OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

I love watching people and their dogs.  It can be touching, joyful, sad and hilarious. Some of my favorite things are when people yell at their dogs to stop barking. I swear dogs take this to mean “Hey cool! She’s barking too, let’s all bark”.

Or when people rub their dogs noses in their poop or pee as a means to get them to stop using floors as a toilet. Now I don’t think dogs like to have their noses physically forced to sniff anything but if you’ve ever taken a dog for a walk you’ll know that sniffing pee and poop is a joy, not a punishment to a dog.

Secret Santas

Kos Katalogue

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

I have been working with dogs and cats professionally for over 20 years. I work at a different level now then I did back then. (I mean jeez we have seat belts and sliced bread now)

What I specialize in now is helping owners to form deeper and truer relationships with their pets and to help troubled pets - pets with behavior problems.

What I am definelty not is a dog whisperer. I find that title to be a lot like the term "to make a long story short". People who say that never do. People who do make long stories short just do so without any preamble.

Most dog trainers who call themselves "dog whisperers" tend to yell at dogs and be excessively physical.  My method is to watch and listen to dogs (and cats). The only time I touch an animal during training is to pet, hug or scritch.

Back in the day I did teach dog training 101 - the basics. You can find all kinds of articles on everything from sit, down and stay to picking a good dog food and treating an ear infection  here. I did a radio show for 5 years called The Politics of Dogs and it may be still archived here.

One of the best ways to get to know your dog is to take a training class with a positive trainer in your area. You can read books about dogs but really, unless your dog has written one you probably won't learn much about YOUR dog.

I do phone consultations so feel free to email me at www.zenpaws.com.

That's not really what this diary is about though. This is a diary to supoort the craftpeople at DKos. The folks that have joined the Kos Katalogue. Our version of innertoobz local shopping.
Secret Santas
Kos Katalogue

And while I have my favorites (I have spent hours window shopping here), I'm just going to put it all up here and let you shop on your own.
Kos Katalogue

What I especially like this year is the Secret Santa's. Much like last year when we did the huge subscription drive, made a boatload of money for Kos and gave a whole lot of people lifetime memberships all in a mad frenzy of giving, that's the idea of Secret Santa's.

Secret Santa's

A bunch of us getting together to pitch in small (or large) bits to fulfill someones wishes or surprise someone with a trinket of goodwill.
Kos Katalogue

Or just make a bunch of Kossacks, friends, or relatives happy with incredible gifts from the Kos Katalogue and help a bunch of shopkeepers pay the bills.

Secret Santa's kos katalogue
Said and one of the turtles

Yes, I can train your dog to get along with turtles or your turtle to get along with dogs.

Extended (Optional)

Originally posted to Kos Katalogue on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 03:27 PM PST.

Also republished by PWB Peeps, DKOMA, Street Prophets , Kossacks helping each other, and Nashville KosKats.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.