Puppy Classroom Trade Secret #27

Here we go, between you, me, and the interweb. Puppy parents have questions and I must have the answers. From potty training, to tricks, to hiking off leash, there is a lot of information to share, and share I do. Sometimes the questions are a bit trickier, maybe something about body language, or appropriate food…

Trade Secrets Series – because it is time …

As a Holiday gift, from me to you, I will be sharing, releasing, and spilling the beans with some of my PUPPY CLASSROOM TRADE SECRETS. From Family Pet Owners to Professional Trainers, you’ve all been banging down my door, calling at all hours, stopping me in the grocery store, and have been wanting to know,…

Comforting the Comfort Dog – The Conundrum

If you have been on an airplane in the last couple of years, perhaps a bus, or in a store of any kind, chances are you have seen someone with a dog. I am not sure that the world has become more dog friendly necessarily, but rather more people are finding a need to have…

Ever wanted to know how the whole kibble thing happened?

We have all fed our dogs kibble at one time or another. There isn’t anyone alive today that hasn’t seen a bag of dog food. It is part of our personal biography, our history of sorts. And with my generation, there isn’t a person alive that hasn’t fed table scraps, dogs were the ‘composting garbage…

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…

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….

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…

Radio Interview

Thanks to Katherine Ziff from Canada that called me out of the blue and asked if I wanted to be part of her radio project, a short documentary, an audio snippet into someones life. I had no idea what she was talking about, no context, but I love creativity and the arts, and so I…

My Interview with ABC Fox MT

In our area of Montana we recently had a woman killed by two dogs. It was a tragic event all the way around. The headlines and articles that followed were sensational, irresponsible, pieces of crap. And I said so publicly on my facebook page. The next day I had three news stations call me and…