… 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…

I don’t want my dog to think that just because …..

It is a warm, nearly hot, sunny summer morning. And yet, my feet are tucked under Story as I sit and type this out. Even with the heat, the weight of his body and the wooliness of his fur on my feet feel just about perfect. Just so you know, almost everything I have written…

she who must be obeyed …

My garden is looking quite wild this morning, and if I stand for just long enough, I can see each plant grow an inch or two. My coffee is darn near perfect. My kids have been for a long run and are now picking raspberries. Our kitchen is looking like a garden farmy kind of disaster,…

the dog not of your fairy tale

I am somewhat sensitive to emotions, body language, and energy. Not just the human type, but all animal type, with the exception of reptiles. I don’t get reptiles and I am pretty certain they don’t get me. I don’t need verbal communication to get what is going on. While my title is professional trainer, it…

ditch the TOOL BOX …

The virtual  Trainers Tool Box. The ‘make believe’ place where ideas, techniques, theories, and training aids are stored. Just in case, because you never know when you’ll need it. The smoke screen place that assumes no blame and no shame. The illusion that all knowledge is usable and viable and fair. Again, just in case, because…

gestures of kindness, they count

  Every morning, for 20 years, I wake up with a cup of coffee next to the bed. I don’t have to ask, I don’t have to prod, I don’t have to beg. It is just there. It is my husbands unspoken gesture of kindness. There are some mornings where it is impossible for me…

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….

Don’t Shoot the Trainer – words from me to you

I think honesty and keeping expectations in check are super important with everything we do. For example, you’re not going to go from being a couch potato to a Mt. Everest Climber in a day or a week. Period. Time, experience, gaining knowledge, mental and physical conditioning, and a new outlook count for a lot….

training, politics, and religion … oh my!

So a Trainer, a Senator, and  Priest all walked into a bar … … and most likely had a great time! I was recently informed over the phone, by someone who called me to find out about my services, that they shouldn’t actually be calling me because they were Republican. I’m sorry did I miss…

kindness is magic

I absolutely love our advanced classes. These are the Teams that might have started out with a simple goal of a single puppy class, or practicing a good recall, or a fun tricks class, and then for whatever reason, they continue, and grow, and gain an advanced set of skills. Cool people, cool dogs, cool…