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…

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…

I don’t want my dog to think that just because …..

It is a warm, nearly hot, sunny summer morning. And yet, my feet are tucked under Story as I sit and type this out. Even with the heat, the weight of his body and the wooliness of his fur on my feet feel just about perfect. Just so you know, almost everything I have written…

she who must be obeyed …

My garden is looking quite wild this morning, and if I stand for just long enough, I can see each plant grow an inch or two. My coffee is darn near perfect. My kids have been for a long run and are now picking raspberries. Our kitchen is looking like a garden farmy kind of disaster,…

The secret life of squash & my Georgia O’Keeffe hommage

No secret that I do not like this time of year. It is the ‘blowing shit up’ time of year in my mind, nothing to do with Americas Independence. Lots of garden time, hiking time, and inside listening to music and cooking time. Yesterday morning we were in the garden, and the light was near perfect. My…

learn me …

“We hardly know one another” “You can learn me…” “Learn you?” “Yes or No” ~ The Constant Gardener I am asked, almost on a daily basis, why dogs respond to me the way that they do. I think this always catches me off guard, a little or a lot, as I don’t really think about…

the dog not of your fairy tale

I am somewhat sensitive to emotions, body language, and energy. Not just the human type, but all animal type, with the exception of reptiles. I don’t get reptiles and I am pretty certain they don’t get me. I don’t need verbal communication to get what is going on. While my title is professional trainer, it…