It’s February 21st! The anniversary of doglove.co! 😀
1 year of blogging… posting new content not quite as often as I ambitiously hoped, but I did manage to post at least one entry per month, and sometimes two or three. So I’d call that a success 😊
Did doglove blow up and become a darling of the Internet/dog community? Erm, nope. I actually have no idea who, if anyone, reads my posts; for a long time comments weren’t enabled, and judging by traffic stats, even if they had been, no one was around to write any.
So this is really a celebration of one year of me talking to myself, with the occasional twitter follower/friend popping in to skim a post or two.
This is maybe a bit disheartening but I don’t mind too much. I still like posting, and with popularity tends to come dissent and nasty comments, so at least I didn’t have to deal with any of that.
So for anyone reading this post who wasn’t a devoted follower, allow me to list off some of the highlights from the past year. (Starting with the most recent and moving backwards)
In which I talk about teaching your dog to, “Read your mind,” and how I got Betsy to bring me her kongs to be stuffed each morning without being asked, saving me the time it took to hunt around the house for them.
A pretty long post filled with everything I’ve learned since getting Betsy, and things I wish I had known better ahead of time. Also includes a ton of links to other very useful articles for new dog owners and new puppy owners.
People like trick how-tos (I think? I know I do at least) so here’s one of me and Betsy demonstrating how to teach roll over, a pretty classic trick to add to your dog’s repertoire.
A very very long post about crate training and why I’m a huge advocate.
For those of you interested in dog body language, this one I thought was a really cute/fun one, and is unique compared to the usual list of stress/aggression/happy dog “standard” body language lists I normally see on the Internet.
A very handy skill for your dog to have.
Another handy trick.
And finally, a list of ideas to make your dog’s life a little bit better, with minimal effort from you 🙂
This isn’t a complete list of writing throughout the year, just some of my personal favourites. If you like what’s listed here, check out the archives for more!