Susan Garrett

Encore’s 17th Birthday and Why Every Day is a Celebration

On Sunday, February 7th, my dog Encore turned 17. We celebrated with cake! We’ve been celebrating every day for nine years as she has had many bonus birthdays. You see, in 2012, she suffered a traumatic brain injury, and we did not know if she [...]

2021-02-11T19:19:50-04:00February 11th, 2021|34 Comments

Tater’s New Nose (Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome Surgery)

It’s a new year, and Tater’s starting it with a new nose. For everyone who knows our rescue dog Tater, you will know that he is brachycephalic, which is the term for “shortened head”. You can see Tater's head shape clearly in the photo below. [...]

2021-01-14T19:13:10-04:00January 14th, 2021|30 Comments

How to Use the Distraction Intensity Index to Help Your Dog

Distractions! It’s a big topic, and questions about distractions are frequent. I’ve blogged about this before, and today I’m sharing a formula that will help you strategically work through whatever is a distraction for your dog. I call the formula the “Distraction Intensity Index” and [...]

2020-09-10T18:07:53-04:00September 10th, 2020|19 Comments

The 3D Model for Dog Training: Duration, Distance, Distraction

When you are training your dog, understanding three key elements is going to help you create brilliant behaviours. The strategic application of  duration, distance and distraction will give you the confidence that your dog can perform any behaviour with total understanding anywhere you ask. The [...]

2020-08-20T18:00:47-04:00August 20th, 2020|9 Comments

Know Your Dog’s TEMP (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture)

One of the things people search for here on my blog is TEMP. It's mentioned in several places and in videos, but I've never had a post specifically on T.E.M.P. That changes today! Dogs can’t talk to us, but they can communicate. Knowing what a [...]

2020-08-14T02:00:12-04:00August 13th, 2020|22 Comments