rewards, yup!

Pretty much, almost everyday for the past nine years I find myself talking about rewards with someone. And truth be told, it’s always a fun conversation, and rewarding for me! Some people instinctively get the basic premise, if you want something you need to give something. After all it’s how we as humans function on…

treibball blind finds

So I started Treibball about one year ago. I had heard a bit about the sport, saw my friends in Missoula getting started with it, and decided to give it a go. Exercise balls are easy and cheap enough to purchase, so that was a selling point for starting this new sport too. After 10…

everybody is a genius …

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing that it is stupid… Albert Einstein I think of this often, especially in regards to our dogs that live in a human world. So often working dogs go into family pet…

like candy for a working dog

Working dogs like to work. Sounds obvious, buts it’s overlooked so often. If you pretend your dog is just a pet, he will remind you he is a working dog! It doesn’t take force, pain, or discomfort to get a working dog working, they are bred to do it. What it takes is a plan,…

Lunch Break Training

A few weeks ago I started a video series ‘Lunch Break Training’. More will be coming, hopefully one a week or so. I dropped my camera and it’s currently being repaired, hold tight! So often I hear from loving owners how they would like to do more, but feel like they are in a training…

heading east

Every spring we load two kids and four dogs into my car and head east. Why? Well I have a mini van and we all fit! Eastern Montana is pretty cool really, especially in the early spring when everything is just barely waking up. Cool, crisp and open for as far as you can see,…

My Ocean… retirement

To Ocean, Happy Retirement … my agility partner for eight fast and furious years! It was simply improbable all the way around. She came from a backyard breeder where the puppies were living in trash, nine energetic puppies scampering around in piles and piles of trash. Ocean had a diaper on her head, surely she…