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,…

If puppyhood is the honeymoon, what the hell is adolescents?

While it may seem like that fluffy little puppy is a lot of work, you will look back on the first four months as the easy times, the calm before the storm of adolescents. It isn’t uncommon for my puppy clients to love puppy classes and training, and then get super mad or frustrated with…

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,…

One Year Old & Happy Valentines

Our Sexy Beasts are ONE YEAR OLD! Oh happy days … Here is the link to their updates over at Sexy Beast Border Collies – I hope you enjoy, Nancy via One Year Old & Happy Valentines

Top 10 Tips – Considerations for Raising Littermates

Littermates have known each other since the day of conception, the entire time in the womb, and during the neonatal snuggle and pile up nursing stage. They have been each others pillows, first play mates, first partners in crime, and each others first chew toys when cutting teeth. Littermates know each other intimately, every skin…

Starting With Who You Have

We are humans so we all have goals. Some of us have simple goals, like getting out of bed when the alarm goes off instead of hitting snooze 20 times. And some of us have serious lofty goals, like cleaning up all of the plastic in the oceans. All valid, all worthy of personal attention,…

The LAYERED CRAP CAKE Developmental Stage

From the day of birth, for all mammals, there is change, growth, and development in all aspects, emotionally, socially, physically, mentally, and sexually. And then of course with age there is decline, aging, and eventually death. It is the full circle, cradle to grave. Canines rip through developmental stages so fast, they basically hit the…

Accepting your dogs energy

It is one thing to have a dog, it is another thing to understand or gel with your dog. Good work cannot happen if there is a gap in focus, orientation, language, or intention. This is a fact. And what it comes down to is accepting your dogs energy. In other words it is learning…

A parking garage it is!

My puppies Mama Beetz and Massimo will be 15 weeks old tomorrow. They are growing and learning everyday, slowly but surely, as they should. I do believe in and practice kind and considerate socialization two to three times per week. We sample new areas in town from hardware stores to ponds to the University. Some…