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Why I Live in Montana

Almost to a “man”, my out-of-state clients always ask me why I live in Montana. Then they pause and look at me as if I, perhaps, have escaped and am seeking asylum.

June 1st, 2013
A Tale of Two Shelters

Here then are videos of two, diametrically opposed shelters and how their approaches, knowledge, implementation of that knowledge, and dedication to the true welfare of the dogs is playing out:

February 2nd, 2013
JAZZ: Homeward Bound

Jazz was returned to her FP yesterday. It was time as she was ready. She has come a long way and the FP has really worked hard to ensure that the house and the dogs in it are at the …

January 5th, 2013
JAZZ: A VERY Merry Christmas

The true test of a dog’s behavioral knowledge comes when he is placed in a pressure situation. Jazz is living proof of this. Jazz had a GOOD Christmas day.

December 26th, 2012
JAZZ: Continued Improvement

Jazz continues to improve and her social skills are becoming settled and dependable. It means she’s beginning to trust her world enough to engage in independence and use her new found trust to test some limits.

December 23rd, 2012
Jazz Rehab: Week 2

Jazz has come a long way, but still has some fairly severe issues. She is beginning, however, to remember how to be a dog. I know that sounds odd, but she really didn’t know HOW to be a dog. Sentimentality by humans made her crazy.

December 14th, 2012
JAZZ: Rehab Days 5 – 7

DAY 5/Tuesday: It was a long day for everyone. I had three dogs to work in town (6 hrs of consultations) and Jazz and my two had to stay home. Jazz had to stay in the crate as it’s way …

December 7th, 2012
JAZZ: Diary of Rehabing a Dog

I meant to begin this on Friday when she arrived, but I’ve been a tad busy with other dogs, life, etc. I first worked with Jazz about 2 or 3 weeks ago in a private consultation. She was a mess, …

December 4th, 2012
AFL-CIO Open Letter

The following is an open letter to all Union members of the AFL-CIO (Animal Federation of Labor—Cats Inside Outside): It has come to my attention that during my leave of absence you chose to abjure the time-honored code of work ethics contracted between you, hereinafter referred to as “The Cats” and me, hereinafter referred to as “The Boss”. The Boss is NOT amused.

September 22nd, 2012
Dogs That Have Gone Postal

My goal, you ask? To find postal stamps, issued by country, which had dogs on them.

August 11th, 2012
Elephant Whisperer: Homage by Friends to Lawrence Anthony

Lawrence Anthony was a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books, including the bestseller, “The Elephant Whisperer”. He bravely rescued wildlife and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe from human atrocities. Anthony, known for his unique ability to …

August 5th, 2012
Respecting, Learning From, and Listening Is Key to Great Relationships

A relationship is KNOWING the other person/animal in the relationship equation so well as to understand, without words, the emotions being experienced, evidenced, and the correct emotional responses wanted and needed in order to communicate a response — good, bad, or indifferent — at any given moment for a desired result. It is THIS paramount skill which is missing from the human-dog relationship.

July 7th, 2012
Dogs, Skunks, and the Return From the Working Vacation

But, this entry will deal with my return to the real world. And it got ugly this morning. The only reason I can recount this with any irony, and hopefully humor, is that I’m downing a mint julep as a consolation. This morning I opened the door to the porch, both dogs sat and waited to be released outside.

June 29th, 2012
Dog Daycare in Atlanta — We Got a Report Card FGS

Today was everything I feared and riddled with additional unexpected shocks.

May 20th, 2012
Crazy Owner Behavior Guide; State-by-State

While what I’m about to list here in no way is indicative of ALL owners within a state, it is snippets of what I experienced while within that particular state.

May 20th, 2012
Saturday Dogs

You are all living testimonies to handling dogs right!

April 14th, 2012
Man’s Earliest Use of the Dog: A Conjecture

It has always been stated that man, once he began to use dogs, used them (and this is often simply inferred or told as basic fact) to attack animals and kill them for us in the process of the hunt. Yet I don’t think that’s true. Let’s work backwards.

April 10th, 2012
Will Ferrell — Shows What Dog Training/Trainers Taught HIM

For me, it’s too funny. Ferrell, known for his satire, has hit the mark dead-on. With a keen eye and a rapier wit he has trainers pegged perfectly, right from the get-go. How the talk is about “helping” owners, “behavior”, …

March 23rd, 2012
Know Thy Pet

How well do people REALLY know the animal they harbor in their homes? If this video is any indication, not well at all. But consider this, the frog is better at the game than humans. The human is not smart enough to not piss-off the frog.

March 15th, 2012
It’s Not How A Dog Looks, But What’s Inside That Matters.

If “you are what you eat” is a truism, then these dogs are in terrible shape. The x-rays show a wide range of strange things eaten by dogs.

December 8th, 2011
Top 10 Dog STDs

STDs, in this case SOCIALLY transmitted disease(s), that dogs can pick up and share with others, including humans.

November 11th, 2011
Dog Owners: Psychosis or Love?

I believe many, many owners are displaying psychosis, small or large, and cannot allow their dogs to simply be dogs. Here are some examples of how nutty owners can get and not a single dog demanded for themselves any of the following.

November 3rd, 2011
Bella & Tarra: A Video Eulogy

Bella, a dog, and Tarra, an elephant, were friends from the beginning. Such a friendship was recorded with awe and joy and, even, surprise. Sadly, Bella died Monday night. Here, from the first coverage of Bella & Tarra’s friendship, are the videos that record their life together

October 28th, 2011
Hambone Award: Should it be for Animal Accidents or Owner Stupidity?

The Hambone Award is a “contest” involving the submissions for insurance coverage on pet accidents. Some of the write-in nominees are not the reflection of what animals will do as much as much as owners totally blind about what their dogs are doing.

October 20th, 2011
Dog Bytes

There were just too many diverse subjects to pick one to cover, so I’ve decided to offer tidbits and links to articles of interest. They cover the gamut from informational to political.

October 6th, 2011
Dr. Seuss Could Teach Us About Dogs

Okay, it’s official. A lot of women are obviously suffering from mental illness and need to be put in a padded kennel. There’s a fine line between the psychosis of flying monkeys and this next level. A lot of you women have clearly stepped waaaaayyyyyy over it.

September 30th, 2011
More Deep Doo-Doo

The problem of dog doo must be bigger than I realized. The Washington State government is so concerned about it that they’ve developed an ad about it. No sh^*, they paid $27,000 for a music video about picking up your dog’s waste.

September 22nd, 2011
Library Card? Check out Dog

Libraries also allow you check out things. Take for instance, “Lassie”, “Stormy”, “White Fang”, and, of course, “Cujo”. Within the Yale Law Library lies a hotbed of stress for the highly-charged, highly-competitive world of the law student.

September 16th, 2011
Owners are in Deep Doo-Doo

Long has the lawn called to the walked dog. Parks, commons, any wide expanse of green, it seems, sets off the signal of need in the dog. But, as of now, dog owners are in deep doo-doo, let me tell you.

September 8th, 2011
End of an Era for NY Dogs

Long a tradition, dating back to the 1800s, neighborhood bars were known for hosting dogs. Specific dogs were even associated with specific bars. Some bars were even more egalitarian.

September 1st, 2011
Diamond in the Ruff

Chuck Roberts, a jeweler in Georgia, owns Honey Bun. She is a Pomeranian that often accompanies him to the store, greets customers who shower her with edible treats and, generally, is an ambassador of good will.

August 26th, 2011
DUH! Moments From Dog Studies

I have run across several studies of dogs and their various aspects of behavior from the past two or three years. They all seem to me, if anyone exercised one ounce of common sense, to be DUH! Moments that have world-wide anecdotal and observed basis, but have somehow made it into the “study” realm.

August 19th, 2011
Washington State Not Alone in Feral Dog Pack Problems

Admit it or not, feral dogs, or feral packs, are not that unusual, nor are their pack instincts and actions. Any dog can go feral under the right set of circumstances. Humans often don’t understand what those circumstances are and actually, unintentionally, push dogs into behaviors and actions that only strengthen skills needed to survive in feral situations.

August 13th, 2011
Designated Drivers Needed for Dog Owners

It seems, according to an article published yesterday in The Vancouver Sun, that dog owners are creating a safety risk due to dogs loose in vehicles.

August 4th, 2011
BOSS Dog Clinic for Louisa (VA) Humane Society / Animal Shelter

BOSS Dog Clinics differ greatly from conventional obedience-based methods by actually teaching positive social behaviors that dogs need and owners want but rarely are taught.

April 2nd, 2011
Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to all of you and your dogs. I would love to receive a “card” from each of you, so please feel free to leave a comment, if only your/your dogs’ name(s). Thanks, Susan

December 5th, 2010
Traveling With Dogs — Wisconsin

This is a travelogue of various states and places that are great to take a break, stop and/or stay if you have dogs with you on your trip. It is geared for keeping dogs relaxed while traveling.

August 19th, 2010
Helping Dogs & Owners

A dog owner comes to me with problems they’ve tried everything to fix but can’t: we spend a day working on them, and later I get an update saying, “Life is good. Things are going well.” or “My dog made me proud today.”

August 13th, 2010
This-porch: A Fairy Tale for Dogs

Once upon a time, long, long ago there was a land where all dogs lived. It was a wonderful land

July 28th, 2010
Dog Trainers Don’t ‘Get It’

Dog owners ‘get it.’ The dogs “get it.” The vets ‘get it.’ A few dog trainers ‘get it.’

July 5th, 2010
Dog Training: Top Songs

I thought that those of you who have gone through dog training should become aware of dog training’s top songs so you can hum them, or sing if you have the voice for it.

June 10th, 2010
Dog Training: Use of Aromatherapy

Is your dog upset? Does he act inappropriately around other dogs? These are questions that haunt dog owners. You worry. You fret. You seek answers. Aromatherapy for dogs will solve these problems.

May 26th, 2010
Dog Training: Stupidity & Ineptitude in Action

Well, that headline should just about guarantee a group primal scream. But, it’s true. Dog owners are being screwed and they ought to know it.

May 20th, 2010
Dogs are NOT Fashion Accessories

Honey, put the dog on the ground, throw out the purse, and drop the diminutive of your name. Grow up (regardless of your current age), let the dog be a dog and stop insisting it’s a fashion accessory.

May 13th, 2010
Helping Rescue Dogs: Are You a Negative or Positive Rescuer?

I recently worked a rescue dog. It brought home to me, once again, that some dogs are rescued, many are simply taken out of a one kind of bad situation and put into another kind of bad situation.

May 5th, 2010
Dogs and Springfever

I don’t know how spring is going around the rest of the country, but here in Montana today is gorgeous.

April 21st, 2010
What is it we want for our dogs?

One of the most important questions you may ever ask is, “What do I want for my dog?” Your answer, your actions, will determine the future of all dogs.

April 14th, 2010
Aahhtt!! Science Proves It Works

Aahhtt!! is what I growl to communicate I don’t like their behavior — the dogs get it. Science is discovering it.

April 7th, 2010
Stupid Items Created for Dogs

I’m appalled at the stupid items that the dog industry sells for dogs

April 1st, 2010
Dog Obedience Training is Snake Oil for Dogs

What I do scares the patooties out of the majority of the fakes that call themselves dog “trainers” because they CAN’T do it, don’t understand it, and they fight, tooth and nail, to discredit it. Even though it consistently proves successful.

March 24th, 2010
Bran & Sceolang, Fionn mac Cumhaill’s Dogs

It’s an old Celtic legend, probably based in truth as many are, about Fionn mac Cuhaill’s (Finn MacCool) dogs, Bran and Sceolang.

March 17th, 2010
The History of Modern Dog Training

Very few of the dog training methods being taught NOW come from successful methods that predated modern training as it is known today.

March 11th, 2010
Animal Shelters & Animal Rescue Mired in Failing Template

The majority of animal shelters or rescues all follow the same template and it isn’t working.

March 3rd, 2010
Montana Shelter Discovers Secret For Permanent Dog Adoption

Cut Bank Animal Shelter uses Susan Overfield’s training techniques and psychology of dogs with every animal that we handle. We have had no returned animals when adopted.

February 23rd, 2010
Dogs, God, and Dog Hair

God obviously wanted me to accept the gift of dog hair he was sending, so who was I to refuse? So I began to view dog hair in a positive light.

February 17th, 2010
Dogs Reveal Who We Are

The human’s unexpressed personal desire – for others to see in the eyes of their dog what they themselves have seen – a good, loving, and respected companion.

February 9th, 2010
Socializing Your Dog

If you truly want a confident, calm, trusting & listening pup, then don’t insist he interact with everything and everyone.

February 2nd, 2010
Dog Park Diseases

Diseases at dog parks put dogs at risk of catching more than a ball.

January 27th, 2010
Rally & Agility Are No Substitute

Your dog’s participation in rally and agility don’t teach good behavior.

January 19th, 2010
Dog Trainers Could Learn Something From This

Dog “training” today doesn’t work. It is failing our dogs.

January 1st, 2010
A Christmas Card for You

Please ‘sign’ this card by leaving (at least) your first name, your dog’s name(s), and the city where you live in the comments.  Thank you and we hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.  Pet your dogs for us …

December 1st, 2009
Dogs, Holidays and Reality Check

Dogs and holidays are great for marketing.  The Lab snoozing quietly in front of the fireplace which is all decked out with stockings.  The family dog romping around the children building a snowman in the yard is a wonderful memory.  …

November 28th, 2009