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It’s Not The Dog; It’s You

How many times have you heard pet owners scold their dog in an angry voice?

“Bad dog, what have you done?”

Most often than not, the dog, taking its cue from the tone of the voice, manages to look guilty. Dogs are great in this; they do look like they’re genuinely sorry for the mayhem they’ve caused. However, back to the topic of bad dogs. What is really a bad dog?

As a pet owner, you need to know that you’re responsible for your pet’s behavior. It’s fair to say that you can’t control everything they do, but more often than not there is a causality link between a good dog and a skilled pet owner. Indeed, next time you are scolding your pet for chewing your shoes or breaking furniture you need to ask yourself what you should have done to prevent it in the first place. Yep, the truth is that there are no bad dogs, only bad owners.

Your dog bites someone

The golden rule that every pet owner needs to remember is that whatever your dog does, you are responsible. For instance, if you take your dog to a friend’s house and your pet accidentally breaks something, your friend might expect you to pay for the damage. Similarly, if your dog attacks someone, you will be the first in line to face the law – and it’s crucial that you work with experts on this instance. Indeed, if you’re involved in a dog-related incident, you should let this firm solve your legal problems. Similarly, if your dog is the one facing charges, finding an expert who can talk and negotiate with the legal representant of the victim can not only help to manage expenses but also potentially save your dog’s life.  

Lyme disease is a real risk

You might have heard of Lyme disease as an infectious disease caused by ticks which can lead to fever, headache, chronic tiredness, and even facial nerve paralysis. In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the most common tick-related disease. Ticks, unfortunately, are everywhere. It’s not uncommon to get bitten while you were taking a stroll in the woodland. But, it’s precise because they know ticks are present in nature that most people use preventative sprays to deter bugs. But don’t forget that ticks can also jump on your dog and then affect you in your home when you’re at your most vulnerable. Don’t blame it on the dog, though! It’s your role to keep the fleas off the back of your furry friend, using shampoos and consistent grooming. Ultimately, flea control protects both your dog and your family from Lyme disease!

The dog ate my favorite shoes

Puppies are just as sweet as they are destructive. They can leave an expensive path of damages behind them! For first-time pet owners, it’s a harsh wake-up call. Indeed, the adorable ball of fluff they’ve chosen to adopt is a heartless shoe-chewer. And it was your favorite and most expensive pair! What is wrong with the dog? Nothing is wrong with your puppy. Some dogs like to keep your smell close by when you leave them alone during the day. Others might have developed bad habits from a young age – and it’s your fault! You need to train your dog not to eat your belongings. The first rule is not to offer your dog an old shoe to play with; he won’t be able to tell the difference between your expensive Italian leather pumps and the old sneaker you gave him. Additionally, you need the patience to train him out of a bad habit, using positive rewards only!

Train the dog to chew his toys

Your dog barks to communicate, so listen

Bad dog, will you stop barking?

No, he won’t. So you need to understand what your dog is trying to tell you instead of scolding him. Dogs need to communicate, and barking is one of their favorite methods. It’s their language, and while you only hear an irritating noise, you have to imagine that your dog is using words to talk to you. The problem is that you haven’t learned how to speak dog. Therefore, you need to unravel the mystery to help him: Why does he bark? Some dogs bark because they want something from you, others are anxious about a situation, and others are just excited. Decypher the emotion through the context to react accordingly and stop scolding your pet.

More often than not, pet owners who fail to take responsibility for their pet can face a lot of issues, from legal complications is the dog becomes aggressive to expensive damages at home. The better you understand and train your pet, the easier it is to transform your bad dog into a good boy that everybody loves!

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Houston: No More Problems

January 1999

It was a horrible time. I was confused, depressed, and felt rejected by family, friends, and seriously doubted my sanity. Good things came out of that time: I found the woman I am married to still, I started writing again, and I got a new dog. For nearly 10 years, he was one of my best friends.

A friend offered me a room for rent in Prescott, Arizona. She came to pick me up from where I was staying in Phoenix, and had a dog with her. He had no place to sit for the hour and a half journey but on my lap. A friendship started. One eventually filled with hours of fetch, walks, petting, and old age.

Houston was a mutt. I’m not sure how old he was when I got him, and different vets had different guesses, but he was about 3 or 4. I’m sure he was abused, by the way he flinched the first time I grabbed a broom. He didn’t like to be inside much, preferring the freedom and the smells of the outdoors. But that dog would fetch anything I threw, and play the game until I made him stop. His nose was amazing. I even got him one of these.

HyperdogNovember 28, 2008

It was my birthday. Black Friday, and Houston is almost blind. We were living down the street from Walmart. He still played fetch, still managed to find his way around, but this morning he got out of the back yard, and I couldn’t find him.

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Someone already had. A lady in a Toyota, on her way to find a bargain. She hit him, and took him to the humane society down the road. At least she did that much. He didn’t make it.

My other dog, a lab named Indy, helped me deal with Houston’s passing. It took me a long time to get over it.

September 2012

I was challenged to write a novel. It turned into a thriller about a man and a dog. The whole time I wrote it, I thought of Houston, and how much he helped me through a dark time in my life. A dog named Sparky jumped out of my imagination and onto the page.

March 2014

Stray Ally will be released this spring by Tirgearr Publishing. A strange accident on the freeway, accusations of murder, and an encounter in the Idaho wilderness all propel Todd Clarke into a new friendship with a dog named Sparky. But Sparky is no ordinary dog, and there is more going on than Clarke could have imagined.

A military commander he investigated for Aryan activity and links to domestic terrorism is after him, and he’s not sure why until another chance encounter provides the answer.

With Sparky and the help of his canine friends, will he be able to figure out the Colonel’s plan and stop him in time? All Clarke knows for sure is none of it would be possible without the help of his Stray Ally.

And now, when you read the dedication, you will understand who I am talking about.

To my dog, Houston. You were my best friend for a long time, and have been gone for a while, but I still miss you. Here’s hoping you are chasing a ball somewhere in doggie heaven, where there is no more doggie blindness and your nose is a strong as ever.

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