… because it has been a life time worth of practice so far …

I love moving with dogs. Just as in learning how to walk, one foot in front of the other, and realizing how this opens up the entire world for exploration, learning how to move with a dog opens up a whole new category of relationship. There is this thing I call the ‘sweet spot’ when…

Is there really such a thing as a stubborn dog?

Every day of every week I have a person tell me their dog is stubborn and won’t do ‘this or that’. And just so we are clear, this is the formal definition of STUBBORN – ‘having or showing dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good arguments…

The 6 P’s, the coolest stuff ever!

I use to travel quite a bit to give workshops around the country. I liked the travel, loved the groups I worked with, and I appreciated the exchange of ideas, energy, and friendships. I enjoy giving workshops. I am a ‘get in the dirt and work’ kind of person, so learning by doing makes total…

Training and Oatmeal, they have a lot in common

If you are good at working with another animal, teaching new skills, building complex behaviors, bringing words to fluent understanding, and doing so incrementally, for an onlooker it should be about as interesting as stirring oatmeal. Training should not be sensational. Training should not be about heightened emotions. Training should not be about entertaining onlookers….

Our first TRICK DOGGING Team!

I started a new on-line TRICK DOGGING TITLING LEVELS program just five days ago. February, Valentine’s, and love gifts, were my motivation for this being the kick off month. I am a huge fan of TIME with your dog being the best gift of all, so what better way to spend time than teaching tricks!…

The 5,699 things your Trainer would like you to know

I love to share knowledge, I love to share stories, I love to share conversations. It is about connection, growth, and understanding. Sometimes however, I get so excited about all of this I have to remember that not everyone is ready, or open, or really wanting to do the work. For some I am sure…

shutting a dog down

It isn’t hard to shut your dog down, lots of people do it. Shutting a dog down means ‘taking the wind out of their sails’. It is an effective way to let a dog know they have no choices, and it is your way, period. Family pet owners to seasoned professionals are capable of doing…

Calvin, a true jelly bean – part 9

I wanted to get back into the gym with Calvin today, work on some specifics, and also strengthen fetch a bit more. What was interesting the other night, and I know it was cool out and that kind of makes dogs a bit zingy, is that Calvin was so aroused, so excited, that while we…

CALVIN’s about town adventure – part 5

So Calvin and I were out and about again. It’s so fun showing him the world, but also seeing everything new through his eyes. I decided that I needed to see how he did in a car that was going faster, as in LONG road trip type speed. It didn’t go so well when we…