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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

How to Write a Dog Blog?

by Carrie Boyko
My Writing...What's in it 
for My Dog Loving Readers?
John Grisham, best known for his legal thrillers, spoke at my son's recent college graduation. I hadn't anticipated he would speak to the art of writing, but rather expected to hear advice of the usual commencement variety--life and the future for a college graduate. He included few bits of wisdom, and avidly stated that he is not a fan of such things.

To my delight, he derailed from that topic and addressed three of his top tips for writers. No, don't worry; I'm not planning any novels. Yet I did get something from his comments. Most notably, Grisham spoke about 'finding your voice', a topic found in many a blogging guidebook. I began to see my dogs as the characters in an ongoing saga of dog training, bonding, living and loving. My voice is that of the dog lover in me, the one which deeply desires to share what she has learned with those of you who wish to listen. Are you listening?

According to Grisham, if my audience is listening, I have found my voice. This is a part of my writing that I would like to continue to improve. Your comments are welcome at the link below each post. Emails ditto:

What would you like to see more of in this blog? As I wrote in my very first post back in February, 2009, "So Many Dog Topics...Where Should I Begin", there is an infinite amount of helpful and entertaining dog information to share. My goal is to help you and your dog coexist happily and healthfully, while also offering the occasional entertainment of dog videos and comic-relief pieces offered by my own spirited threesome here at home. I have enjoyed many letters and ongoing email relationships with my readers--some from across the globe. I hope you will continue to keep in touch on how I may accomplish my goal of offering you great topics. Happy tails!

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Anonymous said...

love the voice. Would like to read more about grooming and also helping dogs in a family get along better

Jeanette said...

As a new dog owner I certainly looked for help on training and annoying behaviours I wanted to stop such as crate barking

George Pets Store4u guy said...

I have a situation where I could use a little assistance or your recommendation. In training dogs, would you advise using a clicker or some other method? I am trying to find out which is best. Thanks.

Julian Curry said...

My dog Jaime is the friendliest most gentle dog you could meet. She is great with children and adults alike and is also very tolerant of other dogs. We have never spent a lot of time training here, but we treat her well (like part of the family) do you think her temperament is due to the way she has been treated or do you think this is just innate for Cocker Spaniels?

Carrie, with Tanner and Oliver said...

@Julian: Cockers are notably sweet, easy-going dogs. That said, when lacking early socialization they can have trouble, as can any breed, with other dogs or children. It sounds like you have done a good job of assuring your Fido got his socialization needs met. Keep up the good work as he needs to continue to greet other dogs and people regularly, in order to maintain this skill.

Carrie, with Tanner and Oliver said...

@George Pets Store4u: Here is the link to a post on the pros and cons of clicker training: I hope this helps. If you need more assistance, please use the contact form on my menu bar to send questions.

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