Puppy Classroom Trade Secret #58

When I walk into my classroom, puppies will rush at me, glob onto me, and jump up to say HI. And when I step out to demonstrate with one of these little pups, it is smooth, seamless, and moving perfection. No real hitches to speak of. Why? The reality is, with a puppy you don’t get…

Puppy Classroom Trade Secret #127

We live in a world where many people see puppies as two dimensional beings, meaning length and breadth but no depth. Kind of like an input/output machine of sorts, if something is asked of a puppy, then the puppy responds accordingly, without conflict, reservation, or opinion. But boy oh boy, when a puppy reminds their…

Puppy Classroom Trade Secret #19

There are those nights where I cannot wait to get to class. New little puppies, friendly people, laughter, snuggling, teaching, learning, just all a bit magical. These nights are like a drug, kind of addictive. And then there are those nights where I just cannot seem to get in the mood to face piranha like…

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…

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…

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…

compassion, dirt, and feathers

Children need flowers they need dirt to play in plants to munch on while sitting in the sun and rain and wind Children need to touch the earth with bare feet to feel the wet grass the dry earth the heat of the sidewalk to feel the early morning sun on their face and to…

The Magical Diet Pill Dog Training Method

say it how it is – series It’s easy to make promises to yourself when you are waiting for the puppy to arrive home. Positive affirmations are always good, so why not. I will love, as in capital L.O.V.E this little fur baby. I will get up early, I will stay up late. I promise…