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,…

I don’t train husbands …

For nearly two decades now, not a week goes by where I am asked to help with a husbands behavior. And my answer has always been, I don’t train husbands. For a good reason, but I’ll get to that in a minute! My training business is surprisingly more men then women. I never really took…

Yesterday I learned something new

Censorship has hit the USA … again. This seems to be part of our history when someone in power is threatened by ‘other voices’, most of the time voices of reason, voices of common sense, and voices that challenge the narrative or lies being told. Someone in power doesn’t even have to be a person…

Stumbling Over the Truth

It isn’t hard for me to go about my day. I don’t have the luxury to sleep in, role lazily out of bed, or hang in the kitchen and drink coffee. I kind of hit the ground running with chores, chores that I love and ones that give me purpose. I have a list of…

Skunk Juice, Butt Worms, and a Broody Hen

Here it is, all of it. Raw and unapologetic. What would life be like if that were the norm instead of the exception? What if the information we shared about our relationships with each other and our animals went unedited. This is our life and our relationship together, the good, the bad, the indifferent, the…

Happy Dog Valley … until it’s not

…say it how it is series … I live in the mountains. We have over 300 acres of official off leash areas in town, some fenced some not, but it’s official. We have just as many acres if not more of unofficial off leash areas, as in all city parks, neighborhoods, and green belts, because…

Doubling Down on the Doodle Thing

Doodle is fun to say, it feels good on the tongue. Mr. Doodle Pants, Doodlicious, Doodle Head, Doodle, Doodle Pup, Where’s My Doodle, whatever, it’s fun. We have Doodles of all types in our classes every single session. And as with all puppies, sans breed, when a little one walks into our training area, I…

Please don’t worry about what others think of you …

Nope this isn’t PSYC 101. So sit back in your office, or at home in your robe, with coffee in hand and read on. This is for all the dog people who give other people way too much power. Your dog doesn’t care about the clothes you wear, or not. Your dog doesn’t care that…

The Office – part 7

Needing some hang time before the year end office meeting, the Office Crew decided to watch ELF. They unanimously decided their next recruit will be named Francisco That’s Fun To Say, and that they all must learn to fly, a must on the coming years agenda. Story called the meeting to order. Ceramic Bowls, lots…

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….