Category: Ramblings

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

Posted on 03/02/16 19 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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Goal Setting, Defining Moments and Being the Best for The Dog You Love

Posted on 01/06/16 5 Comments EPSON MFP image

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better!” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson When I was 10 years old I wanted to play organized ice hockey… you know, with coaches and team jerseys the whole big shebang. The only problem was there were no organized girls hockey teams in our city back then…however, […]

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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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Recovering From Loss: What Are You Focused On?

Posted on 12/19/15 16 Comments Adrian puppy Fi,jpg

Tragedy can be permanently scaring to those it touches. Disoriented, confused, mixed with feelings of anguish and guilt makes it difficult to know how to move forward. Last night many people from my local agility community gathered here at Say Yes to celebrate the life of an awesome man, Adrian Rooyackkers, who’s life was cut […]

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Leash Aggression in Dogs: Are We Trying To Put Out A Fire With Gasoline?

Posted on 11/16/15 327 Comments working-at-beach

I spent six days last week working from a beach house in Los Angeles, California. Hermosa Beach to be exact. It was an unbelievable week for many reasons. A big part of it was the people who were there with me. I have belonged to a small mastermind group for six years now. We get together in person […]

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Expressing Gratitude

Posted on 08/24/15 39 Comments gratitude.001

The past few months have been an exciting time here at Say Yes. A  brand new Recallers website, several brand new full time staff members, and many, many people brand new to our Say Yes community. There is so much to celebrate. We are incredibly grateful for our global dog loving community. It is humbling to have […]

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The 8 Week Old Puppy: Transitioning From Unruly To Unbelievable

Posted on 04/28/15 171 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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