Ramblings

The Transfer of Value in Dog Training

I think we should collectively agree about something. Here it is; relationships are not actually the way they are portrayed in the movies. If you attempt to smack your significant other across the face during an argument, don’t count on it ending up in some [...]

2020-01-11T08:27:59-04:00February 28th, 2018|30 Comments

News You Never Want To Hear About ANY Dog…

It is something no one should ever have to hear about their not yet 7-year-old dog. I froze and my mind went whirling, I suddenly found it difficult to get out all of the questions that were racing through my head.  As my Uber driver [...]

2020-01-11T08:31:16-04:00January 22nd, 2018|221 Comments

Could Your Dog Have An Agility Injury That’s Affecting His Performance?

The other day I took what started out as an “under the radar” road trip to Baltimore to see a specialist about what I believed to be an injury that my dog Swagger endured last summer. I say "appeared" to be because to most onlookers [...]

2020-01-11T09:06:00-04:00June 26th, 2017|62 Comments

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

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 [...]

2018-04-13T11:38:37-04:00March 2nd, 2016|27 Comments

Goal Setting, Defining Moments and Being the Best for The Dog You Love

"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 [...]

2018-04-13T12:47:12-04:00January 6th, 2016|7 Comments

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

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 [...]

2020-01-11T19:46:56-04:00January 4th, 2016|33 Comments

Recovering From Loss: What Are You Focused On?

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 [...]

2018-04-13T12:51:12-04:00December 19th, 2015|16 Comments

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

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 [...]

2020-09-16T11:25:55-04:00November 16th, 2015|359 Comments

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