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Anyone who has worked with me knows that I focus a lot on helping dogs to make good choices.

Many of us want well-trained dogs, but ALL of us want well-behaved dogs who make good decisions without needing to be told or prompted by us.

In this video, Zuzu is encountering a herd of 1500 goats! She met two goats years ago when she was around 7 months old or so. Has not seen any since. In this video Zuzu has just turned 5 years old.

As a sighthound, Zuzu loves to (and is quite good at!) chasing animals. So our objective here is to see if Zuzu can make good choices and be calm around the goats without trying to chase them. There are no cues and no prompting given to her during the entire video. She is rewarded for making good choices.

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Nice video Sue. Excellent demonstration of just how patient one needs to be sometimes.

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To download a PDF archive of our newsletters since January 2017, please click this link. Or you can click on the link to each specific issue below.

December 2018:  The 2018 Year End Issue: Making Good Choices: Zuzu and the Goats – Part 1 & Part 2 | New Years Resolution – For Your Dog | Planning For The New Year – Dog Training Edition | Assessing the Status of Your Dog's Training | Fun Stuff We Did in November: November 2018 Video Mashup | Pics Of The Month | 2018 Farm Harvest Video Summary

November 2018:  The 2018 Holiday Issue: Reinforce Behavior You Want | “Out” is a useful cue with your dog when preparing your holiday meal | Set your dog up for success over the holidays! | Training tip – teach your dog a new holiday dog trick! | Are your dogs a part of your holiday traditions? | Fun Stuff We Did in October: Multitasking at The Light of Dog | October time-lapse sunrise, sunsets and snow storms

October 2018:  The 2018 Zuzu Birthday Issue:   Zuzu’s 5th Birthday | Is an assertive dog good or bad? | My 2018 fall break with mom and dad…by Zuzu the Greyhound |  Short video compilation of Zuzu, our Greyhound and the goofy things she does

September 2018: The 2018 Boarding Issue: The complete checklist for evaluating dog boarding, dog kennel and pet sitting options | Does your puppy know “Sit”? Are you sure? (Hint: it’s about the context!) | Tips on managing and monitoring productive puppy play groups

August 2018: The 2018 Eating Rocks, Socks and Other Items Issue: Stop your dog from eating rocks, socks and other non-food items | The Functional Medicine Framework for your dog's health | Clicker training with a Corgi (video) | Dog Parkour (video) | Benefits of Dog Sports for Non-competitors | Dog Food Options | Sure Fire Ways to Stress Your Dog

July 2018:  The 2018 Adventure Dog Issue

June 2018:  The 2018 Romeo Memorial Issue

May 2018:  The 2018 Ideal Walk Issue | What is an ideal walk with your dog? (Hint: if you ask your dog, it includes sniffing!) |Walking your dog – is it really good exercise? |When walking your dog is no fun |Is walking your dog a drag? | Walking can be such a drag!

April 2018:  The 2018 Healthy Food Issue | Why dry kibble is bad for dogs | Assess the nutritional value of dog food | A quick way to help determine the quality of the dog food products you purchase

March 2018:  The 2018 Cues & Expectations Issue | Assessing the status of your dog’s training | How many cues does your dog know? | Do you expect perfection?

February 2018: The 2018 Food Stack Issue: We humans have food pyramids, why not something similar for our dogs? | Additional Articles: Foods to avoid feeding your dog | Important tips about preserving commercial dried dog food products | The causes of disease and health problems in our pets and the one major thing you can do to help prevent them

January 2018: The 2018 Train Your Dog Issue: Benefits of training your dog (with infographic) | Benefits of group dog training classes | Benefits of in-home private dog training | Benefits of dog sports for non-competitors

December 2017: The 2017 Year End Issue: New Class Locations and 2018 Farm Events | Planning for the new year – dog training edition | Are your dog training goals setting you up for failure? | Assessing the status of your dog’s training | New Years Resolution – for your dog

November 2017:  The 2017 Holiday Issue | Are your dogs a part of your holiday traditions? | Teach your dog a new holiday trick! | Set your dog up for success over the holidays! | “Out” is a useful cue with your dog when preparing your holiday meal

October 2017:  The 2017 Tricks & Treats Issue | Training treats compatible with raw diets | Additional Articles: What goes into making commercial dog treats and tips on buying the healthiest ones for your dog | When your dog’s “fun tricks” come in handy | Training tip – teach your dog a new holiday dog trick!

September 2017:  The 2017 Perks of Play Issue | Additional Articles:The benefits of play for dogs | Puppy play – should big and small dogs be separated? | Outwit, outplay, outlast – motto for Survivor and our dogs | Dogs need mental stimulation too – not only physical exercise!

August 2017:  The 2017 Rules of Puppy Play Issue – and eliminating puppy nipping | Additional Articles:  Does playing tug with a dog cause aggression? | When will my dog stop the biting, nipping, mouthing behaviors? | Training tip – for nipping puppies and mouthy adolescent dogs | Nipping puppies and mouthy adolescents, part 2 | Nipping puppies and mouthy adolescents, part 3

July 2017: The 2017 Wildlife Part 2 Issue:  Rules for interacting with wildlife | Additional Articles: Training challenges: overcoming “My dog will only come when she wants to” | Real life tests of off-leash reliability | Putting “leave it” to the test | Hiking with your dog? Keep an eye out for ticks | Close encounters of the snake variety with our dog | Dealing with difficult distractions – wildlife version | Can dogs be trained not to chase wildlife? | Dogs and wildlife

June 2017:  The 2017 Birthday Issue: Romeo: a birthday and the story behind his name | Additional Articles:  Lifelong stages of training – and happy 7th birthday Romeo! | Happy 6th Birthday to Romeo! No longer an adolescent dog | Happy birthday Romeo! Our Vizsla turns 3

May 2017 – Food, food and more food…and big news from us that is 5 years in the making: Important tips about preserving commercial dried dog food products | Additional Articles: What goes into making commercial dog treats and tips on buying the healthiest ones for your dog | Foods to avoid feeding your dog | A handy guide to buying beef (for dogs and humans)

April 2017 – The 2017 Leash Reactive Dog Issue:  If your dog is aggressive or reactive on leash toward other dogs| Additional Articles: Is your dog aggressive or reactive when on leash? | Is your dog reactive toward other dogs when on leash? | Which breeds are more likely to be aggressive on leash?

March 2017 – The 2017 Brain Workout Issue: Dog mental stimulation ideas from our video archives | Tip of the Month: Dogs need mental stimulation too – not only physical exercise! | Additional Articles: Restricted activity after a spay, neuter or other surgery | What does it mean to give your dog “a job”?

February 2017 – The 2017 Wildlife Issue:  Dogs and Wildlife | Can dogs be trained not to chase wildlife? | Dealing with difficult distractions – wildlife version

January 2017 –  The 2017 Train Your Dog Issue: Benefits of in-home private dog training | Additional Articles: Benefits of group dog training classes | Assessing the status of your dog’s training

December 2016 – The 2016 Year End Issue: New Years Resolution – for your dog | Assessing the status of your dog’s training | Are your dog training goals setting you up for failure?

November 2016 – The 2016 Holiday Issue: Are your dogs a part of your holiday traditions? | Teach your dog a new holiday trick! | Set your dog up for success over the holidays! | “Out” is a useful cue with your dog when preparing your holiday meal

October 2016 – The Healthy Dog Food Issue: The causes of disease and health problems in our pets and the one major thing you can do to help prevent them | Will the Darkest Secrets of Pet Food be Revealed? (WARNING: don't read this if you are easily grossed out) | What goes into making commercial dog treats and tips on buying the healthiest ones for your dog | The sourcing, production and packaging for Peak Power Dog Treats and how we do it differently from other dog food companies | Why choose grass fed beef for your dog

September 2016 – The Service Dog Issue:  Want to know more about service dogs? | Additional Articles: What exactly are therapy dogs? | Therapy dog vs Service dog vs Emotional Support Animal

August 2016 – The Therapy Dog Issue: What exactly is a therapy dog? |Additional articles: Walking can be such a drag! | Is Your Dog A Model Citizen? | Does the weather affect your dog-walking?

July 2016 – The Therapy vs Service Dog Issue: Therapy dog vs Service dog vs Emotional Support Animal |Do you know the signs of heatstroke in your dog? | Use chilled or frozen treats when it’s hot out! | Burning off energy in the summer heat with your dogs

June 2016 – The Birthday Issue: Lifelong stages of training |  What is “maintenance” training for your dog and do you need it? | Happy 6th Birthday to Romeo! No longer an adolescent dog | Happy birthday Romeo! Our Vizsla turns 3 | Assessing the status of your dog’s training

May 2016 – The Prey Drive Issue: Does your dog have a high “prey drive”?  | Can dogs be trained not to chase wildlife? | Do dogs really develop a “taste for blood”? | Real life tests of off-leash reliability | Successfully training a dog not to chase cars or anything else

April 2016 – The Nippy Bitey Mouthy Dog Issue: When will my dog stop the biting, nipping, mouthing behaviors? | Minimizing Puppy Biting | Training tip – for nipping puppies and mouthy adolescent dogs | Nipping puppies and mouthy adolescents, part 2 | Nipping puppies and mouthy adolescents, part 3

March 2016 –  The Leash Reactive Dog Issue: Is your dog aggressive or reactive when on leash? | Is your dog reactive toward other dogs when on leash? | Which breeds are more likely to be aggressive on leash? | Should dogs greet other dogs when on leash?

February 2016 – The 2016 Dog Sports Issue: Training your dog should be fun! | A new dog sport to try – Treibball | Have you heard of the sport of K9 Nosework for dog training?

January 2016 – The 2016 Train Your Dog Issue: January is National Train Your Dog Month | How predictable are you in your dog training sessions? | Dog training session vs the real world | Dog Training Choices | Troubleshooting: when your dog training isn’t working

December, 2015 – The 2015 Year-End Issue: New Years Resolution – for your dog | Is your dog earning freedoms? | What are your dog’s motivators or rewards? | What is “maintenance” training for your dog and do you need it? | Are your dog training goals setting you up for failure?

November 2015 –  The 2015 Holiday Issue: A solid “Leave It” can be handy for the holidays! | Teach your dog a new holiday trick! | “Out” is a useful cue with your dog when preparing your holiday meal | Set your dog up for success over the holidays! | Putting “leave it” to the test

October 2015 – Zuzu's Birthday Issue: Is an assertive dog good or bad? | What’s the “magic” number for maturity? | Exposure to new things, Halloween version | Getting in touch with her inner Terrier

September 2015 – The Dog Treats Issue: What goes into making commercial dog treats and tips on buying the healthiest ones for your dog | When your dog “only does it when I have a treat” | Use chilled or frozen treats when it’s hot out! | When your dog doesn’t care about your treats

August 2015 – The Dog Toys and Play Issue: Does playing tug with a dog cause aggression? | Additional Articles: Training tip – Chase game with kids and dogs | The benefits of play for dogs | Are your dog’s chew toys safe?

July 2015 – The All About Beef Issue, and what you really need to know: Surprising (and a little shocking) data and research conclusions about the benefits of grass fed beef versus grain fed feedlot beef | The sourcing, production and packaging for Peak Power Dog Treats and how we do it differently from other dog food companies

June 2015 – The When Will My Dog Mature Issue:  Happy 6th Birthday to Romeo! No longer an adolescent dog | How my Juvenile Delinquent Dogs book came to be | What’s the “magic” number for maturity? | Happy birthday Romeo! Our Vizsla turns 3

May 2015 – The Choosing Food For My Dog Issue: How we choose food for our dogs | Dog food recalls and how to protect yourself | How much dog food do I feed

April 2015 – The Digging in the Dirt Issue: How spring gardening may lead to your dog digging and how to prevent it | If your dog digs holes | Is your dog burying a bone or other objects? | Soil amendments for our Colorado farm

March 2015 – The Walking With Your Dog Issue: The walking with your dog issue | How we keep dogs safely secured on leash walks – video

February 2015 – New website and newsletter look | Is Your Dog Biting The Leash?

November 2014 – “Wait” for permission to greet/investigate | Exposure to new things, Halloween version

October 2014 – Is your dog wearing ID? | Ever lost your dog? | The moving wait dog training tip

September 2014 – If your dog digs holes | Guarding bones | Nail trims

August 2014 – When walking your dog is no fun | What are your dog’s motivators or rewards?

July 2014 – Restricted activity after a spay, neuter or other surgery | When your dog “only does it when I have a treat” | Close encounters of the snake variety with our dog | Can dogs be trained not to chase wildlife?

June 2014 – A reliable “drop it” can save a life! | What we feed our dogs | Do you take your dog to dog parks?

May 2014 – Is walking your dog a drag? | What size crate for a puppy? | Who are your dog’s friends?

April 2014 – Training tip – Use it or lose it! | Should dogs be allowed on furniture? | Overcoming fear of novel things
Handling, nail trimming, brushing teeth for your dog

March 2014 – Training tip – your most important “tool” with your dog is patience! | Puppy play – should big and small dogs be separated? | Puppy biting getting worse?

February 2014 – New people & experiences are critical for puppies | Minimizing puppy biting | Puppy bath time – got your rubber ducky?

January  2014 –  Training tip – teach your dog a new holiday trick! | Prepping for a puppy | When to start training a new puppy | Adjusting to a new dog sibling – Romeo and Zuzu

December 2013 – Training tip – teach puppies to enjoy grooming & handling | Your dog is talking – are you listening?

November 2013 – Dog training tip – changing your household rules | Are you a “natural” when it comes to working with dogs? | Does your puppy seem to eat everything – grass, dirt, sticks, rocks?

October 2013 – Choosing the right dog training equipment | Does the weather affect your dog-walking? | What are your household rules?

September 2013 – Training tip – use chilled or frozen treats when it’s hot out! | Do dogs really develop a “taste for blood”? | Breaking a bad habit – for both you and your dog

August 2013 – Ever been to a chiropractor – with your dog? | Do you know the signs of heatstroke in your dog? | Dog training tip – timing is everything! | Hiking with your dog? Keep an eye out for ticks

July 2013 – Do you have an evacuation plan in case of emergency? | Training tip – incorporate quickie training sessions into your dog’s routine

June 2013 – Should dogs greet other dogs when on leash? | Does your dog hate getting a bath? | Which breeds are more likely to be aggressive on leash? | Training tip – chase game with kids and dogs | Kids and puppies go together – or do they?

May 2013 – Eat your veggies, and you can have dessert! | Ever lost your dog? | Help, my dog doesn’t listen when we’re outside!

April 2013 – If you were gone, who would care for your dog? | How good is the quality of your dog food? | Fear of men: do NOT try this at home with your dog!

March 2013 – What is “maintenance” training for your dog and do you need it? | Review of book Homeless People and Their Pets | When should I start working on my dog’s behavior issues?

February 2013 – Is your dog afraid of men, children, or others? | How predictable are you in your dog training sessions? | Should you feed your dog “human” food? | Is your dog reactive toward other dogs when on leash?

January 2013 -How soon can you start training your puppy? | Think your dog will never bite someone?

December 2012 – Product Updates: Member Area for Juvenile Delinquent Dogs Book Owners | Helping a child overcome his fear of dogs | Should you feed your dog before going to training class? | Does your dry dog food contain corn?

November 1, 2012 – Product Updates: Member Area for Juvenile Delinquent Dogs Book Owners | Does our dog have a time limit on his patience or easy-going attitude? | My dog is too distracted in class! | Are dog parks good or bad for your dog? | Is your dog’s diet really complete and balanced?

October 1, 2012 – Product Updates:  Online Training Courses | What does it mean to give your dog “a job”? | I’m glad my dog disobeyed me! | What message are you really conveying to your dog? | Do your emotions impact your dog training?

September 1, 2012 – Product Updates:  Online Training Courses | Are your dog training goals setting you up for failure? | Is your dog a model citizen? | Romeo earns his Advanced Trick Dog Title | Do we expect too much from our adolescent dogs?

August 1, 2012 -Product Updates: Juvenile Delinquent Dogs | Real life tests of off-leash reliability | Does your dog trust you? | Building trust with your dog | Burning off energy in the summer heat with your dogs

June 29, 2012 – Product Updates: Juvenile Delinquent Dogs | Dealing with difficult distractions – wildlife version | What percentage of the time is your dog well-behaved? | How my Juvenile Delinquent Dogs book came to be | Happy birthday Romeo! Our Vizsla turns 3 | Changing our dogs’ bad habits – and ours | I have an article published in the APDT Chronicle of the Dog

June 1, 2012 –  Product Updates: Juvenile Delinquent Dogs | Saying goodbye to our beloved Greyhound, Jahzara | A letter to Cancer | Troubleshooting: when your dog training isn’t working | Help, my dog’s jumping is getting worse!

May 11, 2012 – Our book “Juvenile Delinquent Dogs” is now available! | Preventing possessiveness or resource guarding with puppies | Practice with your dog makes perfect – or at least more pleasant! | When a dog’s arousal is high, it’s hard to make good choices!

April 20, 2012 – What do dogs have to do with the Academy Awards? | When your dog’s “fun tricks” come in handy | Is your dog an escape artist?

March 30, 2012 – Backyard hazards for your pets | Does stress affect the performance of your dog? | What are the consequences for a dog who misbehaves? | What are the consequences for a dog who misbehaves? Part 2 | How good is your dog’s memory?

March 8, 2012 – Training tip – polite greetings from the dog’s perspective | Reduce anxiety by teaching your dog to focus on you | Nipping puppies and mouthy adolescents, part 3

February 17, 2012 – Dog bites news anchor: who is to blame? | Training tip – for nipping  puppies and mouthy adolescent dogs | Nipping puppies and mouthy adolescents, part 2

January 27, 2012 – Are you looking out for your dog’s safety? | Teach your dog opposites (in/out, over/under, and others) | Stop your dog from eating rocks, socks and other non-food items | Teach your dog something new!

January 6, 2012 – Does your dog have trouble with stairs? | Some situations call for a default behavior from our dogs

December 16, 2011 – Set your dog up for success over the holidays! | “Out” is a useful cue with your dog when preparing your holiday meal | The benefits of play for dogs | Successfully training a dog not to chase cars or anything else

November 17, 2011 – What does sheep herding have to do with dog training? Hint: body blocking | Aggression toward other dogs and resources for help | Preventing, treating and diagnosing diabetes in dogs | Safely breaking up a dog fight | Have you heard of the sport of K9 Nosework for dog training? | Are your dog’s chew toys safe?

November 3, 2011 – Training challenges: overcoming “My dog will only come when she wants to” | Addressing separation anxiety in dogs | Offer to participate in a documentary: TRUE LIFE – I HAVE AN OUT OF CONTROL PET | Is your dog jumping on you when you arrive home? Try this! | John Rogerson Seminar provides thought-provoking ideas

October 21, 2011 – Is this a behavior or a medical issue? | Is your dog suddenly afraid of familiar things?

October 7, 2011 – What causes our strong connection to dogs? | Going “green” for your dog

September 21, 2011 – Walking can be such a drag | Modern wolves and domestic dogs are distantly related | Autism, oxytocin and dogs | Is my dog being “dominant”?

September 1, 2011 – Does our connection to animals make us human | The domestication of dogs | Good dental health can prolong your dog’s life, says article in Prevention Magazine | “Alpha wolf” – reality or myth?

August 18, 2011 – Where Did Momma Go? | Top 10 Warning Signs of Cancer in Pets | Behavioral signs of cancer in dogs | Links and Social Stream Activity

August 3, 2011 – How I Use Off-Leash Control With My Dog – Video | Training tip – cool dog treats for hot summer days | “Dog training” works on people too! | What’s the “magic” number for maturity?