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Monday, February 5, 2018

Interview Susan Barnes (Owner of MyTDog)

The Dog Trainer

Susan Barnes Dock Dogs Champion

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Des Moines based dog trainer, Susan Barnes. She is the owner and head trainer of MyTDog (Mighty Dog).

Motivation to Train

During my talk with Sue Barnes, one of the primary was, "how do you keep dog training fresh over the years? How do you remain motivated and still enjoy getting up doing this every single day?" Her response made me smile and feel motivated. She said that, "Every case (she) takes is different and that is what keeps it fresh." She cannot approach every dog one way. She has to take into consideration the owner, their home life, how much time the owner spends with them, and many other factors that play a role in developing a dog’s behavior.

Communication with Pets and Humans

Susan comes up with the best course of action for how to adjust the dog’s behavior and help the family learn how to communication with their pet. With the goal being that the dog can interact in society and with their family within healthy boundaries. However, Sue doesn’t just train the dog, she trains the owner as well. She makes sure that the owner knows why the dog was acting the way it did and tells them how they can improve behavior going forward, aside from her help.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

About Me

Michael John Kulick

Michael John MJ Kulick

First I would like to take a moment to thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. Throughout my whole life I have been very passionate about animals and helping them get better. I have had pets since I can remember and I wouldn't regret any of it. I have had fish, snakes, cats, and dogs so i'm not a rookie when it comes to the animal scene. My goal with this venture is to give these pets a fighting chance in finding a good home for them and to let people know about the health benefits that come with owning a pet. I believe that every is unique and that each dog can cater to different people.

Napa Fire

A Call To Action

Building On Fire In Napa California

Photo credit: Weather.com

What Happened

On October 12 2017, tragedy struck Northern California. A wildfire broke out and spread to populated areas and left many displaced. The primary locations that were affected were Napa County, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, and Petaluma. Those displaced include wildlife, pets, and people.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Dogs And Their Benefits To Humans

Man's Best Friend

Man With Dog

Photo credit: Pixabay

Have you ever felt like you are missing something in your life? Like there is a hole that needs to be filled? Where did this quote come from, “A dog is man’s best friend?" While not an exact science, it dates back thousands of years. The love and companionship I experience with my dogs is not unique. While this phrase is attributed to dogs, I feel that all pets can provide their owners a mutual, loving relationship and similar benefits.

Feeding Your Dog - Some Advice!

The Do's and Don't of Feeding Your Dog.

If there is one question that has been debated and scrutinized over the years, it would be: "What should you feed your dog and when?" I will briefly describe proper techniques and habits to avoid when feeding your dog.

puppies in front of food bowl

Photo credit: Max Pixel

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Welcome!

My name is Michael John Kulick and I thank you for taking the time to read this post. I have always been very passionate about animals and helping them get better. My family had pets since for as long as I can remember.

We've also lots pets, but I wouldn't change loving and living with them-I don't regret a moment of our time together. I have had fish, snakes, cats, and dogs so I'm not a rookie when it comes to the animal pet-owner scene. My goal with this blog is to explore the world of pet ownership and hopefully help rescue pets have a fighting chance in finding a good home. I'm hoping to let people know about the health benefits that come with owning a pet because I believe that every animal is unique and that each pet can cater to different people. Owning a pet can also teach children and teens about responsibilities that help them prepare for becoming responsible adults. I feel very luck that my parents taught me about the concept of responsibility and pet ownership.