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Behavior Consultation vs. Dog Training

Pets
I get so many calls that start like this, “Hi, I need my dog trained, how long will it take?” When I start to ask some questions about the dog and what their goals are, I find they actually want a behavior consultation.

TNR Comes to Nairobi (In a Limited Capacity) But It’s a Start

Pets
I am currently trying to fundraise for those that can’t afford to spay/neuter. I also need a few more cat traps for large colonies and I also want to purchase a few dog traps. I have my eyes on a few male dogs that stay near schools, dukas, roadside lunch and stands.

Why I Love Facebook and How That Has Anything To Do With Dogs!

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I use FB for sharing knowledge of all things DOG. I usually post a dog funny or two, I post dogs lost or found, I post training and behavior articles and the VERY BEST part of FB is still seeing "my" dogs all over the world.

Kick Off of RASAST (Ruhila Adatia Sood Animal Support Trust)

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The RASAST fund was established to keep the memory of Ruhila alive in a way she would have appreciated. Ruhila and her unborn child lost their lives in the Westage Attack, nearly a year ago. During her life she was a great supporter of animal welfare, caring for neglected and abused animals.

From Rescue Dog to Working K9

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Having raised 6 Labradors for currency and drug detection for U.S. Customs, I knew the drive and the attachment to a particular toy could indicate a good working dog. I called the President of LRCP and asked her if any Police Departments were looking for detector dogs.

Tips for Becoming a Good Dog Walker

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Dogs want to walk to sniff and to leave their mark. They absolutely should be able to do these things on a walk, but they have to be able to walk nicely so everybody gets something from the walk. If your dog is horrible on the leash, it wrecks your back and shoulders and you won’t want to walk it again.

When Dogs Get Too Protective

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An elderly woman was feeling poorly, a possible heart attack. She knew her Doberman wouldn’t let anyone close to her so she called for an ambulance, and then tried to close the dog into the house while she went into the garage to wait for help. The Doberman pushed past her and got into the garage with her...

How Dogs Learn

Pets
Dogs don’t arrive on this planet knowing any human words, let alone basic training commands.

Brown Eyes Finds a Home (A 5 Star Home, I Might Add)

Pets
Friday the 13th was a lucky day for Brown Eyes! I received a phone call from clients of mine asking to meet Brown Eyes, they saw one of my posts about her and thought she might be a good match for the family. I can’t rescue every dog here that needs it but the few I can are most certainly appreciative!

Dogs as Security

Pets
Unfortunately, I am also hearing about a big increase in dogs getting poisoned! You lock up and go to sleep at night thinking your askari is out there on duty, but in fact he is asleep. The askari is counting on the dog to bark and wake him but the dog is dead or incapacitated from poison.

The Frustration of Working with People

Pets
The hardest part of training dogs is knowing that the goal is really to train the people. I get frustrated when people want their dog’s behavior to change, yet the people are unwilling to do the work.

Basic Useful Dog Training Commands

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Dogs can learn many words, commands or names of objects. Dogs that get a lot of training and interaction have learned 200 words. A study in the US using a Border Collie found that the dog could learn an amazing 1,022 words, objects or commands.

Dogs (and Cat) Looking for Homes

Pets
Tis the season for dog rehoming. Many expats are starting to depart as the end of their tour rolls around meaning dogs looking for new homes. Please email me for interest on any dog on the list, I can answer more questions or put you in touch with the current owners so you may meet the dog and see if the dog is the right match for you family!

Funny Pet Texts in Honour of the Raha App

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In honor of the new Raha phone app, a funny, light reading column where I am not preaching the gospel of dog for once! If my phone were ever found by a person that didn't know me, someone would have a real laugh! Below I give a sample of some of the texts that stand out in my memory.

Smart People, Bad Choices

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I know I shouldn’t be surprised anymore but I am still surprised when I meet people that are much educated, and yet they have fallen for buying a puppy from a puppy mill. They have even fallen hook, line and sinker for the all the lies of the seller.

Operation Brown Eyes, Part 2

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We left off last week with the little brown dog being trapped less than 20 minutes after the trap was set. This was after me feeding her periodically and trying and failing to catch her for nearly a year.

Operation Brown Eyes, Part 1

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For the past year or so I have seen a little brown dog in my lane, the first time she appeared, she was approximately 4 to 5 months old and not only very thin but very much a puppy. She was staying in our neighborhood somewhere, but not being taken care of...

The Kenya Vet Board Making Changes for the Better

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I have written columns about the quacks operating with impunity here in Kenya.

Moving With Pets

Pets
It's turnover time again, I know because my phone, email and Facebook account have been blowing up with enquiries about buying crates, shippers, vaccinations etc. If you are due to leave in the next couple months, start with your vet.

City Council Dog License...It's that time of year again

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Does your dog have his 2014 City Council Dog License? It’s required that all dogs over 6 months of age must be registered by City Council receive a tag and pay the license fee of 1000 Ksh.