Greetings From Germany

Early morning start tomorrow means I can’t write much. Team Canada is the first team to practice at the FCI World Championship venue so we have a breakfast call at 5:30 AM and on the bus at 6:15 AM. Here is a video I put together of our day today. Great practice all around. The […]

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Feet Flag

All ready to head out to Germany. The girls are prepared, my back is back to 100%, bring on the world! Getting into the spirit of the event I had my toes painted. Last year I coloured my hair to match my dog. That didn’t go over so swell with Johnny B:). This year I […]

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A Great Tribute To a Much Loved Dog

I came across this last night when I couldn’t sleep. Although I did not know Jeep personally I knew of him and the great team he made with his owner Katie. I knew Katie’s mother but only recently met Katie as she attended a workshop up here at Say Yes. How sad to lose a […]

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Head Halters VS A Flat Buckle Collar

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Today I wrote a post for a training list about head halters being my tool of choice in training. I thought I would share it here with all of you. Don’t get me wrong, I want all of my dogs on a flat collar– it is easier on so may levels. However, I want the […]

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The Countdown Begins

Well, we leave for Germany for the FCI championships in just 6 days. Our team flies out on Sunday evening from various airports across Canada and we all meet up in Frankfurt when we arrive Monday morning. My dogs and I are ready to go. Last week we got the running orders for the event. […]

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“Back” At It!

I have been away from the blog for the past week or so — mostly a forced absence.  My back decided it was a good time for me to “take a break.” My back has dictated forced “downtime” in my life in the past. Of course with this lay up coming only a few days […]

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Is Susan Just a Freak of Nature?

So why is it that after those killer work outs that the other girls were sore and I wasn’t? As little as only four years ago I used to get really sore just like anyone else. You know that “ooh-don’t-touch-me-there-and-I-can’t-barely-get-down-to-the-toilet-sore-muscles.” It was normal, but not anymore. I do occasionally get  a bit “stiff” after a […]

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Revelations After Our Say Yes “Holiday”

So last week a few of my students got together here for a Say Yes “holiday.” I have to quote “holiday” since for many of you,  it wouldn’t be your idea of a “holiday.” We had my favourite Scottish born fitness guru come to kick our butts with twice a day workouts (including our cardio […]

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A Different Sort of Camp at Say Yes

Things are busy here at Say Yes this week, but for a different reason. We are having a “fit camp” for handlers. I am thoroughly enjoying it but it truly is gruelling (in a good way). Jill, the trainer I work with in Florida offered to come up here and put a few of us […]

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Immediate vs Long Term Reinforcement

Defining moments of decision happen both in the dog and in us. Do you hit the snooze alarm in the morning or do you decide to get up, giving you a few extra moments to train your dog before you leave for work? Do you see your dog responding inappropriately, yet decide it is too […]

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