The Dog I've Always Wanted

Canine Behavior, Training and Photography

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openings for daily walks

January 20th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Westboro Dog Walking Service currently has a couple of openings for daily walks. This doesn’t happen too often as my clients tend to be long term. But people do move out of town and create space for new dogs to come aboard. If you are looking for a dog walker I’d be happy to meet with you and your furry friend to discuss the options. Drop me an email and we can start a dialogue!

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Dale’s Backyard Sunday 9 March 2009

March 19th, 2009 · No Comments · Captioned Photo, Photo Gallery, Uncategorized


I missed the sunrise this morning due to the fact that my brain got the time change concept but my body did not. Even so, the light was beautiful and warm and it felt like spring. The dog action was pretty laid back; they think its hot. Benny and Asher tried to teach Cleo, the Basenji in the Chilly Dog, to play husky style with some success. But she got cold. Yuki swanned around on the hard snow and everyone respected her space as always. Benny and Steele wrestle but without the intensity of those fiercely cold mornings in the dark.
In this warm gold light Benny looks like exactly what the Ottawa Humane Society said he is “Canadian Eskimo/golden dog”. I think that makes him a village dog. A neighbour who has spent time in Iqualwit told me that there are lots of dogs there that look like Benny. They just hang around. Sometimes people shoot them. There are no veterinarians in the entire territory. [Read more]

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At the Dog Daycare 2

May 5th, 2008 · No Comments · News From the Doggie Daycare, Uncategorized

Who’s stick is it anyway? Do dogs ask themselves this question? Probably not but the issue of object guarding can be a serious problem when you’re dealing with a group of dogs. Some dogs will guard toys, including sticks, in a group. It usually starts with a game of “keep away” that goes on too long. The dogs get too aroused and a fight can begin. The culprit does not know who is in charge; since he has possession of the valued object he thinks its him. This can be corrected by making it clear to the dog who is in charge and to whom the resources belong. Some trainers recommend that all the dog toys be kept by the human in a place where the dog cannot have access to them on his own. A toy may be brought out at play time; this makes a good reward for appropriate behaviour. Later, the toys are put away. It is generally not considered a good idea to have dog toys lying around; some dogs will feel the need to guard them. If the dog does not recognize that the human is in charge he will of course feel the need to play that part himself. That is because a dog has a pack drive; the strength of this drive varies from breed to breed as well from one individual to another. What does this mean? In short, a dog needs a structure in which to operate socially and that structure is the pack. When dogs live with humans the human must be the pack leader or serious trouble can ensue. Being a pack leader means, in part, that you control access to all the resources. So I guess its your stick!

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Welcome to “The Dog”

April 13th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The quest to find “the dog I’ve always wanted” is ongoing. I’d like to share my experiences which include raising a shelter puppy, going to dog school, visiting the vet, observing doggie playgroups and talking to many dog people.

As a dog photographer I am having many opportunities to meet new dogs and learn from them and their owners.

There is a veritable mountain of dog books out there. I have read many of them; books dealing with training, communication, health, emotions, breed differences and of course memoirs. I will be posting reviews.

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