I don’t train husbands …

For nearly two decades now, not a week goes by where I am asked to help with a husbands behavior. And my answer has always been, I don’t train husbands. For a good reason, but I’ll get to that in a minute! My training business is surprisingly more men then women. I never really took…

Yesterday I learned something new

Censorship has hit the USA … again. This seems to be part of our history when someone in power is threatened by ‘other voices’, most of the time voices of reason, voices of common sense, and voices that challenge the narrative or lies being told. Someone in power doesn’t even have to be a person…

Moving Mayhem – how to make the best of it!

Whether you are doing a small move, large move, and an extensive life overhaul move, moving is moving and it disrupts the nest. This difference when we move between humans and dogs is, a human is thinking about and planning the move for months if not longer, and is mentally preparing the possibilities and transition,…

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…

A Clarification of Sorts

I totally get why many pet owners, correction based trainers, and back yard trainers,  cringe when someone says they are a ‘positive reinforcement trainer’. I get it. And just for clarification – positive and negative in training terms are mathematical in nature, not emotional. Positive refers to ‘adding’, and Negative refers to ‘subtracting’. However, for…

The Office – part 8

Everyone said that once Story retired, well he was going to have a great life, but The Office would take a huge dive without him. He was successful, honest, charismatic, a natural leader, and as true as they come. But Story had a plan, and his plan included Rhumb Line. Confidence in her abilities at…

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…

My Christmas Letter 2018

I have no long punch list of going-ons this year. No school this, kids that, vacations anything. We bought a giant disaster of a property in 2018. The End. Our new property has been referred to as dysfunctional, neglected, a giant shit hole, a burn down, a money pit, War of the Roses, kind of…

Because he inspires me …

This would have been our fourth Valentines weekend in New York City. I started this blog just over four years ago, and every year I have had one to five articles nominated by the Dog Writers Association of America. They announce the winners in New York City, the night before the Westminster Dog Show, so…