look beyond the behavior

It’s so easy to get caught up in the moment, especially when we are living or working with another species, like our dogs. The moment can be crazy good, and who wouldn’t want to be caught up in that? Sign me up right now! But transversely, the moment can be negative on some level, and…

sun, snow, and the high desert …

Our first hike this winter season in the high desert areas of Montana, feels so good to be back! Truly, there is nothing quite like a sunny blue bird sky, crisp diamond sparkling air, fresh snow, and the smell of cold dry earth. There is a quietness to the whole landscape, a rugged stillness, that…

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…

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,…

our first workshop in our new Dog Gym!

Well it has been one month and three days since we started renovating an old warehouse. We have had very few glitches, the flooring, or rather the damaged flooring has been the biggest, and truthfully the only one that has caused any kind of stress. It set our renovation/opening schedule back two weeks, but we…

Building the Therpay Dog & Canine Crisis Response Team – DVD release

YAY! my third DVD was released today. Produced by the wonderful team at Tawzer Dog. A huge thank you to my clients and friends who brought their puppies and dogs in for filming. They were awesome. Some awesomely scampy, others awesomely calm! ” …Building a Therapy Dog or a Crisis Response Dog from puppy on…

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…

borage, the garden conundrum

When our garden gets to this point in the summer it isn’t hard to work and play, and totally get lost in it! My kids, dogs, and I were pretty much absorbed in dirt and plants for the better part of two days. Over the past month our polite little plants decided to take off….

living with a dog outside of neutral – part 4

moving forward – When you have a dog that is wanting to learn, it makes training fun. It doesn’t necessarily imply that behaviors will come easily, sometimes yes for sure, but at least you have a partner that will hang in there with you and go for the ride. You can make some minor mistakes…

say what you mean, mean what you say

Several years ago I was at a conference in Portland and had the opportunity to listen in on a session with Kay Laurence. I had followed her on line through videos and articles, but I had never seen or met her in person. What a treat! She was one of my earlier influences when I…