the push – day 5

We have been busting through 12-16 hour days at our new dog gym. Some of the renovations have been easier than expected, and some for sure more laborious, like painting a 2,000 square foot freaking ceiling. Remind me that this task may not be necessary, ever again in my life! Spore hasn’t quite put together,…

construction, demo, kill the navy blue! days 3 & 4

Thank you to our many visitors in the past two days, even you wise crackers asking for medical marijuana for your hang nails! Friendly faces and mini tours put some awesome energy into this space! So we are moving along at a pace that makes me smile. I am so excited about the progress and…

rewards, yup!

Pretty much, almost everyday for the past nine years I find myself talking about rewards with someone. And truth be told, it’s always a fun conversation, and rewarding for me! Some people instinctively get the basic premise, if you want something you need to give something. After all it’s how we as humans function on…

the proof is in the pudding … walk on & wait training

The proof is in the pudding! I like this phrase, it’s a delicious word picture for me. But it’s the meaning behind it that I really like, it means that the true value or quality of something can only be judged when it’s put to use.  I am a person that learns by doing. If…

treibball blind finds

So I started Treibball about one year ago. I had heard a bit about the sport, saw my friends in Missoula getting started with it, and decided to give it a go. Exercise balls are easy and cheap enough to purchase, so that was a selling point for starting this new sport too. After 10…

living with a dog outside of neutral – part 7

Living is the foundation. While we have spent 10+ years with Franny, and have had to learn and grow a great deal so we could all be successful, living our lives together was always at the center of our thoughts. It sounds rather obvious, but you might be surprised by the great number of professional…

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…

living with a dog outside of neutral – part 3

Mr. Toads Wild Ride, the first year – If I look back at my choice in dogs, I’m definitely drawn to a particular type. I like my dogs athletic and agile. I value stamina and endurance. I want my dogs to have opinions, fire in the belly. And most importantly, dogs that are great problem…

greatness in being vague

Be curious, not judgmental ~ Walt Whitman Have you ever gone to a dog park without your dog? Just to sit and watch? Watch without judgement? It’s more fun than you might think. I use to do this all of the time. I wanted to watch dogs and their people in action without the association…

sunday hike …

Today was a sleep in day at home. This happens pretty much never. We just always seem to have something to do, or someplace to go, and frankly we’re all morning people, morning dogs! But there was something delicious about this cold and snowy May morning, and even the dogs were happy to stay curled…