Fast Food and Electronic Collars – they are kind of the same thing

I don’t use electronic shock collars. I have never had a need to use electronic shock collars. I think electronic shock collars are unethical and abusive. I believe if you have a dog you should also have the time to work with your dog and build a working relationship. The only thing that interests me…

Getting started again …

I haven’t been absent from writing, I have just been writing for others and posting over at SEXY BEAST for the past couple of months. If you want to read about the SEXY BEAST litter, or watch some of their adorable videos right up until the day they went to their new homes, well pop…

Happy Christmas Trade Secrets

I want to wish you all a very Happy Christmas this year! Instead of my annual festive card, via post, e-mail, or reindeer and sleigh, I have decided to have some fun, tell a story, vignettes if you will, a tale of sorts. My Muses that I share my life with encourage living between the…

Puppy Classroom Trade Secret #58

When I walk into my classroom, puppies will rush at me, glob onto me, and jump up to say HI. And when I step out to demonstrate with one of these little pups, it is smooth, seamless, and moving perfection. No real hitches to speak of. Why? The reality is, with a puppy you don’t get…

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 #127

We live in a world where many people see puppies as two dimensional beings, meaning length and breadth but no depth. Kind of like an input/output machine of sorts, if something is asked of a puppy, then the puppy responds accordingly, without conflict, reservation, or opinion. But boy oh boy, when a puppy reminds their…

Puppy Classroom Trade Secret #19

There are those nights where I cannot wait to get to class. New little puppies, friendly people, laughter, snuggling, teaching, learning, just all a bit magical. These nights are like a drug, kind of addictive. And then there are those nights where I just cannot seem to get in the mood to face piranha like…

Puppy Classroom Trade Secret #27

Here we go, between you, me, and the interweb. Puppy parents have questions and I must have the answers. From potty training, to tricks, to hiking off leash, there is a lot of information to share, and share I do. Sometimes the questions are a bit trickier, maybe something about body language, or appropriate food…

It is what it is …

Each time I step out into the world and meet a new person, a new dog, a chicken, or a horse, it is meeting another living being, an opening of sorts. The exchange of words is a human thing, that’s what we do, but it is really the tone and intention behind the words that…

The Ostrich Effect in the Dog World

In the social sciences, behavioral sciences, behavioral finance, psychology, and maybe a few more disciplines, including the likes of canine behavioral sciences, there exists the Ostrich Effect. It is the attempt made by a person to avoid information that they may not be ready to absorb, hear, or know. It is the Ostrich burying its…