our Dog Gym – the final stages!

An awesome Sunday to be sure! We were set to go hiking and swimming this weekend for our dogs birthday’s, but Franny was having a Grandma moment and didn’t really want to get out of her rocking chair. So on Saturday we had a Spa Day instead, baths, brushing, nails, massages, garden hang time, and…

dog photos in black and white …

I always take my camera hiking, always. Sometimes it’s my good camera, most of the time it’s my cell phone version. My camera’s get to see some very cool places in the world, I consider our local mountains some of the coolest. Earlier this week on our hike it was kind of smokey, the colors…

multiple dog households and conflict

When I was pregnant with my second child, and the due date was nearing, I asked a very dear friend of mine, who was the mother of five, how do you avoid sibling rivalry? You see, I grew up in a household with four sisters, this was important for me. My dear friend took a…

moving stuff in little by little with Batman!

The sixteen hour days just might be catching up with us! Spore was painting until 2:30am, his day was actually more like twenty hours. The painting is done for the most part, now just small trim pieces that go up here and there. Today we have mirrors, lights, bathroom and heater stuff. Over coffee last…

treibball blind finds

So I started Treibball about one year ago. I had heard a bit about the sport, saw my friends in Missoula getting started with it, and decided to give it a go. Exercise balls are easy and cheap enough to purchase, so that was a selling point for starting this new sport too. After 10…

sit, really?

I’ve been pondering this question for quite some time, why is teaching our dogs SIT so high on the priority list? The reality is, they know how to sit long before we ever meet them, in fact when they learn to walk and move around, they also learn to sit, all on their own without…

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….

Lunch Break Training

A few weeks ago I started a video series ‘Lunch Break Training’. More will be coming, hopefully one a week or so. I dropped my camera and it’s currently being repaired, hold tight! So often I hear from loving owners how they would like to do more, but feel like they are in a training…

heading east

Every spring we load two kids and four dogs into my car and head east. Why? Well I have a mini van and we all fit! Eastern Montana is pretty cool really, especially in the early spring when everything is just barely waking up. Cool, crisp and open for as far as you can see,…