Author Archive: Drew Webster

Freedom Near the Fringe

Freedom Near the Fringe

There is a pure sense of freedom when your dog leaves the sidewalk, passes the groomed soccer fields, past the pesticide, escapes the astro-turf and finds the fringe. I am talking about the tall un-mowed grass where wild flowers and thistles grow. This a place every dog knows. It holds the best odor, it’s dripping […]

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  May 19, 2017   No comments
A Guide to Adopting a Shelter Dog

A Guide to Adopting a Shelter Dog

One of the dogs’ greatest abilities is to be able to adapt to new environments. This takes a tremendous amount of resilience, it is so important to give your new pet time to adjust. Shelter dogs are so unique, their backgrounds are varied and you will need to understand behavior is an ever-changing fluid concept. […]

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  April 29, 2017   No comments
Get Lost, You Might Find Yourself

Get Lost, You Might Find Yourself

There are so many fascinating aspects to pet ownership it boggles the mind when you try to break down the complexity of keeping a pet. At the core of this desire is the human-animal bond. This is a true desire and meaningful connection between two different species which serves an evolved function of meeting our […]

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  April 19, 2017   No comments
Sitting in Limbo

Sitting in Limbo

By Eric Gillaspy, CPDT-KA People say that saying goodbye to our pets is the hardest part.  A lot of times they are right. But, sometimes waiting to say goodbye is even worse.  Sometimes, we have to make painful decisions about our pets and sometimes those decisions are thankfully not necessary. I have had the pleasure […]

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  February 13, 2017   No comments
The Key is Teaching SKILLS not SUPPRESSION

The Key is Teaching SKILLS not SUPPRESSION

It’s time you start thinking about your dog’s behavior as a rich, ever-changing, totally fluid, entity that relies on cognition, genes, and individual experiences within the environment. Do yourself a favor, if you have ever watched a tv show about dog behavior or heard people at your local dog park describing dog behavior… forget it. […]

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  December 30, 2016   No comments
A Walk To Remember

A Walk To Remember

The air is cold and crisp. The grass in the field is covered with frost tips. Geese flutter overhead and squawk their protest to our presents. The tips of my ears are cold to the touch. My Visions blurred has my eyes frequently well up with water. I take her for the last walk she’ll […]

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  December 13, 2016   No comments
Adaptability is the key to your dogs success

Adaptability is the key to your dogs success

Survival of the fittest means being the most able to cope and succeed in the environment it finds itself in. Every day I see resilience in the animals at the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley where I work. Most have been either displaced from their environment after being relinquished, found or basically captured […]

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  November 29, 2016   No comments
Do The Math: Self-Rewarding Behavior Adds Up

Do The Math: Self-Rewarding Behavior Adds Up

By: Eric Gillaspy, CPDT-KA Dogs have barked at things going by since the beginning of things going by.  People used to think dogs barked at the mailman because of the uniform.  “It must be that uniform”, we said.  Then, we started to realize that dogs barked at everything going by, so we assumed that those […]

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  November 2, 2016   No comments