CALVIN is ready for a new forever home – part 6

So I had a talk with Calvin’s foster home and they feel that he is ready for a forever home now. They weren’t sure when this day would come, but yesterday they felt really good about it. They feel comfortable with his progress, what they have seen, and his desire to learn more and experience…

CALVIN’s about town adventure – part 5

So Calvin and I were out and about again. It’s so fun showing him the world, but also seeing everything new through his eyes. I decided that I needed to see how he did in a car that was going faster, as in LONG road trip type speed. It didn’t go so well when we…

The Education of Mr. Sweet Cheeks, aka CALVIN – part 4

Today was so cool and interesting for a lot of reasons. When I went to pick Calvin up this afternoon he was SO excited to see me and he WANTED his leash on so we could get going. This is such a good sign to see a dog who has figured out that working with…

The Education of Mr. Sweet Cheeks, aka Calvin – part 2

Calvin was ready to go when I arrived, wiggles, wags, licks, and wanted his harness on! We started out and he had AMAZING check ins, kept looking back at me, hand touches, wanted to be engaged, sat easily at the cross walks. He definitely liked his first outing enough to remember what worked for him….

The Education of Mr. Sweet Cheeks, aka CALVIN – part 1

Calvin is a seven month old male dog. He was sold to his first owner as an American Pit Bull Terrier, but he is obviously a mix. The wool around his neck and withers is only one big clue, let alone his ear set, long body, over all appearance, and gorgeous marking/coloring. He just moved…

a splash pond kind of day!

It’s been hot for us, and it feels wonderful, but definitely hot. Our dogs are still having fun in the yard, but the real play happens in the pond, and it has been awesome! For those of you new to our dog pond, it was our project last summer. POND PROJECT It’s been wet and…

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…

training, politics, and religion … oh my!

So a Trainer, a Senator, and  Priest all walked into a bar … … and most likely had a great time! I was recently informed over the phone, by someone who called me to find out about my services, that they shouldn’t actually be calling me because they were Republican. I’m sorry did I miss…

kindness is magic

I absolutely love our advanced classes. These are the Teams that might have started out with a simple goal of a single puppy class, or practicing a good recall, or a fun tricks class, and then for whatever reason, they continue, and grow, and gain an advanced set of skills. Cool people, cool dogs, cool…

be a good mouth manager, your puppy is counting on you!

My work is centered around puppies. Puppy development, socialization, and foundation work. And to be honest, it rocks, it never ever gets old or tiresome. These little ones have only been on the planet for a number of weeks by the time I meet them, so everything is so new and so amazing for them….