be a good mouth manager, your puppy is counting on you!

My work is centered around puppies. Puppy development, socialization, and foundation work. And to be honest, it rocks, it never ever gets old or tiresome. These little ones have only been on the planet for a number of weeks by the time I meet them, so everything is so new and so amazing for them….

Top 10 tips – for families with children and puppies

2013 DWAA nomination for ‘Excellence in Single Blog Post’ Out of all of the things that I am, all of the hats that I wear, being a mother to my children and animals is first and foremost. I have been raising babies, children, and now teenagers, with our puppies and dogs, for almost a decade…

puppy school of hard knocks

It isn’t that uncommon to hear people, especially at dog parks, express the feelings and/or sentiments of ‘letting older dogs’ put their puppy in it’s place. Usually it’s the high energy, performance, working line puppies that are often the brunt of this philosophy. Maybe, just maybe, if another dog really scares them enough, they will…

can’t trick a trickster!

Being open, observant, and creative when training is so important. So important. But even so, every once in a while, a puppy will come along and teach me a new way of looking at something, and I get to see life through new eyes. I don’t think there is anything more refreshing than being ‘schooled’…

but I heard this breed makes a great family pet …

Here comes a bounding blur of a fur ball. Running right at me, apparently not even looking for obstacles to avoid, like knee caps. Tongue flying, legs trying to keep up with the momentum, and I just can’t help but smile. As my friend Cat B. says, and I have quoted her so often over…

Top 10 tips for puppy owners

This article received a DWAA nomination, February 2013! There are more tips than this, but these are the Top 10 that have come up over the past nine years, working with almost 400 puppies each year. A helpful reminder to puppy owner’s who want to grow their puppy into a balanced and loving adult dog….