My dog JakeMy dog is known to police.

I found this out from a hanging door tag left by the local Humane Society while I was out. “Please call the officer below re: incident involving ‘Jake’,” it said. Uh oh!

While I was away one weekend, Jake had stayed with my mother, and she and a neighbour took him out for a walk. I am not sure whether he was being protective or not, but he lunged at another dog, barking and snapping. Hearing his name and going by the neighbourhood, the dog owner reported this “vicious” Black Lab to the pet police.

I talked to the officer and Jake was let off with a warning, but we know his rap sheet is on file.

So I’m reading a book about communicating with your dog and reading the signals you give your dog (not always intentionally). It’s called The Other End of the Leash — Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia B. McConnell. The author talks about how what seems to be doggy disobedience is simply a case of miscommunication. While communication is my business, Jake is my first dog, so I’m feeling my way around a bit. Next step may have to be doggy boot camp!