Trade Secrets Series – because it is time …

As a Holiday gift, from me to you, I will be sharing, releasing, and spilling the beans with some of my PUPPY CLASSROOM TRADE SECRETS. From Family Pet Owners to Professional Trainers, you’ve all been banging down my door, calling at all hours, stopping me in the grocery store, and have been wanting to know,…

Strategies for dealing with off-leash dogs in on-leash only areas

You are trying to do the right thing. Following the signs and the rules. Walking, training, and spending quality time with your dog. Enjoying the day, the weather, the simple pleasure of movement. And then you see an off-leash dog coming your way with an owner making no effort whatsoever to call their dog back….

Band-Aid Behaviors … they simply don’t work

If you think dogs can be reactive, please note that they have nothing on us humans. We might be the most reactive species there is. Some of us more than others. And it doesn’t bode well for our relationship with our dog most of the time. Handlers that tend to be reactionary to their dogs…

growing behaviors, it’s a bit like silly putty

When you step up to the plate and start to teach your dog a new behavior, it should feel awkward, and a bit foreign, somewhat exciting, and for sure unformed and unrecognizable. You are growing a behavior, not harvesting the benefits of the behavior just yet. Growing behaviors is what I refer to as the DISCOVERY…

From Ava & Roo – Scholarship Recipients 2015

From Ava – ❤ “To be honest, when I first applied for the Riffle Memorial Scholarship, I didn’t really know what I was in for. Roo was about five months old at the time, starting a very interesting time in the life of any dog: Adolescence. And even though I’ve learned a lot of important…

My Number One Rule For My Puppy

I let puppies be puppies. Developmentally they need to do puppy things, and puppy things are often times super cute, or painful, depending on if it is a cute thing or a teething thing. But I do have ONE rule for all of my puppies, and I mean it! Before I implement my ONE rule, I…

What’s happening with Calvin these days …?

Well Calvin has some fans, followers, and is just a little bit famous around town. As he should be. Quite a few people have been asking about him as of late. It was just about a year ago that I met Calvin for the first time, so weird in so many ways. So an update…

it’s all in how you say it …

Once upon a not so long time ago, I gave evening talks at our facility, or rather interactive talks as anyone who showed up became active in the conversation. They were free and open to anyone that wanted to come, on nice warm summer evenings, with a variety of topics, and really just a gathering of sorts….

Tuesdays with Calvin – part 10

Calvin and I have known each other almost six weeks now. He is such a cool dog on so many levels, but mostly cool because that is who he is. Just cool! He is happy, he likes being around happy, he likes to work, he likes to hang, and he is giving learning a go!…