The Inconvenient Puppy

From the day that puppy hits the ground, there is work to be done, schedules that need to be changed, and sleep becomes a thing of the past. The Mama Dog, whether she has one or thirteen puppies, she is the sole source of nutrition and comfort for what are basically – furry, nursing, pooping,…

Accepting your dogs energy

It is one thing to have a dog, it is another thing to understand or gel with your dog. Good work cannot happen if there is a gap in focus, orientation, language, or intention. This is a fact. And what it comes down to is accepting your dogs energy. In other words it is learning…

Puppy Classroom Trade Secret #34

When you stand up in front of a crowd in any way, shape or form, you will be judged, that’s the way the cookie crumbles, and it doesn’t have to be a bad thing, it’s just a thing. If you choose a profession where you will be standing up and speaking out, especially in a…

Puppy Classroom Trade Secret #19

There are those nights where I cannot wait to get to class. New little puppies, friendly people, laughter, snuggling, teaching, learning, just all a bit magical. These nights are like a drug, kind of addictive. And then there are those nights where I just cannot seem to get in the mood to face piranha like…

Puppy Classroom Trade Secret #27

Here we go, between you, me, and the interweb. Puppy parents have questions and I must have the answers. From potty training, to tricks, to hiking off leash, there is a lot of information to share, and share I do. Sometimes the questions are a bit trickier, maybe something about body language, or appropriate food…

It is what it is …

Each time I step out into the world and meet a new person, a new dog, a chicken, or a horse, it is meeting another living being, an opening of sorts. The exchange of words is a human thing, that’s what we do, but it is really the tone and intention behind the words that…

Top 10 Tips – dealing with a traumatic dog experience

All dogs can handle stress, a little or a lot. All dogs are resilient, a little or a lot. Most dogs will encounter one or more traumatic events in their life time, by the mouth of another, by the hands of another, through the fury of Mother Nature, from man-made noises, to scary office/medical experiences….

… or is it mental masturbation?

say it how it is – series There are those that like polite, easy to digest information, a fast food version of what is going on with their dog. Scratching the surface, tickling the tip of the iceberg, but nothing more. And there are others that like the deeper more full-bodied list of details, savoring my…

yes you heard me correctly, I want to hear your dog growl

If you have been a parent to young children, you know that when things get quiet, something is going terribly wrong. Marker drawing on the wall, flushing cereal down the toilet, cutting their hair or their siblings hair or the dogs hair, or going out the front door for a neighborhood walk about, etc. Silence…