how adoptable are you?

In 2008 the Utah/Idaho Vizsla Rescue invited me to their annual retreat. They invited me to just come, hang out, be a guest trainer if someone had questions, swim, hike, and enjoy their company. Seriously, how can anyone say no to that? I ended up going three years in a row, and felt so honored…

prepare your dog

Life has a way of changing on us, it is truly the only constant. Sometimes we initiate the change, which can be pretty cool. And then some times change happens whether we are ready or not. Some glide through change gracefully, for most it’s more of a bumpy ride until one adjusts. For our dogs,…

our first workshop in our new Dog Gym!

Well it has been one month and three days since we started renovating an old warehouse. We have had very few glitches, the flooring, or rather the damaged flooring has been the biggest, and truthfully the only one that has caused any kind of stress. It set our renovation/opening schedule back two weeks, but we…

Building the Therpay Dog & Canine Crisis Response Team – DVD release

YAY! my third DVD was released today. Produced by the wonderful team at Tawzer Dog. A huge thank you to my clients and friends who brought their puppies and dogs in for filming. They were awesome. Some awesomely scampy, others awesomely calm! ” …Building a Therapy Dog or a Crisis Response Dog from puppy on…

living with a dog outside of neutral – part 6

Franny is still very much alive so it would be unfair for me to conclude if the choices we have made for her have been right or not. The story is still being lived. I hesitate in the biggest kind of way to be a trainer/owner who works with a dog for a year or…

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,…

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…

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 #4 – your day pack

When hiking with your dog you don’t need a lot of gear, in fact I prefer lite hiking. But you should consider carrying the essentials if you are going out for an hour or more. The first step in prevention is being prepared. tip #4 a day pack – a simple top loader or a…