He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. - Unknown
Currently, there is a lot more research available regarding Applied Animal Behavior than when I
had my first dog, Sandy, in 1966!
In the summer of 2008, I acquired an Aussie-mix puppy, Sama, from a rescue. It was "love at first sight" and I knew I wanted to raise him to be “the best he could be,” whatever that was. However, when I searched for information, and joined local training classes I found an abundance of conflicting advice.
After I investigating further, I decided to start this website that would assist new dog owners by:
providing summary articles about the latest research
doing some research and posting my own results
linking to the best Applied Animal Behaviorist’s websites I can find
selling “the perfect” start-up gifts for new dog owners (to pay for the site)
The gift boxes include:
information about health, regular vet visits, necessity of heart worm prevention, and how to learn about the local animal control laws, etc.
information about how to choose a trainer
one beginner training book
one pamphlet about how to “read a dog’s body language”
At least 3 age/breed appropriate toys
one package of training treats, either vegetarian or non-vegetarian
The research topics are whatever I’m curious about at the moment or whatever topic is frequently being asked by Just Fur You visitors.
Currently, I am developing a survey for dog trainers about their practices and preferences.
My first summary article focuses on current research regarding "reading dogs" including an article describing the common accuracy levels of non-dog owners, dog owners, dog professionals and a few other related topics.