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 misunderstanding of time

  When I am asked what is the biggest problem in dog training today, it is the same problem I saw  fourteen years ago, thirty years ago, it is the misunderstanding of time.     It takes time to learn how to be a teacher to another species. It takes time to learn how to learn…

The 5,699 things your Trainer would like you to know

I love to share knowledge, I love to share stories, I love to share conversations. It is about connection, growth, and understanding. Sometimes however, I get so excited about all of this I have to remember that not everyone is ready, or open, or really wanting to do the work. For some I am sure…

my cautious, fearful, Ocean – part 3

As Ocean and I were growing together, our household grew as well, intentionally I might add. Story came to our home when Ocean was three, and $eeker moved in just two years later. Again, I think it would be fair to state that Ocean would have preferred to be our only dog, possibly the only…

Top 10 Tips – the final from my Gran Dame

I pass along life lessons from my dog Franny, in no particular order. What she taught me about herself, living with animals in general, people, relationships, and living life your own way. top 10 tips – Dogs judge. They have a fairly amazing and innate bullshit meter, some more than others. Don’t think you can…

compassion – born with it, learn it, do dogs have it?

This past week I have been thinking a great deal about compassion. I should also add that I have been put in a position to really give it some deep thought. I think some people use the word, compassion, as freely as they use a word, like say, happy. It’s become somewhat generic in its…