hiking tip #2 – essential trail skills

As in everything, it’s important to practice skills before you need them. Preparing yourself and your dog for an enjoyable and safe hike means practicing trail skills long before you ever hit the dirt into the back country. These are the behaviors we teach in our Ready, Set, HIKE! program. I believe all dog/owner teams…

hiking tip #1 – trails are not dog parks

For the next week or so I am going to be posting hiking tips for our dog/owner teams. Success on the trail is my goal, for everyone! Please feel free to use and pass along. Also, please leave your comments that will add to the conversation on hiking … Dog parks have officially been around…

heading east

Every spring we load two kids and four dogs into my car and head east. Why? Well I have a mini van and we all fit! Eastern Montana is pretty cool really, especially in the early spring when everything is just barely waking up. Cool, crisp and open for as far as you can see,…

the zero conflict walk

We have a new routine at our house, largely due to the ice our yard has been plagued with for the past month or so. We are going for leash walks around our neighborhood. What? Sounds so basic an obvious, and it kind of is, but not really. How is that for avoidance of being…

The Awesomeness of Urine

I needed to hold out for some snow. You see urine doesn’t mean much to some, in regards to our dogs, unless we can see it! Say good bye to that old saying don’t eat the yellow snow! It turns out yellow snow isn’t so bad, may not taste all that good, but there are…