Well, hello there stranger. Is it OK if I join you?
It’s been a long, long time since we last saw each other.
I’m sorry I didn’t write, but I want you to know that I think about you all the time.
It’s just that with the job and the other job and the job on top of that and the grad school and the old dog peeing on everything, I haven’t been able to think of anything to write during my five minutes of free time that I spend lying on the floor.
I’m embarrassed to admit that it was me who sent you that random text in January. You know, the one that said: SEND ALL THE COOKIES.
Can we just forget about that? Thanks, you’re a real friend.
Anywho, we’ve got some serious some catching up to do, don’t we?
First things first:
Imagine that a professional dog trainer, a veterinary behaviorist, a social worker, and a dog walker all offered to answer your most pressing questions about living with a reactive, fearful, aggressive, or just plain old weird dog.
What would you ask them?
I want to know. Tell me in the comments section.
Here’s why: I’m interviewing some pros for the upcoming DINOS online mini-class that I’ll be offering later this year and I want to make sure I ask them what you want to know.
I’m creating this class to help you guys feel less stressed, more connected to your dogs, and more empowered with good info. Plus you’ll have private discussion boards to talk with each other. Wheee!
The DINOS class isn’t a dog training class, although the info will pair nicely with any dog training you might be doing.
The class will include, among other things, a few recorded interviews with professionals who really understand the challenges you’re facing and have good advice we all need to hear.
So you tell me what questions you have for a: professional dog trainer, social worker who runs a support group for people who live with dogs who have behavior issues, and veterinary behaviorist.
I’ll choose a few of your questions to ask when I sit down to talk with them!
Speaking of questions…
And now for my most favorite thing ever: I’m answering the questions I get through my search results. I haven’t done this in years, but I love it and I wanted another round.
Here’s how it works:
When you type words into a search engine, like Google, results will pop up. If you click on a blog that came up in those search results, then the writer of the blog will see the exact words (the search terms) that you typed into the search engine, which led you to their blog post. Bloggers get a whole long list of the “search term results” that led people to their site.
These search terms crack me up. Sometimes they make me sad. And lots of times they’re good questions that deserve to be answered!
Without further ado, here’s a lightening round of search term Q+A:
“List of names for a pit bull dog”
What can I say, I like carbs and old people. And rear ends.
“Dog licking its balls”
To clarify, are you looking for photos or advice? Or is that you’re so stressed out by that awful slurping noise, which distracts you while you try to write important emails, that you were looking for an online support group? Help me to help you. Also, here’s the best ball licking cartoon out there.
“Why my dog doesn’t stand up for himself.”
“Is it bad to let a dog dictate its life to you?”
It depends. Do you have an app to record them telling you their life story or will you have to take the dictation by hand? Because I can’t write as fast as my dog talks, so it would be a bad call for me personally. But maybe you’re a court stenographer, in which case you have the necessary skills to record your dog’s epic stories of relentless ball licking and how they learned to stand up for themselves when other dogs made fun of them for being named Tushie.
“I am a dog owner in Ireland but hate people with multiple dogs that are not kept on leashes and cant control them.”
Matching! Except I’m in America. Let’s be pen pals!
“tradmil for dog practice and make metirial Punjab”
Terrific! I’ll see you at 7.
Did your dog tell you to write that?
I sure do miss you guys. Remember, tell me what you want me to ask the smart kids when I interview them. Put those questions right in the comments for me to read!
Oh, and if you want to be the first to know when the DINOS class will run, please sign up for updates here! I’ll only email you about class info…no spam, ever.