construction, demo, kill the navy blue! days 3 & 4

Thank you to our many visitors in the past two days, even you wise crackers asking for medical marijuana for your hang nails! Friendly faces and mini tours put some awesome energy into this space! So we are moving along at a pace that makes me smile. I am so excited about the progress and…

rewards, yup!

Pretty much, almost everyday for the past nine years I find myself talking about rewards with someone. And truth be told, it’s always a fun conversation, and rewarding for me! Some people instinctively get the basic premise, if you want something you need to give something. After all it’s how we as humans function on…

tips for thunder/firework sound sensitive dogs

Here in Montana, thunder and firework season are one in the same. There seems to be little to no reprieve for our sound sensitive dogs from June through late July. My recommended protocol for dogs that are trying to crawl out of their own skin during this season is a layered approach, and easy enough…

and the construction begins… days 1 & 2

It really doesn’t hurt to be married to a carpenter, furniture maker, welder, tiler kind of guy. In fact it’s more than handy when you need something fixed, built, or re modeled. And if you’re into training any type of competition dog sport, there is always equipment or gear that needs to designed and made….

Paws & People has a new home – year round facility!

We have a home! Yes, that’s right. After nine years of seasonally leasing space, we are moving into a year round facility, indoor/outdoor, and we’ll have a toilet! It feels so strange to be so excited about this move, but there is something good about it, on pretty much every level! It didn’t come easy…

the proof is in the pudding … walk on & wait training

The proof is in the pudding! I like this phrase, it’s a delicious word picture for me. But it’s the meaning behind it that I really like, it means that the true value or quality of something can only be judged when it’s put to use.  I am a person that learns by doing. If…

treibball blind finds

So I started Treibball about one year ago. I had heard a bit about the sport, saw my friends in Missoula getting started with it, and decided to give it a go. Exercise balls are easy and cheap enough to purchase, so that was a selling point for starting this new sport too. After 10…

what is your face saying?

It’s all about the dog; dog training, dog body language, dog food, dog gear, dog behavior, dog tricks, dog etc. I believe that sometimes we are so focused on learning more and doing more that we over look some of the obvious moments with our dogs. Like what are we doing to encourage our dogs,…

living with a dog outside of neutral – part 7

Living is the foundation. While we have spent 10+ years with Franny, and have had to learn and grow a great deal so we could all be successful, living our lives together was always at the center of our thoughts. It sounds rather obvious, but you might be surprised by the great number of professional…

living with a dog outside of neutral – part 6

Franny is still very much alive so it would be unfair for me to conclude if the choices we have made for her have been right or not. The story is still being lived. I hesitate in the biggest kind of way to be a trainer/owner who works with a dog for a year or…