What you should know about Cheatgrass

Cheat grass, also known as – mean seeds, timothy, foxtails, cheat grass, June grass, and downy brome, is not only invasive, causing early season fires, out competing native species, but it is also potentially harmful to your dog. This grass germinates in the fall, and the seedling roots continue to grow throughout the winter, making…

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…

My Complicated Relationship with Veterinarians

I have been wanting to put these thoughts on paper for some time. However this plays out, it is simply as organized as I could make it, truly it is complicated and not so straight forward. FIRSTLY I am a Small Business Owner and a Certified Professional Trainer. My business is mine, legally, ethically, and…

Is it for health, or is it just marketing?

This will be short and sweet. If you follow any type of conventional vaccine schedule for your cat, dog, or horse for that matter, you are trading a ‘maybe’ acute disease that they currently don’t have and maybe will never get, for lifelong chronic issues, or the side effect known as ‘death’. Please know that…

Canine Cocktails

I serve Canine Cocktails all year long, it’s my version of a super healthy concoction, and something special for my dogs, outside of their regular meal time. During the Holidays I make it a bit fancier, because why not. You can use glass or plastic glasses, your choice, you just have to know your dog/s,…

I want a mulligan, just one

I for sure love my dogs, all of them, past and present. But love is a funny thing. For me it is how my dogs make me feel when I am around them. Sometimes it is an easy love, where our personalities and energies mesh so perfectly it feels seamless, as one. Other times, well it…

… the life I have wanted for my dogs

It isn’t uncommon for someone to get a herding breed … … then fall in love with all that they have to offer … … then start to learn how to work with them … … then give up the life they know so they can know a different life with their dog … ……

Top 10 Tips – Considerations for Raising Littermates

Littermates have known each other since the day of conception, the entire time in the womb, and during the neonatal snuggle and pile up nursing stage. They have been each others pillows, first play mates, first partners in crime, and each others first chew toys when cutting teeth. Littermates know each other intimately, every skin…

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,…

The LAYERED CRAP CAKE Developmental Stage

From the day of birth, for all mammals, there is change, growth, and development in all aspects, emotionally, socially, physically, mentally, and sexually. And then of course with age there is decline, aging, and eventually death. It is the full circle, cradle to grave. Canines rip through developmental stages so fast, they basically hit the…