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Stacy Braslau-Schneck Offers 5 Puppy Priorities

What most people consider “standard dog training” — like teaching “sit” and “come” and “stay” — can be taught at any time. But when you have a new puppy, there are other concepts for your puppy to learn that are actually more important and more time-critical than these classic commands and ideas. So as a professional dog trainer, I believe there are five truly important priorities for a new puppy. They are: housetraining, play biting, chewing, socialization, and alone …

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Stacy Braslau-Schneck Gives Tips for Spot-on Recal

Getting your dog to come to you when you call her is a fundamental obedience goal, and it can even save your dog’s life. But it’s sometimes hard to teach; here are some tips to make it easier. Three important things to know: Your dog needs to understand what she’s supposed to do, and why it’s worth her while to do it. After that, it’s a question of drilling it under gradually increasing levels of difficulty so that the response becomes as automatic as a good driver’s response to …

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Beast of the Bay 2019

Hooray for All Things Dog Party time. Pull out your party hats and noisemakers and crack open a bottle of bubbly to celebrate Bay Woof’s 2019 Beast of the Bay winners. Kudos and congratulations are in order for this year’s 100 winners in our annual celebration of all things dog. This makes No. 11 in our annual contest. This year’s poll began with a call for reader-nominated candidates on our online ballot in April. After readers had a chance to nominate their favorites, we set up a …

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Muttville Fan

Thanks for including Muttville’s Bunny Rosenberg in this month’s issue. [“Fosters Find Forever Homes,” June.] —Patty Stanton Gratitude Thanks, Bay Woof [“It All Started With a Cat,” May]. I’m excited, proud and honored. And the cover [May] was a lovely surprise! It’s looks awesome :-) Thank you. —Tonya Perme   Thank you so much [“Sharing the Joy of Pets,” May]. —Barbara Brady-Smith Thank you so much.   The article [“Capturing the Light …

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Catscapes Founder Likes Article

Kitty Playthings The article [“Cat’s Love 3-D Playgrounds at Home,” March] is beautiful. I finally saw it for the first time, both in print and online. Thank you so much. I’m also posting it as an update on our Kickstarter page, which will bring national and even international attention to Bay Woof. Perhaps not in giant numbers at first, but it’s not gonna hurt. —Aaron Feldman, Catscapes   Fostering Works Did you catch our recent article [“Fostering Really Does Save …

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Words to Live By

Where do you find your inspiration? This month’s cover photographer Ellen Shershow finds hers mostly in dogs, she says, and that’s probably true for many Bay Woof readers. Wiley leads me to be more attuned to the here and now. When she’s curled up by my desk, she conveys calm sereneness. When she sploots, she seems goofy, gangly, and silly, which makes me smile and feel happy. We are still getting to know each other. And while I’ve had a few dogs, I still make many mistakes with …

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Loved the Adopting Ruby Dawn Story

Love Story A terrific story about adoption from #EmptyTheShelters featured in the January issue of Bay Woof [“Adopting Ruby Dawn: A Tale of Reluctant Love”]. Thanks to Bissell Pet Foundation and Cathy Bissell for making this possible. Berkeley Humane   Treating Anxiety Our very own Dr. Gadd talks about managing anxiety in dogs like Viggo, who was evacuated from a shelter during the summer Carr Fire to make room for lost animals to be reunited with their owners. Read more about …

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Claim Your Space to Stop Unwanted Jumping

One of the most common goals of dog training clients is to teach their dogs to greet people politely. If you have a dog that loves to meet people and shows this love by leaping all over your guests, this advice is for you! First, let’s briefly discuss why dogs do this. Basically, there are two factors: They want to greet us face to face, and they’ve been accidentally rewarded for this with attention. Think about when a tiny puppy reaches out to us. Very few of us are willing (or able) to …

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Putting an End to Barking at Skateboards

You’re enjoying a lovely walk with your dog, when all of a sudden, it appears— skateboarder! You tense as your dog gathers herself, lunges, and barks, straining to chase and maybe catch that horrifying apparition. You feel annoyed, frustrated, and embarrassed. What do you do? Fortunately, the science of training can help you out. Reward the “look at that” moment: Believe it or not, there is probably a brief moment when your dog focuses on the skateboarder but has not yet over-reacted …

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Beast of the Bay Awards 2016

1. Best thing to happen to Bay Area dogs in 2015 GGNRA is still available for off-leash dog walking. (as of 12/31/15) The new dog policy management practices limit off-leash areas in GGNRA. But off-leash dog walking is still allowed at Fort Funston, Crissy Field, Ocean Beach, Fort Mason, and Rodeo Beach. Runners up Dog-friendly patios were legalized in San Mateo County. Cleaning up the Albany Bulb. The opening of Taylor Mountain Regional Park in Santa Rosa. The San Francisco SPCA/Pets Unlimited …

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Why I Love Clicker Training

I love to teach clicker training, largely because it doesn’t involve scolding, punishment, or other aversive reactions when either the dog or the trainer makes a mistake. People and their pets can make quick progress in training without risking any harm to their relationship.  There are many other reasons why clicker training is a wonderful tool. Consider the following. It is easy to get startedAll you need to begin is a clicker and some kind of reward that your furry friend will work …

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Doggy Zen

One of my favorite exercises for new students or clients is called Doggy Zen. Here’s how it works: I hold a nice smelly treat in each hand. One hand I put behind my back or hold up close to my chest, the other I close up into a fist and present just in front of the dog’s nose. I wait patiently for the dog to give up trying to lick, gnaw, and paw at my hand to get the treat she knows is in there. The moment she stops, I click my clicker or say “Yes!” and deliver the treat …

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Dream Dog, November 2011

For the second year running, we asked some friends of Bay Woof to tell us about their best-ever dogs as a Thanksgiving tribute to the human-canine bond. Their stories are moving and inspiring, and just might convince you to add another “dream dog” to your pack.  Lots of great dogs await adoption at your local shelter or rescue group. Lilly Submitted by Nancy McKenney, Marin Humane Society CEO marinhumanesociety.org My last dog, a Golden Retriever mix named Lilly, ranks as one of my …

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Good Dog! January 2012

One proactive solution to many typical dog problems is to set up a “Doggy Success Station.”  This is a particular place that is set aside for the dog to relax in, and that uses some sort of physical restraint (at least initially).  While at her Success Station, the dog is directed to do something which is incompatible with something else you don’t want the dog to do.  Success Stations combine dog trainers’ two favorite methods of dealing with unwanted …

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WAG, January 2012

Hello Bay Woof readers. We hope your holidays were festive and that you’re looking forward to the fresh, new 2012. 2011 brought the gamut of emotions to our humble office staff, including a great loss of one of our own.  We didn’t send any holiday greeting cards this year but feel lucky to have received so many, along with condolences for the loss of our dear Tad Toomay, Bay Woof’s Herb Canine columnist. See excerpts from some favorite Herb columns collected by editor …

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