the exchange of breath

So good morning… My video camera was working today and I managed to get some short but nice footage. A great way to start this morning! My mornings are so varied. Truly, if I were to write my job description out on paper, it would be a bit wack really. I love it, it keeps…

lower your expectations … or put more into it

My current Cross Training class has me so inspired. All older adolescent dogs, none of them straight forward easy, some down right frustrating for the owners, and a couple with over the top behaviors that require even more managment. Yet they are ALL doing the work, ALL asking great questions, ALL watching the videos I…

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…

up north in Alaska!

It’s workshop season! And what a great start. A trip up north to Anchorage and Wasilla for a variety of topics, freestyle, cross training, team success and treibball. Ask anyone who wants to book me, it takes a lot to get me to leave home. But in this process of prying me away from my…

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’…

tricks, this is where the fun begins!

Teaching and working on new behaviors with my dogs, ‘tricks’, is a huge part of my foundation in training. After all, everything is really a trick, isn’t it? I teach sit, down, stay and come, the same way I would teach spin, twirl, bow, high five, and weave. I think the difference is how we…

walking the Grande Dames

How do you know when your teaching, training, and/or work has paid off with your dogs? How do you know when there is an understanding of a concept, or a behavior, important to the success of your team? How do you know when you and your dog have a mutual understanding, a relationship, a healthy…

Sunday Morning Walk & Train

Along with our new training Dog Gym, we are introducing new programs. One of the programs I am really excited about is our Sunday Morning Walk & Train. Exercise for both the handler and dog! An hour long walk on the lovely trails just out our front door at the Gym, and then an hour…

is desexing the answer, or the question?

Sometimes we can be so influenced by what we see, hear, or experience on a regular basis, that we forget there are other options. Or at the very least, possibilities. I recently had a very cool conversation with my friend Lisa from Australia, in regards to the desexing of competition dogs. We both own intact…