Category: My Dogs

The 8 Week Old Puppy: Transitioning From Unruly To Unbelievable

Posted on 04/28/15 167 Comments susan and group 7 w

As you may or may not know, last week I made my “big decision.” I publicly announced which of my 7 then seven week old puppies I was going to keep for my own.  Tomorrow night I will be hosting a “coaching call” for my “Puppy Peaks” members. There I will share more details on why […]

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Learning From the Dog, While The Dog is Learning From You

Posted on 04/22/15 36 Comments Dogwalk

Recently while preparing for a video shoot, I put together a list of some of my most pivotal lessons I have learned from each puppy I have raised and trained over my 27 years as a dog trainer. The video will be available tomorrow but the experience of putting this list was enlightening; I strongly […]

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Teaching Puppies: It’s Just Arranging Coincidences

Posted on 04/16/15 53 Comments experience cs lewis meme.001

I am pretty sure C.S. Lewis wasn’t referring to dog training when he said of experience that although it was a “brutal teacher” you still do learn from it! However, truthfully that is how not only people but puppies learn. It is through interacting with the environment, the people, the things, and other animals etc. Experiences bring […]

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Never is a Long Time…In Dog Years

Posted on 03/01/15 102 Comments group

Four years ago I went through an emotional roller coaster when I decided to breed Feature. It wasn’t just pulling her out of competition for months, or worrying about the potential health risks during a pregnancy or all of the work that goes into raising a singleton. It was a combination of all of the above. Even though […]

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Focusing On The Future…Ringing In 2015 In Fitness STYLE For Our Dogs!

Posted on 12/28/14 57 Comments IMG_4703

In my last blog post, I showed a treadmill routine I put together building on some cool ideas I got from Robert Porter at our Canine Fitness and Body Awareness Symposium. Since then we have gotten two main questions… First… what if I missed the Symposium…any chance you will do another one? Second …what can […]

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Fit, Focused and Having Fun AWAY From Organized Dog Sports

Posted on 12/21/14 30 Comments IMG_4560

Earlier in the month we hosted the Canine Fitness and Body Awareness Symposium here at Say Yes Dog Training. It was everything I had hoped it would be. Three days PACKED with amazing insight and research from Dr. Leslie Woodcock, Robby Porter and myself. The focus was how to keep our dogs fit and healthy…both […]

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Can Technical Agility Handling Still Be “Fun Agility” Handling?

Posted on 11/19/14 22 Comments WAO 2014

Every so often on Facebook I see threads where one person posts an agility course they just ran and cries how “unfair” courses are getting today. The thread often goes on to question the sanity of the judge who designed the course, before deciding that those challenges are either stupid, unsafe, unfair or all of […]

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Learning With a Dash of Lunacy…or Perhaps More Than A Dash

Posted on 11/18/14 69 Comments Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 12.13.45 AM

Once or twice a month we hold live online coaching sessions for our students. My “Inner Circle” is a group of students I help with their dog training throughout the year so they get one of these sessions each month. Most of my other online classes get one or two of these coaching session over […]

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Spoiler Alert: Big Brags Ahead!

Posted on 11/02/14 8 Comments IMG_2924

It’s wild how the summer gets away from us dog lovers. Before you know it, here it is November! It actually snowed here yesterday! It has been a while since I have posted to my blog…and it’s not because I haven’t had a lot to write. As much as I would like to spend time […]

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Can Agility Dogs Turn “Too” Tight?

Posted on 05/10/14 27 Comments turning tightly

Over the past few years there seems to be be a growing obsession in the sport of dog agility with tight turns. The crowd lets out a collective “WOW!” when they see a dog gear down to wrap an upright like an extra coat of paint. Those tight turns are impressive! But can this fixation […]

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