Training and Oatmeal, they have a lot in common

If you are good at working with another animal, teaching new skills, building complex behaviors, bringing words to fluent understanding, and doing so incrementally, for an onlooker it should be about as interesting as stirring oatmeal. Training should not be sensational. Training should not be about heightened emotions. Training should not be about entertaining onlookers….

Chasing Sunshine …

Marketing is powerful. Promises of things better than before, changes, new outlooks, more comfort, better health, full control, sexier, wealthier, or maybe a life with more simplicity. In any case, it is based on ‘chasing sunshine’. Running after what we think will be better, that might make us happier, or that could possibly bring brightness to…

the quick fix, the magical pill, the wonder watchamacallit!

When I was working as a Pastry Chef, (by default because I was a Baker), I had this one customer who would come into the restaurant pretty much weekly, and have one of the servers come and ask me if I could ‘whip him up a Grand Mariner Souffle’. My response to the server to…

Snake Avoidance Training – the good, bad, and wrong of it all

Tis’ the season. It’s spring and everything is waking up, growing, blooming, and crawling out of dens and holes. This includes snakes, all varieties of snakes. In Montana, like many other states, we have snakes, no shocker there. There are 10 species of snakes in Montana, and only one is venomous, the Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus…

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’…