by February 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm 0

From Rachel Jones. Email her at rjones[AT] She is  she is the owner of K-9 Divine and a professional dog trainer. 

Rachel Jones is a dog trainer. (Courtesy Rachel Jones)

Rachel Jones is a professional dog trainer. (Courtesy Rachel Jones)

Every dog owner teaches his or her dog to sit. But can your dog sit when it counts: in the elevator, or when greeting children or other dogs? A dog that can sit in every possible context is better trained than a dog that has an incomplete mastery of 20 different tricks.

Borderstan is filled with people and dogs. Having a dog that is too friendly or hostile can be a public relations nightmare.

Neighbors are not amused when your nice Golden Retriever jumps on them in the elevator. Conversely, people are very impressed when your dog calmly sits in crowded areas. If you have limited time to train your dog, focus on getting him to do this one command very well.

To start, hold a treat on your dog’s nose and move it slightly over her head. Give her the treat when her butt hits the ground. Do this a few times in a row. Once you feel that you can reliably get her to sit, add the command. Say, “sit” and then lead her into a sit with the treat.

After practicing for a few days, try it without leading her with the treat. Once she can do it in the house, take it outside and practice in busy areas. Although it is very easy to teach your dog to sit in the house, you may need to practice for weeks or months to make the command reliable around distractions.

If your dog is sitting, he is not: jumping, lunging, biting or chewing. Make a list of your dog’s undesirable behaviors and train him to sit in those contexts. You will be amazed how impressed people are at your dog’s good behavior!

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by November 2, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,567 0

"Shaw Dog Park"

Shaw Dog Park’s Fourth Anniversary Party this weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

Shaw Dog Park is turning four this weekend… and the Shaw Dog Park Association is throwing a party to celebrate!

On Saturday, November 3, join in the festivities with your dog and neighbors. The party will start at 11 am and will include snacks, beverages, a raffle and the opportunity to purchase the new Shaw Dog Park t-shirts, featuring artwork by Branddave.

Shaw Dog Park is at 1673 11th Street NW. For more information on the event, visit the Facebook page.

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by September 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm 2,087 0

"City Dogs Rescue"

Adopt a pair: Daisy and Buttercup meet community members at this year’s 17th Street Festival. (Photo courtesy of City Dogs Rescue)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

City Dogs Rescue, a local organization that rescues adoptable dogs from high-kill and overcrowded shelters, is constantly looking for foster and permanent homes for its rescued pups.

Currently, the organization is looking for a home for two rat terriers, Daisy and Buttercup. And unlike most adoptable dogs, Daisy and Buttercup are a package deal. According to Darren Binder, a director at City Dogs Rescue, Daisy (9-years old) and Buttercup (5 years old) have bonded since their rescue, and so City Dogs is looking for someone willing to adopt them both.

Binder describes the two dogs as being sweet, calm girls that are very low maintenance. City Dogs is currently treating both dogs for Heartworm, but predicts that the pooches will be better very soon and will be ready to find a new home.

For more information on adopting Daisy and Buttercup, or for more information on adopting other rescue dogs from City Dogs Rescue, visit the organization’s website.

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by August 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,820 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT] 

"Borderstan""Shaw Dog Park"

The Shaw Dog Park on 11th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The Shaw Dog Park Association has a new look – and it launched this week. The newly redesigned website provides visitors with a fresh new look and an easier way to navigate information on the Shaw Dog Park and the Shaw community.

The new platform also allows gives park volunteers an easier way to register for events! And if you recognize the homepage’s graphic, you’re not alone — it’s from local artist, Dave Peterson.

The Shaw Dog Park is located at 1673 11th Street NW (between Rhode Island and R) and is open Monday through Friday from 7 am until 10 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am until 10 pm.

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by July 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,857 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

Does your dog have what it takes to win the title at the Dog Days Best in Dog Show on August 4? (Luis Gomez Photos)

Calling all dogs that bark, look great in costumes and are just all-around adorable: You may not have a spot in the region’s competitive dog shows, but you sure have one (and a doggone good chance of winning) in the Best in Dog Show on Saturday, August 4.

The friendly competition is part of this year’s MidCity Dog Days of Summer and will take place from 9 to 11 am at the African-American Civil War Memorial (1925 Vermont Avenue NW).

Prizes will be awarded for several different categories, including Best Vocalist, Best Puppy, Best Tricks, Best Costume, Best Look-a-Like, Best Couple, Best Small Breed, Best Large Breed, Best Mixed Breed, Best Sense of Humor and Best in Show.

For more information on the four-legged event, visit the MidCity Dog Days website or email midcitydogdays[AT]; and stay tuned to for more information on specific Dog Days events.

May the best pups win!

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by October 14, 2009 at 4:00 am 1,561 0


It's Wednesday; we start sliding into another weekend at noon. In the meantime, here is a happy photo to get you through Hump Day. I call it, "Lupe in the Pachysandra." (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

by September 3, 2009 at 7:47 pm 5,185 15 Comments

Jack Evans, Adrian Fenty, Dr. Ximena Hartsock at the Inauguration of the Dog Park on 17th and S Street, NW (Photo: Luis Gomez)

From left: Jack Evans, Adrian Fenty, Mike Silverstein (chair, ANC 2B-Dupont) and Ximena Hartsock at the inauguration of the dog park today. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Dogs enjoying the new Dog Park on 17th & S Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Dogs and owners enjoy the special artificial turf for dogs. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Dog fight at the inauguration of the renewed Dog Park on 17th & S Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

There was a dog fight shortly after the ribbon cutting today. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

The weather was great for the political poobahs who turned out on a sunny afternoon for the opening of the dog park at 17th-S-New Hampshire NW.

DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, Council Member Jack Evans (Ward 2) and Dr. Ximena Hartsock (Acting Director, Parks & Recreation) cut the ribbon to the converted dog park on 17th Street.

Many dogs and their owners also turned out for the dog park, which was plagued by long delays and an opening date several months after the original deadline.

Unfortunately, there was a dog fight right after the ribbon cutting. It appeared that a big dog got hold of a Chihuahua, but I don’t know if the smaller dog was hurt. One thing missing from this park is the separate area for smaller dogs that is part of the Shaw Dog Park on 11th Street NW.

One thing I hope we don’t see more of at the new dog park: a small child was running around in the middle of the dogs. Small children should never be inside an enclosed area with dogs. What if that dog had gone after the small child instead of the small dog?  Note to parents: Please read Child Safety: On Dogs, Dog Parks and Small Children.

by April 6, 2009 at 8:14 pm 1,262 1 Comment

Gomez at the Congressional Cemetary.

Gomez at the Congressional Cemetery.

Julie of Borderstan sent some pics of her dog, Gomez. I’ve met Gomez and he’s a nice dog, mostly or all blue Australian Cattle Dog.  Gomez is shown here at Congressional Cemetery, which has a program for dog owners, allowing you to take your dog there. To get your dog in “Saturday Dog Blogging,” send your dog pics as JPG files to [email protected].


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