Posts filed under ‘Art’

Photos of the handsome boy.

Mark your calendars! I am donating three mini prints of Boogie and some dog toys to the upcoming Boston Buddies (Facebook) Online Auction.  These are from a new series of Boogie drawings, Boogie Music. There’s Boogie on Theremin, Boogie on Bongos, and Boogie on Gretsch. That’s Bo Diddley’s guitar, and the amp levels are up to 11. 🙂

OK, OK, I’ve done enough camera-posing. Where’s that treat?

February 26, 2012 at 8:21 pm 6 comments

Doggie Language, and a very funny book

Have I posted this before?

I have drawn several “dog body language” illustrations, but my Boogie Doggie Language version is the largest one, and available for FREE download!  This has also been translated to Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Thai, … more languages coming soon.

***EDIT TO ADD:  – reading body language in context!

Recently I started reading How To Raise A Jewish Dog.

This is not a dog training book, it’s supposed to be filed in the HUMOR category and OMG, it’s hilarious.

Amazon Link

This book is a parody of the Monks of New Skete book (haven’t read, no interest in reading) and the authors say you don’t have to be Jewish or want to be Jewish to follow this program, which is not about training or rewards or punishments, but about “solving problems together”.  Techniques include Praising Dog to Other People, Guilting (in private), Situational Matyrdom, Pampering, and Use of Subtext. Ha.

Pages for your amusement:

“Enlightened Acceptance” happens too frequently in this household 🙂

January 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm 8 comments

Will I ever get tired of drawing Boogie?


July 20, 2011 at 1:16 am 4 comments

Boogie! by Jeroen Teunen

Jeroen Tuenen is a dog artist based in Berlin, Germany. Jeroen contacted me about doing a trade  and we both agreed that he would paint Boogie and I would draw Mr. Big, his Frenchie.

I didn’t expect this… Jeroen painted not one but EIGHT portraits of the Boogs!!! These are simply amazing.

From Jeroen’s blog:

I love them all. And how pouty is Boogie?

I had to choose only one of these but Jeroen generously offered me two because I couldn’t decide between the very top two with green backgrounds.

Meanwhile, here is my drawing of the handsome Mr. Big, who appears on a kids TV show in Berlin. Yes, on a leopard print couch.

I ❤ black and white smooshy-faced dogs .

Related link: Boogie by Other Artists

March 17, 2011 at 5:45 am 2 comments

Notes from Clicker Expo Part 2 (The Four Quadrants revisited)

When I posted my illustration of the 4 quadrants, I received lots of comments about the ‘Negative Reinforcement’ (-R) picture.

Many trainers suggested that -R is not necessarily a bad thing, and that the correct definition should be removing bad stuff to increase a behavior, not delaying bad stuff to increase a behavior.

When I created this illustration, I took my definitions from Cecelie Koste’s Clicker Training 101 seminar at Clicker Expo. She used the words “delay”, “avoid” and “escape” for -R, paired with the same aversives in her +P definition. I thought the pairing was an easier way to understand the concept, but now it’s seems to cause more confusion. :/

An example of when -R is used for good (and not evil)  is  BAT: we remove the dog from a triggering situation so that he feels SAFE and RELIEVED. In this sense, Negative Reinforcement is a GOOD consequence that doesn’t have to be paired with Positive Punishment. *However – if the dog is already freaking out on a tight leash and if we give leash corrections before dragging him away from the trigger, then this is -R paired with +P.

3/7/11 UPDATE – Here is a modified version.

Another illustration below – the A-B-C concept is something that both Cecelie Koste and Kathy Sdao talked about at ClickerExpo.

As I understand it, the Antecedent is a fancy word for something that happens in the dog’s environment. It can be a word, a signal, an action … It can be a cue or command. It is a trigger (good or bad) that sets off a Behavior.

According to Kathy Sdao, most Traditional dog trainers put too much emphasis on the Antecedents (ie, commands) and not enough on the Consequences.

In Operant Conditioning, to get a behavior, we manipulate the Consequences that come immediately after the behavior.  As in BAT, it’s like focusing on What does the dog really want when he does a behavior? Why or how does this behavior work for him? What is the functional reward?

Notes from Kathy Sdao’s DVD seminar:

What makes Carl Lewis run so fast? The starting pistol? Or the gold medal?

Why dogs don’t do what we want them to do:

  1. They are confused about what we want, or
  2. They are unpaid

Below is another illustration of the Four Consequences/Quadrants in action. In this case, the Antecedent or verbal cue remains the same (“Boogie!”) and I show that Boogie’s behavior varies depending on whether and how it has been reinforced or punished.

These are real-life Boogie examples… Click on the picture (and again) to see it bigger.

I was taught to only ever use Boogie’s name with Positive Reinforcement, so 90% of the time, Boogie responds gleefully when called.  (When I am just chatting to him and don’t have treats, his name is “Pumpkinhead”, “Little Dog”, “Boogaloo” or “Boogiemonster”)

In the Negative Reinforcement picture –> this is the BAT principle in action and the reward is RELIEF. From my own experience, if Boogie is stuck with a stranger for too long and the person is staring at him, leaning over him, rubbing his face, doing all the stuff that they shouldn’t do,  Boogie could lunge and bite. Whenever Boogie greets someone, I call him away after a few seconds so there is no risk of him feeling trapped.

Back to BAT and Boogie…

Yesterday  I took Boogie out for a long walk around my neighborhood. We passed at least five dogs on the street and in ALL cases, Boogie stopped, looked, and turned towards me. No reactivity at all!!! No stiffness, no hair raised. Boogie was very relaxed and did a lot of sniffing and peeing.

I did my usual BAT routine: When we see a dog, I stop, wait for a polite signal (eye blinks, head turn, softening of posture, etc) , YES! and lead Boogie off in the opposite direction, treat.

Yesterday, a couple of times when the strange dog was on the opposite side of the street,  Boogie turned to look at me, (YES!) but he clearly did not want to retreat.  He  pulled slightly forward on the leash as if to say ” I want to keep going forward”. So we did parallel walking with the other dog still on the other side of the street for several minutes. Boogie didn’t want a treat. He remained happy and relaxed, sniffing here, sniffing there, peeing here, peeing there.

The functional reward = Follow other dog at a safe distance, sniffing and peeing.

I gave him more treats anyway to reinforce this good behavior. 🙂

February 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm 9 comments

Vote for Boogie!

The mid-century modern furniture website – – is hosting a “Pets on Furniture” contest. Boogie has made it into Round 5!

In fact, I think Boogie thought of this pets-on-furniture idea first. 😉

Unfortunately, we’re falling behind in the contest. C’mon now, visit THIS LINK and vote for Boogie!

Here are more photos taken by my friend Jim in his apartment. Jim is the owner of these Eames chairs.

Yes, mom has treats to make him sit still and *look at camera*.

Photos of Boogie and his Uncle Jimmy –


**Update: Oh no. I think the poll is closed. Oh well. Enjoy these pics anyway!

January 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

A Boogie Valentine

My drawing of Boogie on a Farfisa organ as a Valentine’s Day Card…

I held a contest on the Doggie Drawings facebook page and “Sending You a Love Note” was the winning caption.  (“I am not wearing any pants” came a close second)

Boogie has a haggerty spot shaped like a love-heart. In reality, it is shaped more like a plectrum.

Haggerty Spot: One of the old founding lines of Bostons way back in the early 1900’s was owned by the Haggertys. Many of their Bostons were born with the dot on the top of their heads, and the marking became associated with the line. Hence, when you see it, it is ofter referred to as a “Haggerty dot”, “spot” or a “Haggerty star”. Most lines can be traced to Haggerty stock ‘way back, and the dot pops out once in awhile in just about any of the present kennels. Vincent Perry, a very honoured international all-breed judge, and highly respected Boston breeder who wrote “The Boston Terrier”, a book that went to at least 5 editions, called it “the kiss of God” and considered it the icing on the cake as far as perfect markings were considered. (via Boston Terrier Club of America)

Each card is individually printed and assembled by Yours Truly. Purchase “Boogie on Farfisa” Valentine’s Day cards HERE.

January 14, 2011 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

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