Friday, March 26, 2010

Gracie goes swimming

Gracie is swimming at CRCG (Canine Rehabilitation and Conditioning Group).  She did very well, although she is rather lazy about it.  She’ll just float if given the opportunity. These photos come from her first session.  Today she had her second session and she decided that barely flicking her paws would suffice.  The life vest was keeping her up.  But darn that clever therapist, she switched her into a harness that didn’t float.  Then she had to work!  Her first session was 10 minutes.  This one was 15 minutes.  Afterward, she is frisky and seems to have enjoyed it.  Or maybe she is just happy to have survived.  It’s good for her to get exercise like this.

Dog Swimming Dog Swimming

Swimming is hard work! Worn out!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

5 Steps to Help Your Dog Conquer His Fear

This short book – just 29 pages – by Patricia McConnell offers owners of fearful dogs five steps for conquering their fears. It uses classical counter conditioning to address behavioral problems motivated by fear.

Follow these 5 steps and you can help your dog with anything he is afraid of.

Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.
The Cautious Canine: How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears