Welcome to the pack Burya
Burya is half Dutch shepherd and half Belgian malinois from Loganhaus. She is so tiny now. Watch her grow!
Retractable leashes are best left for long distance training only. Leave them at home when going for a walk. Here is a wonderful article by Dr. Leslie Sinn DVM CPDT-KA
October seems to be a favorite month among many of us here at LVH. What’s not to love about the fall in Northern Virginia – a crisp nip in the air, the brilliant colors of changing foliage, pumpkin patches, and apple picking – it’s the perfect time to get out and explore Loudoun County with our family and furry friends. But before you head out, take a look at your canine companion’s leash. Are you using a retractable leash? Retractable leashes are made out of a thin nylon cord attached to a spring-loaded plastic handle. They have the ability to extend 15–25 feet as your pet walks away from you; as your pet gets closer, the cord retracts into the handle. Retractable leashes are popular with many dog owners because they allow pets more freedom to roam and explore on walks. However, there are many drawbacks and even dangers to…
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It snowed about 14 inches here at home in Northern Virginia. I have two dogs and a hill in my back yard. This of course calls for the implementation of a bad idea. Deja vu!
Molniya has a special pulling harness she has been taught to pull on and a bungee leash. She had tons of fun running down the hill. I had so much fun, this will likely be repeated again tomorrow morning!
Pyro is a dog on my Search and Rescue team that does it all. He can climb anything, find anything, do pretty much anything. Right now he is need of some help. For some unknown reason, he has developed an infection that is costing his wonderful handler a bit of cash and a ton of heartache. She will do anything for this dog, and this dog will do anything for her. HIs handler/owner is broken to pieces over this boy and she will not give up.
Long time readers know I do not post about charities on this site. This dog is special. If you can only give a dollar, go for it. Nothing is too small. If you cannot give a dime, spread this post around. Maybe someone you know can give something. Pyro has done so much to help humans. We can do something to help him. Find his story and Donate now at the link below.
I think most trainers these days started out using the “old way” of training dogs. Times have been changing for the better. I thought about researching and writing about this subject myself. I then came across this article and decided they did a fine job already. Let the comments fly.
Dogs used in service to help and even save peoples lives are being trained faster and more effectively these days. Here is what a bird dog trainer found out:
What a handful of “Unadoptables taught me about service, hope, and healing
By the author of “Scent of the Missing” – Susannah Charleson
I hit the follow Susannah on Facebook button soon after reading her first book about her journey through search in rescue and her search dog Puzzle. I knew a bit about what her new book might hold. The book is not about search and rescue to which I am involved as a K9 handler. Would it have the same hold on me as her first book?
I believe everyone knows the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover.” So, when I slid the book out of the shipping envelope and saw a little white dog with a goofy grin, tilted head, and ridiculous half cocked bat ears, I thought, “This will be cute.” I also figured I could read a few chapters a day in between my busy schedule of studying, working, and training two search dogs. I got absolutely nothing done for the past two days.
The journey begins immersed in the confused gritty red-dust covered memories of a firefighter who survived a terrible accident. The imagery conjured a frantic feeling of desperation; a need to claw your way out of the hell that was laid before the mind’s eye. Charleston gently leads you out into the comforting fresh air with the soft touch and sweet gaze of a little mixed dog. The firefighter’s wonderful, shelter rescued dog can predict his episodes of PTSD and stop them, waken him from nightmares and flashbacks, and lead him home. She is one of many amazing canines you will meet in this remarkable book.
The author skillfully braids the stories of others with her own experience raising and training her own service dogs. This book paints gorgeous pictures that will fill you with tears, laughter, anger, and heartwarming joy. Who can forget a dog named Juice Box that completely changed the life of a young teenager who couldn’t safely leave house without him? How about a lab with a creaking tail? Or a tiny gray lilliputian with enormous ears rescued hours before he was to be euthanized? Charleson’s voice brought such vivid detail to the page, I felt as if the people and their service dogs were all very dear friends of mine.
This book is at my bedside table to read again, and again. Possibility Dogs indeed has a hold on me.
The book may be found on Amazon. Possibility Dogs by Susannah Charleson
Susannah does more than write a book about it. She started her own organization to help those in need of a service dog!
The name: Possibility Dogs
We identify, rescue, and train talented homeless dogs for psychiatric and utility service. We connect partners with a heart for rescue to service dogs that have love and skills to share. And we support that partnership for the long-term—through ongoing training, public education, and research
You may find out more at her website Possibility Dogs
See a great interview with Susannah and Jake Piper here: Susannah News Interview