101118_4177_dodman154.jpgWhen I adopted my dog Rusty from a shelter at age 8 months it didn’t take me 5 minutes to recognize that he was a submissive urinator. When he greeted me, my wife, or strangers at the door, he would wiggle like a worm – in pure pleasure – as he dribbled urine in interesting and extensive patterns on the hardwood floor.

I knew what that meant – it was really a great compliment; a sign of excitement and flat out respect – but peeing on greeting was not a routine I relished.

Having to get down on your knees and mop up urine every time I came home – or someone came to my house – became quite tedious after a surprisingly short time. Enough already, I was thought to myself and implemented the program outlined below. Sure I was happy to be his fearless master, (in his mind) one to be worshiped and kowtowed to, but I did not want or need such extreme supplication every time I came home.

Submissive urination is a behavior problem that some people just can’t or won’t tolerate. It can even lead to dogs being surrendered to a shelter – or returned post-adoption – yet is so simple to fix.

Here’s how to deal with it:
1. Do not walk directly toward the dog when entering the home or approaching it.
2. Do not look directly into the dogs eyes as direct eye contact is often construed as a challenge or threat by a dog.
3. Do not lean or loom over the dog as this action constitutes a challenge. Remain upright and simply ignore the little feller.
4. Do not reach for the dog’s collar or scruff. That will really intimidate the “you-know-what” out of him.
5. Build your dog’s confidence. I do this using what I call a “reverse dominance program.”
6. For really tough cases, medicines to tighten bladder sphincters can be employed (similar to the ones used to treat bed wetting in children) so that leaking urine is less likely.

Submissive urination should never be interpreted as an act of defiance, because it’s not. Quite the reverse, in fact. It’s clearly not the same as routine house soiling — when dogs have simply not been properly trained to “go” outside. And can’t be trained away using the usual “house breaking” methods. I saw a cartoon that explained submissive urination in a nutshell. The drawing showed a dog on the psychiatrist’s couch saying, “If I’m being honest with myself, they’re not really accidents.” And that’s the way it is with submissive urination – no accident, just sending a signal of respect and deference.

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Dr. Dodman is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the school’s Animal Behavior Clinic. He is also Chief Scientific Officer for the CENTER FOR CANINE BEHAVIOR STUDIES. He has written over 100 scientific articles and several popular press books, including The Dog Who Loved Too Much and The Cat Who Cried for Help.


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Owner is convinced a popular pet toy nearly killed their dog

According to Channel 3 News in Ohio, it all started when Laci, a 10-year-old Labrador, vomited for days, finally throwing up a piece of “thick red plastic.” Her owner is convinced that it came from a Kong that Laci chewed through since the whole top part of it was missing. After many trips to the vet and $ 8000 in veterinary expenses, Laci is still in ICU fighting for her life. Millions of Kongs have been…
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Kent Hovind – Topical – Make money and spend it God’s way

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Welcome New Pet Sitters

Welcome to new pet sitters!  Don’t forget the discount to www.petsitllc.com!  Also, we’ll soon be bringing back PocketSuite for online booking!  Online booking isn’t for everyone, so we decided to make it an option, instead of appearing on every listing for pet sitters.  We hope you will take advantage of the option when it returns!

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Mighty Mite Guitar Pickup FAIL

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Dec 14, Bacillus Subtilis and Lactobacillus acidophilus in dog food

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Blue-eyed duck

This photo gives you a good look at the blue eyes of a pekin duckling.

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And close up:

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Festival Style: What to Wear (Whoa, It’s An Outfit Post!)

You guys. It’s an outfit post. A real live outfit post. Guess when my last one was? Five months ago. Yep. November 6, 2014 to be exact. I’ve had fun sharing my monthly clothing favorites this year via What I’m Wearing Now posts (and I’ll continue to do them), but now that the weather is finally warming up, I plan on actual outfit posts making at least a slightly more regular appearance around here again.

This particular look was shot during my recent trip to Arizona, where there the average daily temp was in the mid ’80s. That, along with the gorgeous natural backdrop, made shooting easy, as did the inspiration behind the shoot – festival style. As I mentioned in my recent post about what to pack for music festivals, the summer music festival is a dear, long-time friend to me. From almost a decade of vending my eco-fashion line at festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, to producing festival fashion shows, to styling bands at festivals, to my husband’s festival career work, to just plain attending them for fun, music festivals have been a big part of my life for many years. And with the start of Coachella just three days away, festival season has officially arrived.

When it comes to what I decide to wear to festivals, the same principles apply as I outlined in my ‘what to pack’ post. I focus on pieces I can layer, since I’m going to be predominately outside and the weather can change at any time. I also make comfort a priority. I’m not going to lie – style is big for me as well (I may or may not have a several year old picture of myself from Women’s Wear Daily‘s Bonnaroo Style Guide saved in my ‘Very Important Keepsakes’ box for all eternity), but I go to festivals to dance and explore and you won’t find me in 5-inch heels or constricting skirts. I tend to wear a lot of ’60s and ’70s inspired boho clothing in general which are not only big at festivals anyway, they’re also usually really comfortable. Like I also mentioned in my other post, wearing pieces that showcase your own personal style is key. Music festivals are incredible places to express yourself, and I prefer to dress in pieces that are genuinely enjoyable for me to wear and allow me to be myself.

The articles of clothing in this particular outfit are spot on in terms of my typical music fest look. A great pair of denim cut-offs, like this pair of deconstructed midi shorts from Mudd, is a festival staple for me. They’re perfect because you can pair them with so many other pieces and wear them for multiple days in different outfits. I also love to sport a soft, neutral colored music-inspired tee like this rad Ramones t-shirt from Rock & Republic. And you’ll almost always find me in a loose cardigan or kimono like this comfy jersey one from Mudd. (All three of these pieces can be found at your local Kohl’s store or on their website.) From there I like to add lots of leather bracelets, layer on some bohemian-inspired necklaces, step into a worn-in pair of boots or moccasins, and throw on a floppy hat to protect me from the sun. It’s my functional-yet-stylish festival ‘uniform,’ and you’ll likely find me in some variation of it at every music event I attend in the summertime.

 Tee: ℅ Kohl’s  //  Kimono: ℅ Kohl’s  //  Shorts: ℅ Kohl’s  //  Hat: H&M (similar)  //  Booties: ℅ Minnetonka  //  Feather Necklace: ℅ Roots & Feathers  //  Turquoise Necklace: F21  //  Earrings + Copper Rings: ℅ Jade Stone Jewelry  //  Other rings: old + gifts  //  Sunglasses: UO  //  Bracelets: thrifted + ℅ Lisa Leonard  // Bag: Target  

What types of ‘festival fashion’ clothing and accessory items do you like to wear? Anyone attending Coachella this weekend? Anyone in shock that I finally posted an outfit?

This post is in collaboration with Kohls. Thank you for supporting Bubby and Bean by allowing us to post occasional sponsored content.


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Off Camera Flash

I went out yesterday fully equipped for the first time to take some pictures using off camera flash.  This is what I learned:

  1. Carrying a lightstand, umbrella and speed-light in one hand and your camera in the other leaves no available hand to pick up poop.
  2. There is a very small pocket of light that your subject needs to be in.  Coulee is fantastic at taking directions but she doesn’t know how to move forward 2 steps or back 1 step… we have to work out a targeting system.
  3. Umbrellas catch the slightest breeze and fall over – a sandbag, or something is definitely needed.  As is another arm to carry that with.
  4. Putting her on something is a great way to get her to be exactly where you need her to be.
  5. An assistant would really make things go smoother/faster.
  6. I have a lot more to learn.

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