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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

Boogie calendars

Some photos of the new Boogie On Scooters 2011 calendar…

Click HERE to buy a Boogie On Scooters calendar.

The  Mid-Century Boogie calendar is also available for 2011.

Click HERE to buy a Mid-Century Boogie calendar.

Coming soon…  more Boogie goodies!

November 11, 2010 at 10:13 pm 2 comments

More Boogie art.

It goes without saying that I am a crazy dog person and that I am obsessed with Boogie, so much so that I draw him over and over and over again. It’s easy, you see. He is always next to me or in front of me, or behind me or following me around. I see him all the time. Boogie demands to be seen and that cuteness is unavoidable.

A couple of years ago, I created a Boogie on Mid-Century Modern Furniture calendar as a Christmas gift to my friends. (These illustrations were blogged on Apartment Therapy :))

For 2011, I present the Boogie On Scooters – 2011 calendar! See the pics close-up in my flickr set.

*Note: Some of these colors may change in the final version*

I am researching printing options right now (trying to find the best online deal with the best quality) I am also planning post card versions.

I will let you know when this is available for purchase and I hope that you will all buy calendars for your Bostie or Scooter-lovin’ friends. It will make a great Christmas gift 🙂

September 26, 2010 at 11:47 pm 6 comments

Before I adopted Boogie…

…I fostered two boston terriers for Boston Buddies: Jazzy and Rocky.

Jazzy was a senior gal who had every medical problem imaginable and she eventually passed away from a brain tumor and stomach cancer after suffering from frequent seizures. Rocky had just become blind when he came to me,  and he also suffered from seizures and passed away from a brain infection.  I loved these two like my own dogs and I drew them, of course.

Today I turned these drawings into greeting cards and have posted them for sale on Zazzle. Here is the link to my Zazzle store

ROCKY christmas card for Boston Buddies 2007:

JAZZY card. (Jazzy LOVED Paul Newman’s cheese biscuits)

Memories:   Rocky’s blog and Jazzy’s blog

September 8, 2010 at 8:09 pm Leave a comment


This  blog entry has absolutely nothing to do with Boogie. These are MY toys. (inspired by this post)

1. Cactus Pup (Tokidoki) and Masked Dog (Mucha Lucha)

2. Spotbot (TOMY).  Mine doesn’t do THIS, though. 😦

3. Bulldog (MERC London) and Boston Terrier (custom). The cute Boston is a cool gift from cartoonist Greg HamLUNA sticker on the right.

4. Bawbricks series (MEDICOM). The glittery painting of Boogie was a birthday gift from Dale Sizer.

Do you have any favorite dog toys/figures?

July 26, 2010 at 6:20 am 4 comments

Boogie’s Photo Shoot with Jesse Freidin

Have you all heard of Jesse Freidin? Jesse Freidin is an award-winning pet photographer based in the Bay area who has a handsome Boston Terrier called Pancake, and shoots very stylish black and white doggie photos with a vintage camera. Website:

Jesse was in L.A. last month and we were thrilled to have our first professional photo session EVER!

Read Jesse Freidin’s blog post on our BOOGIE-PANCAKE barter.

The shoot took place in my apartment (er… I should have cleaned up some more) because we all agreed that this is where  Boogie feels the most confident and relaxed, with no external distractions.

Jesse and Diana (his assistant) were awesome. It was impressive how quickly they made Boogie feel comfortable and happy.  Boogie loved them and was surprisingly cheery and cooperative even when the camera was pointed at him. Remember, I have a dog who gets nervous around strangers … He doesn’t even usually like having his photo taken!

Firstly, here are a few pics from our session; some taken from Diana’s flickr set of behind-the-scenes photos.

Today Jesse sent me a gallery of Boogie photos. I am having a really hard time choosing JUST ONE favorite photo to be made into a print, because they are all so great!!! After consulting with Boogie’s extended family, here are our favorites of the bunch:

A classic Boogie SIT pose. When he is waiting for a treat.Everybody LOVES this one…


Another huge favorite. We love Boogie’s “sticky lip”.  Such a great photo!

A classic Boogie and ball pic… he looks so regal. I love it.

How can I possibly pick just ONE???

Boogie and I also had photos taken with Flat Brutus! This was quite surreal and extremely cool…

[photos via Diana’s Flickr]

The Flat Brutus Project is a very special fundraiser for French Bulldog Rescue and you can read more about it on:

If you are located in L.A., don’t let this stop you from booking a session with Jesse Freidin. He travels around! 🙂

July 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm 5 comments

How NOT to greet a dog

We had an incident today at a local pet store…which is what inspired this illustration below.

The crazy thing is that most people don’t believe me when I tell them that my dog is very sensitive and that he could react if you lean too close over him.

One lady at the pet store actually said to me: “Sometimes you just have to let dogs do their own thing. He is fine. Look! He is so well-behaved. You don’t have to worry.” I know she meant well but it was almost as if she thought I was being a control freak!

When Boogie snapped, the first thing she said was “Oh, you’re right. He’s a rescue dog with issues”. WTF. It wasn’t Boogie’s fault.

March 23, 2010 at 1:36 am 32 comments

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