Rainy Fall Evening with Calvin – part 8

I’ve been out of town giving a workshop so I haven’t been able to socialize, train, and walk Calvin for the past week. I did hear however, that he might have a new dog walker on a weekly basis which would be super cool! We walked in the rain, puddles, and around the evening students…

10 things your pet sitter/walker would like you to know

I just had a lovely coffee date with a pet sitter/walker here in town. My dates are far and few between, so it’s always a welcome hour, or more! It’s fun to talk shop with someone who is on the ‘other side’ of what I do. While I coach people, and work with dogs, in…

walking the Grande Dames

How do you know when your teaching, training, and/or work has paid off with your dogs? How do you know when there is an understanding of a concept, or a behavior, important to the success of your team? How do you know when you and your dog have a mutual understanding, a relationship, a healthy…

open letter – for a more responsible dog community

A couple of weeks ago I sent an open letter to four agencies in town, including the City Commission and the Bozeman Ranger District. It’s been passed on to other agencies already so I consider it open. If you need a template to write to your city agencies, please feel free to use this. I…

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,…

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…

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….

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,…

when seniors have dogs – preparing your dog for the future

This article received the DWAA Maxwell Medallion Award, February 2013! You know, the very first book I wrote was called ‘The Old Woman and her Dog’. That was forty-one years ago. I’m not sure if writing that story shaped my life or was a premonition of things to come. In brief, she was an old…