Ready, Set, Hike! DVD

My Ready, Set, Hike! DVD launched this morning. It was produced by the lovely family at TawzerDog… A great way to start the day … more info ” Join Nancy Tanner, for a day of training and discussion, to prepare you and your dog for back country hiking and wilderness first aid … Ready, Set,…

like candy for a working dog

Working dogs like to work. Sounds obvious, buts it’s overlooked so often. If you pretend your dog is just a pet, he will remind you he is a working dog! It doesn’t take force, pain, or discomfort to get a working dog working, they are bred to do it. What it takes is a plan,…

when seniors have dogs – preparing your dog for the future

This article received the DWAA Maxwell Medallion Award, February 2013! You know, the very first book I wrote was called ‘The Old Woman and her Dog’. That was forty-one years ago. I’m not sure if writing that story shaped my life or was a premonition of things to come. In brief, she was an old…

the dog investment

I think it would be honest to say that dogs are an investment. An investment of the heart, the check book, and precious time. The minimal investment for a responsible pet owner would look something like this. searching for the right puppy/dog researching the breed or mix purchase price puppy/dog gear: crate, mat,toys, food,leash, harness,…

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…

when up is down

This past week was a very good reminder that neighborhoods aren’t always what they seem, for people or dogs. It’s Saturday and I’m just now getting my baring back. It’s easy to dismiss the minor foibles, not so easy when it involves your children or dogs. While an idealistic concept for raising children, neighborhoods can…

sit, really?

I’ve been pondering this question for quite some time, why is teaching our dogs SIT so high on the priority list? The reality is, they know how to sit long before we ever meet them, in fact when they learn to walk and move around, they also learn to sit, all on their own without…

know your trainer

When I first started my business, my clientele for the most part were friends and friends of friends from dog agility. I was a competitor, that was my world, and those were my people. It was awesome because we all shared the same philosophy for the most part; make training fun and purposeful, build a…

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….

hiking tip #6 – special considerations

This is the final post in this series. Happy and safe hiking! tip #6 – Right of Ways – when you are out hiking with your dog always pull off the trail (as far as you need) to anything, bigger, faster, or louder. If in doubt, pull off the trail with your dog anyway, be…