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 By Liz R. Kover    Community    August 5, 2017 

Phasing out food rewards in dog training

B.T. writes, "I'm trying to train my dog to do basic commands like sit and lay down, and at first he was doing great. But now, no matter how many cookies I give him, he seems distracted and won't...

 

Aggressive behavior

L.J. from Stallion Springs, writes, "What are some signs of aggression in dogs? How can I diagnose my dog's behavior as aggressive?" Dear L.J., Thanks for your question! First, a disclaimer: While I...

 

Cow tales!

Friday, July 14, was National Cow Day. This made me think of a story. Here goes. Did I ever tell you about the time George and I were volunteering at Wildlife Waystation in the mountains north of Los...

 

Canine Companions for Independence delivers life-changing freedom

Here is lovely Melissa Billingsley from Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) with her amazing service pup "Hiltie" during their visit to the beautiful BeeKay Theater. Hiltie's job? "Hearing Dog"...

 

Help with personal space

Nina R. of Tehachapi writes, "My dog Jackson, a Jack Russell terrier mix, follows me everywhere; he might as well be my shadow. He can't even be in the backyard by himself without scratching on the...

 

dog days of summer returns

From June to September, Souza Family Vineyard hosts the Dog Days of Summer. Once a month people and their furry friends come out and show their support to a nonprofit organization which helps dogs...

 

Local esteemed therapy dog passes away

Kern County's only Disaster Stress Relief Dog died on Sunday, May 7. Sir Duke, 9, died after serving in countless loving capacities during his lifetime in Tehachapi. He will be remembered for his...

 
 By Liz R. Kover    Community    May 27, 2017

Ask a trainer!

M.B. writes, “My dog constantly wants to lick my hands and face! I don’t mind some kisses, but once she starts licking, she doesn’t know when to stop. Correcting her only seems to make it...

 
 By Liz R. Kover    Community    May 13, 2017

It's a Dog's Life

Alexander the Great said, "I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well." While undoubtedly he was referring to a human father and his biological progeny, and/or he meant f...

 

It's that time of year again

I walk the ranch every morning and every night just to check and make sure all is well with the critters. It is a peaceful time and I enjoy the quiet time to just visit with my friends the animals....

 

Marley's Mutts Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinic May 13

The first clinic will be in conjunction with Kern County Animal Services and San Joaquin Veterinary Hospital, Marley's is offering a low-cost spay and neuter clinics in outlying areas of Kern County,...

 

Brad Lundberg still in the saddle after 60 years

The old cowboy, these are not words that you would use to describe Brad Lundberg. Yes, he spent most of his life in the saddle. Yes, he has trained many young cowboys to cut and sort and rope cattle....

 

Fitness, the 'frisky' way

Do most of us look back at our experiences in middle school PE with fondness and pride? Or do we cringe, remembering all-too-painfully the emotional torture of being picked last for a team; or...

 

Canine Creek's fundraiser exceeds expectations

On Saturday afternoon, April 8, Canine Creek was crowded with adults, kids and dogs as new owner, Kellie Dudivoir, celebrated the grand re-opening. Wanting to do something special at the event,...

 

EFBC's Spring Twilight Tour is here

EFBC's Feline Conservation Center will host the first of three Twilight Tours of 2017 on Saturday evening, April 29. Guests are invited to visit the center during evening hours to discover what wild c...

 

Saturdays at the ranch

Saturdays at the ranch begin with total chaos. In addition to our regular chores, we go to special lengths to make sure everything is super clean so our visitors have a great time. We begin at 7:30 a.m. by making sure all the animals have clean water...

 

Tehachapi Western Bluebird trail report

Guest Speaker Karen Pestana will present her annual report on the Tehachapi bluebird nest box program at the Audubon-Tehachapi meeting, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Golden Hills...

 

Why it's important to keep your dog guessing

Dogs thrive when their lives include a balance of predictability and spontaneity. I believe the same is true for us humans, which is reason #4,325 why we and dogs make great life partners. If your...

 

New again

Every year, we get to start over. We call it NEW Year. It is a chance for a fresh start. There is just something about that word, NEW. Maybe it is remembering getting NEW shoes when you were a kid...

 

Bark for Life 2017, April 22

The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of our Canine Caregivers. It presents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their...

 

An update on Fred

First of all, I can hardly deal with how precious Fred's face is in this picture; the sweetness is almost too much to bear. Even better is what the image represents, which is a relaxed, calm, and...

 

After Dark Red Light Tours at EFBC's Feline Conservation Center

On Saturday evening, Feb. 25, 2017, the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound's Feline Conservation Center will be hosting "After Dark Red Light Tours at EFBC," a special opportunity for guests to visit...

 

'The Jolly Routine'

"The Jolly Routine" is a term coined by the renowned canine behaviorist William Campbell. It means a pet parent "acts" relaxed and happy, even in moments they may feel otherwise, as a way of...

 

Be the change

As a dog trainer, I find my job is both freshly challenging with each new case, and simultaneously, somewhat predictable. While each individual dog and dog guardian are unique and different, similar...

 

The human-canine feedback loop

When someone mentions therapy dogs, naturally called to mind are scenarios in which dogs bring comfort to people in need of a little extra. While this aspect of therapy dogs’ job description is...

 

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