IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY

I wish for you all a long and adventurous life with your animals. From birth to death, may there be as little drama and medical issues as possible, and may life have been lived as Mother Nature intended. But in the event of an emergency, a true emergency, are you prepared to make decisions on…

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 confusing relationship with animals …

Nothing is straight forward, for me anyways, and often times, if we are being super honest, things can be rocky, and confusing, sometimes funny, or upsetting. I grapple with my relationships I have with animals almost on a daily basis, one because my very profession is working with animals and teaching others how to understand…

Purdue Vaccine Study – what you should know

Please print and give your veterinarian a copy of the letter below, regarding the research being done at Purdue University Veterinary School under the direction of Dr. Larry Glickman. This study started in the late 1990’s, the study of Vaccine-Induced Autoimmunity in the dog and there is already some evidence of thyroid, heart, bone disease (HOD…

The 5,699 things your Trainer would like you to know

I love to share knowledge, I love to share stories, I love to share conversations. It is about connection, growth, and understanding. Sometimes however, I get so excited about all of this I have to remember that not everyone is ready, or open, or really wanting to do the work. For some I am sure…

My Number One Rule For My Puppy

I let puppies be puppies. Developmentally they need to do puppy things, and puppy things are often times super cute, or painful, depending on if it is a cute thing or a teething thing. But I do have ONE rule for all of my puppies, and I mean it! Before I implement my ONE rule, I…

From Noah & Kinsey – Scholarship Recipients 2015

This is the second year of our Riffle Memorial Scholarship. We had two recipients this year, and it has been a pleasure to work with these Teams, watch them grow, watch them hit bumps but get back up with new knowledge, and to open the world of the ‘behind the scenes’ part of training, which…

Don’t Shoot the Trainer – words from me to you

I think honesty and keeping expectations in check are super important with everything we do. For example, you’re not going to go from being a couch potato to a Mt. Everest Climber in a day or a week. Period. Time, experience, gaining knowledge, mental and physical conditioning, and a new outlook count for a lot….

When is euthanasia the right answer for behavioral issues?

A dogs life, hanging in the balance. If you behave you live, if you do not you die. Seems harsh and extreme, but it is a reality for millions of dogs. Not one, or two, or ten, but millions. Maybe not your idea of a functioning healthy relationship, but for others IT IS. In shelters,…

Building a Dangerous Dog – the indicators

Sometimes a bark is just a bark, squinty eyes are just squinty eyes, and standing still is just being still. But sometimes they are not. Sometimes when a single innocuous behavior appears in a cluster of behaviors, it becomes a sign of something very serious that is underlying, and professional help is needed. As with all…