogs will become easy and fun if you follow this free online obedience training guide. Learn puppy training, basic commands and advance work to teach your GSD.


Read more →

Favorite African Photographs

This week I’m grading 150 term papers. Yup, a 150 of them. My Teaching Assistant, Peggy B, will also be grading aspects of these same papers, so you can imagine that the two of us will be, uh, a tad busy for awhile. That’s why this week’s blog is a compilation of some of my […]


Read more →

Mar 15, 10 Dog Walking Tips to Enjoy a Stroll with your Furry Friend

Follow these dog walking tips to teach your canine how to walk nicely on the leash. They are easy to follow and you can start using them right away!


Read more →