Category Archives: Everything Else

A Browncoat’s Guide to Training and Living With Dogs

You know you’re a hopeless Firefly fan when: You suddenly realize that your entire dog training philosophy can be summed up in quotes from your favorite canceled space western. So here ya go, a change of pace from the usual dog training tutorial. This is probably the geekiest thing I’ve ever written (though the endContinue Reading

8 Ways To Exercise Your Dog Without Walking Him

Sometimes you just can’t walk your dog. Like if she pulls on leash too hard, or freaks out at every animal, jogger, or wind-blown plastic bag that crosses her path. Outside of training-session walks designed to rid your pup of these issues, you might want to forget about walks for now. And sometimes the weatherContinue Reading

100 Mildly Useful Thoughts on Training & Living with Dogs

1. Leadership is about being someone worth following. 2. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. 3. Dogs have deadly weapons in their mouths. Most will go their entire lives without using them. Don’t take this for granted. 4. You have a lot of power over your dog. With great power… 5.Continue Reading

Got a hyper dog who’s driving you crazy? Got a Twitter account? Win a free copy of Give Your Dog a Brain!

So I recently launched a dog training kit called “Give Your Dog a Brain,” inspired by the countless numbers of hyperactive, out-of-control dogs I’ve worked with in my years of animal shelter volunteering. I’ve spent quite a lot of hours developing this thing and I’m more than a little proud of it, so I thoughtContinue Reading

I need your help with one more thing… (project update)

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey! You are awesome. You gave me a lot of ideas for future 3LostDogs content. Most of your responses fell into four categories, so I came up with four possible guide ideas. Now, I need you to vote for your favorite one: Dealing with Distractions – “MyContinue Reading

No, Fido, the World is NOT Ending: 5 Last-Minute Steps to Prepare Your Dog for July 4th

When I go in to the dog pound for a volunteer shift in a few days, I expect to see a lot of new dogs. If this year is anything like last year, my local Animal Care & Control will pull dozens of extra dogs off the streets in the week following Independence Day. TheyContinue Reading

What dog help do YOU need? Help me decide on my next project!

So I’m going to be working on a new project for 3 Lost Dogs, and I need you to tell me what that project is. I want to create something a bit more in depth than a regular blog post or video – I’m thinking of doing a new free mini-ebook or video series. I’llContinue Reading

10 Things We Wish Everyone Knew Before They Get a Dog

“So,” I ask the customer walking the kennel rows. “What are you looking for in a dog?” I’m a volunteer adoption counselor at the pound, see. It’s my job to make sure people are matched with the right dog. It’s fascinating. Lots of adopters I meet have no idea what a dog is! Often whenContinue Reading

The Truth About Growling Dogs

My teenage border collie Merlin and I were at a morning practice session at my agility club. We’d been working for a long time, and Merlin, getting bored, decided that he’d rather go hang out with the other dogs. He took off after the nearest dog and got in her way. “Come play with me!”Continue Reading

2 Shelter Dog Myths That Just Won’t Die

These are a couple of myths about shelter/rescue dogs I hear all the time, and am pretty tired of hearing. Why are these two so prevalent? Maybe it’s because rescuing a dog from a shelter is a cool thing to do right now, and these myths help make it seem even more like an evenContinue Reading