Our trails are in need of better etiquette

“Either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about whats happening in the hood” – Dough, Boyz n the Hood. Our winters in the mountains are awesome. Awesome and long. I love the snow, but honestly I think the pay off for eight months of winter is the glorious wild flower season, hiking in altitude,…

I always trust my dogs

Today. A day that screamed ‘go hiking with your dogs’! I haven’t been out in the mountains as much as I would like this season. Enough that we all feel healthy, but not enough where I feel a bit ‘itchy’ during the week. So I am going back to my old lifestyle, a new priority so…

hiking is my drug

I have been working a great deal lately. Neglecting the thing I love most, hiking with my dogs. There is nothing quite like the sound of the high Montana desert in the winter. Silent. Crisp cool air, and total silence. It allows me to hear each and every paw touching the earth. Their breathing. It’s…

why I love to hike …

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean”. John Muir Hiking is walking, but with way more dirt, and I like both. Sometimes I like to hike and explore the fauna, scat and tracks. Other times…

Sunday Morning Walk & Train

Along with our new training Dog Gym, we are introducing new programs. One of the programs I am really excited about is our Sunday Morning Walk & Train. Exercise for both the handler and dog! An hour long walk on the lovely trails just out our front door at the Gym, and then an hour…

how adoptable are you?

In 2008 the Utah/Idaho Vizsla Rescue invited me to their annual retreat. They invited me to just come, hang out, be a guest trainer if someone had questions, swim, hike, and enjoy their company. Seriously, how can anyone say no to that? I ended up going three years in a row, and felt so honored…

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…

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,…

living with a dog outside of neutral – part 7

Living is the foundation. While we have spent 10+ years with Franny, and have had to learn and grow a great deal so we could all be successful, living our lives together was always at the center of our thoughts. It sounds rather obvious, but you might be surprised by the great number of professional…

living with a dog outside of neutral – part 6

Franny is still very much alive so it would be unfair for me to conclude if the choices we have made for her have been right or not. The story is still being lived. I hesitate in the biggest kind of way to be a trainer/owner who works with a dog for a year or…