Puppy Raising

The 8 Week Old Puppy: Transitioning From Unruly To Unbelievable

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 [...]

2020-01-11T20:14:04-04:00April 28th, 2015|175 Comments

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

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 experience of putting this list was [...]

2020-02-05T23:30:40-04:00April 22nd, 2015|38 Comments

Teaching Puppies: It’s Just Arranging Coincidences

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, [...]

2020-03-11T19:07:44-04:00April 16th, 2015|63 Comments

Never is a Long Time…In Dog Years

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 [...]

2020-01-11T20:18:08-04:00March 1st, 2015|102 Comments

Fit, Focused and Having Fun AWAY From Organized Dog Sports

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 [...]

2020-01-11T20:24:49-04:00December 21st, 2014|30 Comments

Junior Handling Reporting on Puppy Peaks Training Month 5

This month it was fun for me to find out that Libby is giving back to her community by being a 4-H leader.  4-H has grown around the world in their mission of "engaging youth” to reach their fullest potential.  Seeing Libby spreading positive training to [...]

2018-03-05T16:48:29-04:00February 25th, 2014|5 Comments

Junior Handling Reporting on Puppy Peaks Training Month 4

Libby and her dog Elliott chose one of my favorite training games to shorten one of those cold winter weeks in Kentucky, and is wearing only a sweat shirt! Ohhh to have sweatshirt weather again! Winter weeks here in Canada are ranging in the -22C [...]

2020-01-11T20:43:47-04:00January 25th, 2014|10 Comments

Junior Handler Reporting on Puppy Peaks Training Month 3

Happy New Year… I love this time of the year… new training, new goals! Libby has been sharing with us her training from Puppy Peaks for the last 2 months. Her post last month was about helping Riley learn the confidence to wear a head halter. [...]

2016-10-04T20:59:21-04:00January 11th, 2014|6 Comments

Puppy Peaks Review: Month 1!

Yesterday, I introduced you to Libby, who is our new Puppy Peaks Junior Reporter, here to give you a monthly "peek" into Puppy Peaks from her perspective. Thanks to each of you for making Libby feel so welcome! Libby is a 16-year-old dog trainer who [...]

2014-07-31T21:33:08-04:00November 27th, 2013|7 Comments