Excuses do not good training make

A puppy you chose stands before you, or sits, whatever. Between you and your puppy there needs to always be an agreement, not just your puppy agreeing to your human wants and needs, but rather an equal agreement. I tend to refer to it as the sweet spot in a relationship, where everything is understood,…

Is your dog an asshole?

Everyone, absolutely everyone will tell you the good things about their dog, but what about all the other stuff, the asshole stuff, the maybe you won’t like me much when you find out what my dog does kind of stuff? You know, the stuff that is swept under the rug, out of sight, but still crunchy…

Feeding the farm that feeds our family that feeds our farm

 I am putting this information in table form, as it is easier to understand, and also a reminder to me of everything that is happening. Our farm is biodynamic, meaning that one living organism feeds another, and works together to create sustainable and optimal health. We do not use any chemicals, we feed organic and…

Open Communication

Communication with your dog isn’t as simple as you talking and hoping your dog listens. Communication where you connect with your dog and your dog connects with you, and there is an understanding where you are working together, is what I refer to as open communication. Sometimes it is words, but most of the time…

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…

The Quacklings have arrived

Cindy Lou Who? and two of our other ducks were kind of broody at the start of the summer. Broody but not really committed to it wholeheartedly. They would sit on a nest for a bit then go into the pasture and goof around all afternoon, eating bugs, swimming, living the duck life. But I…

Our Irrigation SYSTEM

With our new Urban Farm in full swing now, animals, orchards, garden boxes, and everything that goes along with that, one of the things we really want to do is to use as much native water as possible. This means rain water and passive run off. If any of you have tended any type of…

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…

Welcome Alistair!

My Ladies have been loving the spring thaw, the mud puddles, and endless outings out in the back pasture. Since Peaches showed me she is my one broody duck, I promised her a drake at some point, and the universe must have been listening. I was at the feed store the other day and was…

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…