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…

Rainy Fall Evening with Calvin – part 8

I’ve been out of town giving a workshop so I haven’t been able to socialize, train, and walk Calvin for the past week. I did hear however, that he might have a new dog walker on a weekly basis which would be super cool! We walked in the rain, puddles, and around the evening students…

Tuesdays with Calvin – part 7

Well thank you all for your wishes, strong vibes, love, and good thoughts. AS FOR TODAY! Calvin’s foster home had some concerns with a local town trail, the amount of traffic, and some blustery moments they experienced with Calvin on that trail, so instead of hitting the University we opted for a Linear Trail walk….

CALVIN’s about town adventure – part 5

So Calvin and I were out and about again. It’s so fun showing him the world, but also seeing everything new through his eyes. I decided that I needed to see how he did in a car that was going faster, as in LONG road trip type speed. It didn’t go so well when we…

The Education of Mr. Sweet Cheeks, aka CALVIN – part 4

Today was so cool and interesting for a lot of reasons. When I went to pick Calvin up this afternoon he was SO excited to see me and he WANTED his leash on so we could get going. This is such a good sign to see a dog who has figured out that working with…

The Education of Mr. Sweet Cheeks, aka Calvin – part 2

Calvin was ready to go when I arrived, wiggles, wags, licks, and wanted his harness on! We started out and he had AMAZING check ins, kept looking back at me, hand touches, wanted to be engaged, sat easily at the cross walks. He definitely liked his first outing enough to remember what worked for him….

The Education of Mr. Sweet Cheeks, aka CALVIN – part 1

Calvin is a seven month old male dog. He was sold to his first owner as an American Pit Bull Terrier, but he is obviously a mix. The wool around his neck and withers is only one big clue, let alone his ear set, long body, over all appearance, and gorgeous marking/coloring. He just moved…