If you’ve read my posts about Jocko, our wonderful Rocky Mountain Sea Dog (Burgee Tail variety), you’d think that I’m convinced he’s the greatest dog in the entire world…which he is. There, I said it. But he’s not perfect.
Sometimes, and under pretty specific conditions, he digs. Keeping him from doing so actually starts the moment he wakes up.
As I’m writing this, it’s 4:30 in the morning and I’m waiting for him to wake up and crawl out of bed. I’ll take him outside for a quick potty break and bring him back into the house. …
Jocko joined our little family back in July of 2020. He was made available by a “breeder” who said he was half poodle and half unspecified terrier. (Rescue animals were not available at the height of the pandemic. They were either scarce or were adopted faster than I could get to them at a shelter or rescue organization.)
In August, 2020, when Jocko was still a little puppy, we spent most of our time together during the day out in our back patio and yard. We don’t have a fenced yard so he’d be connected to a steel pole by…
When you listen to training experts, all of them seem to have picked a side on which kind of walking is best: structured (aka heeling or training) or unstructured (aka loose-leash or leisure). For some reason there’s only a binary choice.
As I’ve consumed books and videos about this subject and walked Jocko multiple times a day, a question occurred to me: Why only two? Why not three or four? Then it occurred to me that maybe there’s only really one way to walk a dog. That’s what’s called the hybrid walk — employing walking methods from the broad spectrum…
“Until your puppy loses all of his razor-sharp puppy teeth, like I have, it’s probably a good idea to keep your hands away from their mouth. Also, you don’t have to be a martyr. You don’t have to sacrifice your flesh. It’s okay to wear leather gloves. Heavy denim jeans are a good idea too. And closed-toe shoes. You may not be rocking a great fashion statement, but you gotta do what works.”
Of all the differing opinions about puppy training between the many different trainers I’ve sampled and studied, and other owners, I want to share a revelation I had about the entire subject, all of it, every jot and tittle of every aspect of the subject.
After everything is said and done, after every technique is fleshed out and refined to its most bare essential ingredients, I’ve gotten it all down to one set of initials as rules … well, actually two, but they’re similar.
The first of these is a training initialism: The 2Rs. The2Rs stand for reward and repeat…
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Learning to live with Jocko — the training, nurturing, protecting, and loving — has taught me a wealth of things that I didn’t expect, more than leashes, walking, and commands. And they’re big things too. They flavor everything else I do. Plus, they have made it all an emotional and deep reaching personal experience.
“Well, what are these things, Darrell?” you ask. I’ll tell you. Here are five big picture super-lessons I’ve learned with Jocko. They may apply to you and your pup.
#5 — If things go sideways with Jocko in any way, it’s my fault…
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Hi everyone, my name is Darrell and I live in Denver Colorado, and I have a small black and white dog named Jocko. He’s nine months old and has been a terrific addition to our family. I want to tell you about him, not for any great reason other than raising him from just an eight week old puppy (I’ve never done that before.) has been a revelatory experience.
He was so small, so dependent, yet so soon a loving friend. I feel it’s worth the time and effort to talk about him.
But Jocko’s and my…
Dog-dad, ship's captain and boating enthusiast, gun sport newbie, habitual writer, YouTube creator, husband, dad — not necessarily in that order.