The Adventures

Adventures are in the eye of the beholder. Whether it is caring for your puppy through the night, learning how to DIY raw feed your dog, or hitting the backroads of places unknown to you, adventures are adventures, big or small. Walking your dog from the front door to the car can be a big…

Top 10 Tips – Considerations for Raising Littermates

Littermates have known each other since the day of conception, the entire time in the womb, and during the neonatal snuggle and pile up nursing stage. They have been each others pillows, first play mates, first partners in crime, and each others first chew toys when cutting teeth. Littermates know each other intimately, every skin…

Top 10 Tips – dealing with a traumatic dog experience

All dogs can handle stress, a little or a lot. All dogs are resilient, a little or a lot. Most dogs will encounter one or more traumatic events in their life time, by the mouth of another, by the hands of another, through the fury of Mother Nature, from man-made noises, to scary office/medical experiences….

Top 10 tips – for the Adolescent Dog Owner

Life with a puppy, while it seems intense at the time, is actually a honeymoon compared to living with an adolescent dog. And it isn’t just your dog, it is all adolescent dogs, a little or a lot, that tend to bring out the worst in their human. There are specific reasons why, and the…

Top 10 Tips – the final from my Gran Dame

I pass along life lessons from my dog Franny, in no particular order. What she taught me about herself, living with animals in general, people, relationships, and living life your own way. top 10 tips – Dogs judge. They have a fairly amazing and innate bullshit meter, some more than others. Don’t think you can…

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…

Top 10 tips for dogs in transition

Taking the steps to get a new dog is exciting. Going to a breeder, rescue, or shelter and spending time with various dogs opens the heart. But when you find that perfect match, the dog of your dreams, it’s better than any present, any surprise. I refer to ‘new to you dogs’ as ‘dogs in…

Top 10 tips – training your off leash dog

We live in an area where the number one goal people have for their dogs is to have them off leash when hiking or in official off leash open spaces. Having a trained and reliable off leash dog is uber different than taking your untrained dog off leash and letting them run around. When you…

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….