The Dog’s Diary – Insight Into A Dog’s Mind

The Dog’s Diary – Insight Into A Dog’s Mind

You’ve probably already seen this hilarious guess at what dogs and cats are thinking. (It went viral recently on Facebook, and if you don’t have a Facebook account then you probably don’t have electricity.) It is funny – but as they say, “funny because it’s true”. Because beneath the humor lies what I consider to […]

Dog Collar Round-Up, Part V: The Glorious Martingale

Dog Collar Round-Up, Part V: The Glorious Martingale

Ok, really it’s just called a “Martingale” collar – the “glorious” part was added by me. Because I love and use this type of collar so much! A Martingale is worn around the neck like a traditional flat-buckle collar, but unlike the traditional kind you have to put it on by slipping it over the […]

Dog Collar Round-Up, Part IV: The Gentle Leader Head Halter

Dog Collar Round-Up, Part IV: The Gentle Leader Head Halter

The “Gentle Leader” is one of the most popular forms of head-halter. (Other versions include the Halti and the Canny Collar; most of the points I make here about the Gentle Leader apply to them as well.) A head-halter slips over the dog’s nose, allowing the leash to lead and control the dog’s head itself […]

Dog Collar Round-Up, Part III: Slip/Choke and Prong Collars

Dog Collar Round-Up, Part III: Slip/Choke and Prong Collars

Slip collars, or “chokers”, are a standard of “old-school” dog training. They are so-called because the collar passes through its own loop and “slips” into a tighter position when either the dog pulls or the handler pulls on the leash – thus “choking” the dog. I prefer the term “slip” because “choke” has bad connotations […]

Dog Collar Round-Up, Part II: The Front-Clip Harness

Dog Collar Round-Up, Part II: The Front-Clip Harness

Front-Clip Harness The next dog walking system I want to review is a current favorite among dog trainers: the front-clip harness. Like the traditional harness, the front-clip harness fits around the shoulders, front legs, and over the back of the dog. Unlike the traditional version however, the leash doesn’t attach above the dog’s shoulders, but […]