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By Liz R. Kover
Animal Assisted Activities Director Marleys Mutts Dog Rescue 

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 father in terms of God relative to His creations, I feel the interpretation of human being as teacher to canine student applies as well. In a sense, Humanity is the "higher power" whose genetic experiment is responsible for over 400 distinguishable domestic dog breeds. While we are not biological parents to the puppies we bring home at eight weeks old (or the older dogs we rescue from the shelter), we are the "adoptive parents" who take over as guides and guardians from the moment we begin calling them ours. We are responsible for, at the very least, keeping our dogs alive. More appropriately, we are to keep them thriving. It is our honor and responsibility to empower our dogs to live well. In expecting them to shine, trusting in their abilities to do so, and teaching them how, we give our dogs the motivation and opportunity to be the very best versions of themselves they can be.

As a dog trainer and behavior consultant, my goal is to help you and your dogs get the very most out of the special relationship you share so that the learning, growing, and living well elements of your partnership are reciprocal, and working effectively at both ends of the leash.

This is why, from now on, I want to write about what you want to know about! Please send dog related questions or concerns directly to me at and I'll do my best to answer as many as possible right here in our bi-monthly column in The Loop!

Looking forward to hearing from you!


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