The Ostrich Effect in the Dog World

In the social sciences, behavioral sciences, behavioral finance, psychology, and maybe a few more disciplines, including the likes of canine behavioral sciences, there exists the Ostrich Effect. It is the attempt made by a person to avoid information that they may not be ready to absorb, hear, or know. It is the Ostrich burying its…

Sharing this planet for a moment in time

“Dogs are loyal, and faithful, and want to please, and they don’t judge you, they love you for who you are …” When I see this on social media, hear this in conversation, or read it in some article I gag ever so slightly. Okay maybe more than that. It is a massive reductionist view…

My confusing relationship with animals …

Nothing is straight forward, for me anyways, and often times, if we are being super honest, things can be rocky, and confusing, sometimes funny, or upsetting. I grapple with my relationships I have with animals almost on a daily basis, one because my very profession is working with animals and teaching others how to understand…

Skunk Juice, Butt Worms, and a Broody Hen

Here it is, all of it. Raw and unapologetic. What would life be like if that were the norm instead of the exception? What if the information we shared about our relationships with each other and our animals went unedited. This is our life and our relationship together, the good, the bad, the indifferent, the…

Doubling Down on the Doodle Thing

Doodle is fun to say, it feels good on the tongue. Mr. Doodle Pants, Doodlicious, Doodle Head, Doodle, Doodle Pup, Where’s My Doodle, whatever, it’s fun. We have Doodles of all types in our classes every single session. And as with all puppies, sans breed, when a little one walks into our training area, I…

Please don’t worry about what others think of you …

Nope this isn’t PSYC 101. So sit back in your office, or at home in your robe, with coffee in hand and read on. This is for all the dog people who give other people way too much power. Your dog doesn’t care about the clothes you wear, or not. Your dog doesn’t care that…

… because it has been a life time worth of practice so far …

I love moving with dogs. Just as in learning how to walk, one foot in front of the other, and realizing how this opens up the entire world for exploration, learning how to move with a dog opens up a whole new category of relationship. There is this thing I call the ‘sweet spot’ when…

Dogs, their rules, snow, and hearts …

It’s early yet, not quite winter, but we have snow, a solid hard frost, eighteen degree mornings, and that yummy feeling of wanting to be in the kitchen making delicious savory anythings, and sipping strong hot black coffee. And every year, there are two things that happen that truly clarify summer is over, and my…

The perfect collision – curiosity, knowledge, and food …

All living beings need the whole enchilada, an integrative life, in order to feel balance, to be healthy inside and out, to the core, our essence. All of it. Social, emotional, physical, and nutritional well-being. Unifying separate things. Creating a whole from different parts. Integrative. Fifteen years ago I realized that the pretty dog food…

VAXXED The Movie … a review and a reminder, from me to you

My husband went to the movies with me last night. If I say nothing else, this really says it all. The End. But I like talking to you all so let me fill you in. I have been following the conversation, the controversy, and the clips from the movie VAXXED since April. An official selection…