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You’ve got to respect the work ethic of a guard dog who’s never off duty. Problem is, how do you unplug such a dedicated guardian of homeland security when you want a little shut-eye? Shh, don’t tell: I’m training my neighbors’ dog—on the sly. Read More

barking dog

i wish i could teach my dog to quit barking at everything...

You lookin' at me?

Too many people stiffen up and stare at dogs. This only serves to upset them.

Sometimes I approach the fence but turn my back on the dog for ten seconds or so; the dog finds this behavior less threatening and gets a chance to catch my scent.

I don't think it's necessary to hang out for half an hour waiting for a dog to be quiet. Just keep walking smoothly and ignore them; most dogs eventually learn that you're not the enemy.

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Seth Slater, M.F.A., is a former dolphin trainer for the U.S. Navy and currently teaches creative writing at Cuyamaca College.

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