Enriched and well rested dogs!

I was reflecting the other day how well my dogs sleep at night and wish I could do the same! They are out like a light, often belly up with the fan cooling their underside. They also even sleep in! I do have an older dog, who’s age does affect how much she...

Baby Dog Training Days

A training gem I picked up many years ago from Patti Hatfield Mah was that our seasoned dogs still need to have baby dog training days. Pick one day a week where you go back to training your foundations skills. Foundations is everything! Without a strong base,...

Making sense of how to address false alerts

As discussed in my last blog on how training methods need to make sense to you … I’d like to chat about how I handle false alerts in nosework and why the approach makes sense to me. You need to decide what makes sense to you. A false alert is the...

The fruits of our labor and being thankful

If you are a dog trainer, how many times do you feel you are dragging yourself out of bed early to go train when you really just want to stay under those warm covers and sleep some more? Sometimes it may be training after a long day of work when  you’d rather...

Advocating for your dog at trials

We all know we need to be an advocate for our dogs ALWAYS. This means not putting them in an unsafe situation or not letting someone treat them inappropriately, etc. When we are trialing and under rules of an organization/exercise we can sometimes lose our judgement...

Training a young intact male

What I’ve learned about training my young intact male: I’m not more interesting than dog pee or dog smells. Food is not always a motivator, nor worth eating at meals. Toys are not always a motivator. Trying to get him to stop sniffing is futile and adds...

Being with dogs

Why do you like being with your dog(s)?  So much has changed with dog “ownership” since my childhood. Let’s call it companionship, as that sounds more like what it means to me! My dogs are my companions. More than a pet and a teammate, but also those...