Reflections on 2009

The New Year is always a time for reflection and this New Year more than most. 2009 has taken a toll on me and my family like no other year has. Loss of a job, a home, loved ones, health problems, and a plague of other nastiness descended on my family in 2009; yet it is still a year that I am thankful for.

One of the biggest reasons I started Dog Lovers Digest .com was to help combat the sea of outdated and incorrect information out there about dogs and our relationships with them; 2009 taught me that there are a lot of people across the world that feel the same.

I have discovered some amazing sites that, along with the people behind them, aim to educate using principals based in scientific fact. I will be compiling a list and review of these sites, but for now let me share just a few of them with you.

www.fearfuldogs.com If everyone were as passionate about just one thing in their life as Debbie Jacobs is about helping fearful dogs, we could solve all the problems in the world. If you have or know of a fearful dog, this resource should be first in your list of bookmarks.

www.dogstardaily.com Unlike some sites that I won’t “whisper” aloud, the training and behavioral advice found here is based on provable scientific methods; not on “energy” and outdated ideas. This is a great training resource and should also be at the top of the list for your training bookmarks.

www.fun4fido.co.uk If you want to find excellent fact based information about training your dog, go to this site and Bob’s your uncle (“there you are” for the anglophilically  challenged). She communicates in clear terms and her love for dogs shows through.

www.dogspelledforward.com Although I just recently discovered this site, it’s obvious that Eric is another one of those people that just gets it. He knows that ethereal, indefinable, hocus pocus is not how you train a dog. His blog posts are a must read.

www.whole-dog-journal.com I know that this is a print journal, but if you don’t have a subscription then use the link and buy one. It is worth every single penny you pay and then some. The Whole Dog Journal accepts no advertising income and so is able to give unbiased reviews and some of the best advice on training, behavior, and health around.

http://smartdog.typepad.com/ Another new discovery for me, but again another trainer who clearly gets it. I love her blog posts and they are always interesting and topical.

http://www.askdryin.com The website of renowned veterinarian and behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin. This site is full of useful infromation that is based and backed by the science of learning.

I know there are tons more sites out there that deserve mention but I want to keep this post short. Those listed here along with many other positive people can be found Twitter and are definitely worthy of a follow: http://twitter.com/dogloversdigest/dogloverstotweet/members. I will continue to add to this list as well as publish a review page of these sites here on dogloversdigest.com.

If you have suggestions of sites and people not on this list that should be; please leave a comment for me so I can find them.

Thanks to you all and here’s to a better year in 2010!

Kevin, Jackie, Gavin, Annie, and Tosha