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…

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…

It is what it is …

Each time I step out into the world and meet a new person, a new dog, a chicken, or a horse, it is meeting another living being, an opening of sorts. The exchange of words is a human thing, that’s what we do, but it is really the tone and intention behind the words that…

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….

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…

ditch the TOOL BOX …

The virtual  Trainers Tool Box. The ‘make believe’ place where ideas, techniques, theories, and training aids are stored. Just in case, because you never know when you’ll need it. The smoke screen place that assumes no blame and no shame. The illusion that all knowledge is usable and viable and fair. Again, just in case, because…

Vaccines, and why this conversation should not be so polarized

Fear has more traction than love. Fear is more powerful than common sense. Fear moves faster than understanding. Fear makes us fight, run, or freeze. SO, grab your pitch forks, light your torches, gather together, and lets go after those that cause us fear! Oh wait a second, that would be the witch hunts which we…