Welcome to Linda’s Blog House.

     Penelope, my partner in canine. and I are sniffing out what’s happening with mutts now. If you like funny stories about dogs and other woofs of wisdom, you’ve come to the right place.  Enjoy. Linda and Penelope.


LESSON THREE. DOWN. In the last lesson your dog learned Sit. Now we’re going to use the same steps to teach him Down, Once again, get your good treats ready. l. Just like when you were teaching sit, put a treat between your index finger and your thumb. 2. Say nothing at this point. 3. … Continue reading


LESSON TWO. SIT. Okay. You’re probably thinking, “My dog know how to sit.” Here’s a chance to review it and add in a hand signal to go along with the command. Get your good treats ready. l. Put a treat between your index finger and your thumb. 2. Say nothing at this point. 3. Move … Continue reading


Here in New Jersey the Coronavirus has us facing shut-downs (everything!), curfews (currently 8 PM) and self-quarantines. Kids are being taught at home because all schools are closed. And that includes our dog school. Mutts will now feature articles on HOME SCHOOLING YOUR DOG. Hopefully this it will keep you up to date with the … Continue reading


The average dog can learn over 150 words and signals.  And that’s just in English! It should come as no surprise that in other countries dogs “speak” other languages.  Here, in the US, people call a dog’s bark woof, ruff, arf or yip. But in the Netherlands, the Dutch would tell you that their dogs … Continue reading

Meet Our State Dog

Most states have state birds and state flowers. And, at least 13 have state dogs. Many reflect their homegrown origins, like Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Massachusetts’ Boston Terrier and the Alaskan Malamute from our 49th state. Others, like the “working dog” in New York, are intended to honor broader categories of canines. Recently, New Jersey … Continue reading