Excuses do not good training make

A puppy you chose stands before you, or sits, whatever. Between you and your puppy there needs to always be an agreement, not just your puppy agreeing to your human wants and needs, but rather an equal agreement. I tend to refer to it as the sweet spot in a relationship, where everything is understood,…

The Inconvenient Puppy

From the day that puppy hits the ground, there is work to be done, schedules that need to be changed, and sleep becomes a thing of the past. The Mama Dog, whether she has one or thirteen puppies, she is the sole source of nutrition and comfort for what are basically – furry, nursing, pooping,…

Early Maturation in Puppies – it can sometimes be a problem

From the day they are born, puppies are ripping through developmental phases so quickly it is hard to keep up. Just when you think you have a handle on who you are living with, that cute little puppy steps into the next developmental phase, and you kind of start all over. In the beginning puppies…

Puppy Classroom Trade Secret #34

When you stand up in front of a crowd in any way, shape or form, you will be judged, that’s the way the cookie crumbles, and it doesn’t have to be a bad thing, it’s just a thing. If you choose a profession where you will be standing up and speaking out, especially in a…

Puppy Classroom Trade Secret #79

The Teams that choose to come to puppy class are Teams that are showing you they want to learn, even if just by the effort of showing up, sans practicing during the week. That is a huge first step. I teach the basics, maybe some instability / balance work, tricks here and there, work and…

Cool your jets grasshopper!

When I am walking around our classroom space, observing the work being done, assisting a Team when I see a little hitch, I love hearing all of the sweetness, the loving words, the adoration, the encouragements. It’s a tender time when humans are learning how to connect with their new puppy, it can be a…

The two essentials for puppy ownership

What bed do I need, what training collar is the best, glass or ceramic food bowls, how big should the water bowl be? Things. Things are cool sometimes. Things make us happy sometimes. The act of acquiring things can make us feel organized or prepared in some way. Gifting things can make us feel generous….