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28 May 2013

Podcast: “Listening To Dogs.” Is There Something Better For You And Your Dogs?

"Listening To Dogs."

"Listening To Dogs."

The central question in my new e-book "Listening To Dogs: How To Be Your Own Training Guru" is this? Is there something better for you and your dog than the wisdom of the gurus? Does Cesar know the best way for you to train your dog? In this country, we seem to have slipped into rigid, almost cult-like thinking about many things. In politics, there is only the "left" and the "right." In the animal world, our creativity and flexibility is also ossifying. There is only one way to get a dog. There is only one way to train a dog. More and more, we are seeing all dogs through the prism of rescue and abuse – many people think it is immoral to get a healthy,  grounded, well-bred dog from a breeder. Positive Reinforcement training is the only way to go. Pack theory is the only theory. Be a leader. Be a Mom. Be a Dad. It takes seven days to housebreak a dog. It takes six months.

The dog lover is adrift in a sea of books, videos, manuals, TV shows, yet many find it difficult to train their dogs, hard to do all of the complex and absolutist ideas in the books and videos they purchase. I wrote "Listening To Dogs" because I have found a better way. There is good stuff in many manuals, I am sure, but I don't use them. I don't really need them, and neither, I think, do many of you. Our corporate marketing culture has advanced the idea that you can't figure out how to train your dog without gurus, my book argues that you can often be your own guru, adopt training and communications theories that fit you, your personality, your dog and your personal environment. I do not believe there is only one way to do anything meaningful in this world, to me, that is always the symbol of the closed mind.

If you look at the replies to my Facebook postings (I'm giving away five free copies of my next book "Second Chance Dog: A Love Story" for the best comments of each day) you'll see a lot of absolute theories, not too many searching inquiries and open minds. I hope my e-book will open up your mind a bit. There are lots of different ways to do things.

The best way to train a dog is to do what works for you and the dog. The best way to get a dog is to do what is best for you and the dog. Don't let other people tell you how to train a dog. Don't let other people tell you how to get a dog. It is liberating to be freed from these suffocating ideologies, dogmas really. In my podcast, I tell my favorite training empowerment story, Tag and her coon hound. Check it out. "Listening To Dogs" is on sale today -bn.com is backed up from the holidays a bit. It's $2.99. I'll be posting topics relating to the book all week on the blog and my social media outlets.

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16 May 2013

Grieving: The Second Podcast

The Second Podcst

The Second Podcast

I'm happy to offer my second podcast, this one on animal grieving, inspired by yesterdays' blogpost on the memorial service for Leo, my friend's beloved Lab/Mix who dies in his sleep at age 12. Many people wrote me and asked me to talk about this subject more. I think the podcast is a good forum for an occasional discussion of grieving, I wrote about my life with dogs as a "river of joy," and expressed a desire not to turn that joy into misery and lament. I've been writing about this subject for years, from "New Work Of Dogs" to "Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die." We love animals more and more and need them more and more and so their death becomes more important to us. I appreciate the exchange of ideas and hope to draw from your comments and ideas for the podcasts. Next week I'll be podcasting about life on the farm, on a lighter note, I think I'll do it on Simon and the donkeys. Then one on Flo, the barn cat.

There is a podcast box at the top of the Farm Journal page and you can subscribe to my podcasts there. Here's the second podcast.

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14 May 2013

The First Bedlam Farm Podcast: Welcome

First Podcast

First Podcast

Welcome to my first podcast. There's an echo and a squeak but we will figure those things out as we go, you can join in the process. I'm excited to offer another way to tell my story. Enough said, you can hear it from me. Within the next few days, you'll be able to subscribe to my podcast on Itunes.

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