Our first TRICK DOGGING Team!

I started a new on-line TRICK DOGGING TITLING LEVELS program just five days ago. February, Valentine’s, and love gifts, were my motivation for this being the kick off month. I am a huge fan of TIME with your dog being the best gift of all, so what better way to spend time than teaching tricks!…

Tuesdays with Calvin – part 10

Calvin and I have known each other almost six weeks now. He is such a cool dog on so many levels, but mostly cool because that is who he is. Just cool! He is happy, he likes being around happy, he likes to work, he likes to hang, and he is giving learning a go!…

my cautious, fearful, Ocean – part 1

In August 2002, someone told me about a litter of pups, border collie/aussie crosses, that were for sale. $45, they needed to go fast! I called the family and made a time to go out and see the puppies. It wasn’t hell, but it wasn’t good either. When I pulled up, the adult dogs came…

up north in Alaska!

It’s workshop season! And what a great start. A trip up north to Anchorage and Wasilla for a variety of topics, freestyle, cross training, team success and treibball. Ask anyone who wants to book me, it takes a lot to get me to leave home. But in this process of prying me away from my…

can’t trick a trickster!

Being open, observant, and creative when training is so important. So important. But even so, every once in a while, a puppy will come along and teach me a new way of looking at something, and I get to see life through new eyes. I don’t think there is anything more refreshing than being ‘schooled’…

3rd times a charm … or at least I hope so!

When the back hatch opened, a beautiful dog jumped out the back. My new clients were walking towards me with their newly adopted dog. I couldn’t help but think, ‘I know this dog!?’. In the pre history forms that I require everyone to fill out, his breed, name, and shelter where he came from were…

prepare to be inspired!

Sandy, who was 72 years old at the time wanted to come and watch one of my puppy classes with a friend. She just got a new Maltese puppy and was looking for a class. They showed up early, they seemed nice enough, sat down and watched a class of 14 week old puppies romping…

tricks for commercial work – session #2

A very long time ago I did some commercial and TV work with my dogs. Mostly I was the behind the scenes trainer, but sometimes I did demo’s with my dogs. It was fun, the pomp around it was kind of zingy and good energy, but truth be told I wasn’t driven towards that industry….