Category: My Dogs

The Dog Agility Judge’s Path

Posted on 05/30/16 21 Comments Swagger DW finals

This weekend something bizarre happened. My otherwise reliable agility dog Swagger suddenly did the exact opposite of what I cued him to do. It was like he was hearing conflicting cues and chose to listen to someone else. It wasn’t until I looked at my video (something everyone should have… videos of their runs) that […]

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Developing Young Agility Talent… Setting Goals & Having Fun!

Posted on 03/09/16 34 Comments mo fitbone blog pic

This weekend I will be hosting something that I am pretty sure has never been done in the agility world before. It is a three-day seminar with 8 agility handlers (most of which have been extremely successful in agility with past dogs) and the entire three days will be live streamed. Now, none of that […]

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Dog Agility: Why Doing It “Just For Fun” May Be The Wrong Way

Posted on 03/02/16 21 Comments feature_snow_2011

Today I wanted to make to time to join in the Dog Agility Blogger Action Day because the topic is FUN. How can I not take time out for THAT? As a professional in the sport of dog agility I recognize I am more obsessive with training and handling then the average “weekend agility warrior.”  […]

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Defining Moments: How Decisions In Life Guide Our Dog Training Path

Posted on 01/04/16 30 Comments

Everyone has “their story.”  Think about your life. Our stories are a collection of defining moments one stacked on the next that have created the life we now enjoy. Who we married or didn’t marry, what adventurous trip we decided to take or not take. A new hobby we took up or a course we enrolled […]

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Planning For Success With Your Dog Training

Posted on 11/01/15 65 Comments momentum 8 months coaching call

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” -Anatole France My puppy “Momentum” turned eight months old last week. This picture was taken during a live training session we did last week for our “Recallers” students…here we where both hamming it up a bit 🙂 At […]

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The 8 Week Old Puppy: Transitioning From Unruly To Unbelievable

Posted on 04/28/15 173 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 37 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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