The Adventures

Adventures are in the eye of the beholder. Whether it is caring for your puppy through the night, learning how to DIY raw feed your dog, or hitting the backroads of places unknown to you, adventures are adventures, big or small. Walking your dog from the front door to the car can be a big…

I don’t train husbands …

For nearly two decades now, not a week goes by where I am asked to help with a husbands behavior. And my answer has always been, I don’t train husbands. For a good reason, but I’ll get to that in a minute! My training business is surprisingly more men then women. I never really took…

Is the solution to ‘shock’ what you don’t want?

Every morning when I walk into the office, there is always at least one phone message pertaining to someone not wanting to shock their dog, but that is the advice they have received from neighbors, friends, family, and strangers at the dog park. For almost two decades of morning messages like that, I can safely…

Powder Day!

We are a couple of months into winter, and for sure we have had snow, but no big dumps, until last night. We woke up to a blue bird sky, sparkly diamond snow, no wind, and a perfect kind of cold. After duck chores and shoveling patios and driveways, it was time to enjoy the…

A Clarification of Sorts

I totally get why many pet owners, correction based trainers, and back yard trainers,  cringe when someone says they are a ‘positive reinforcement trainer’. I get it. And just for clarification – positive and negative in training terms are mathematical in nature, not emotional. Positive refers to ‘adding’, and Negative refers to ‘subtracting’. However, for…

Starting With Who You Have

We are humans so we all have goals. Some of us have simple goals, like getting out of bed when the alarm goes off instead of hitting snooze 20 times. And some of us have serious lofty goals, like cleaning up all of the plastic in the oceans. All valid, all worthy of personal attention,…

Why a DOG PARK education is worse than no education at all

This past week I have been going to a lake to swim Mama Beetz. I am focused on her since she has a little injury right now, but if it is early morning or dusk, I might bring one of my other dogs along that really enjoys swimming. I never as in never ever, bring…

Into the New …

I would have to say that I am never lacking for anything productive to do, even unproductive for that matter. With my training business, biodynamic garden business, my dogs, my kids, and our daily going-ons , life is full. But I have been wanting a change, and I think I have chosen to take our…

Accepting your dogs energy

It is one thing to have a dog, it is another thing to understand or gel with your dog. Good work cannot happen if there is a gap in focus, orientation, language, or intention. This is a fact. And what it comes down to is accepting your dogs energy. In other words it is learning…

Fast Food and Electronic Collars – they are kind of the same thing

I don’t use electronic shock collars. I have never had a need to use electronic shock collars. I think electronic shock collars are unethical and abusive. I believe if you have a dog you should also have the time to work with your dog and build a working relationship. The only thing that interests me…