I'm often asked about where my dogs sleep at night. The short answer is "anywhere they want" which might be a surprising response. Of course, it does not start that way. We can't bring a new puppy or rescue dog into our home and have them sleep anywhere they want as that is not safe and does not create confidence or security for our new family member! So, I thought I'd give the long answer by way of a blog.
Well, I'll have to say that this is a blog post I was not planning on doing, but thanks to Pinterest, here we are! It's a look at the crates I have built into my home, so they are part of the furniture. It happens that in our Agility Nation membership program, I did a segment showing the built in dog crates and how they work, and a video clip is in this post for you.
Learn a game to grow ItsYerChoice in daily life. It's especially useful if you find your dog staring at your pocket or the toy in your hand, or any "cookie" that you may have out. It will help make you aware of your responses to your dogs responses.
We all love our dogs, therefore it is difficult not to indulge them occasionally. However, I have often said, "dogs are far better at shaping people, than people are at shaping dogs!" Learn a game to to change your dog's unwanted behaviour around the house, and replace frustration with fun! This game is going to make you aware of your responses, and how you can use what your dog finds reinforcing for the benefit of both of you.
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 [...]
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 [...]
The most painful day as a dog owner isn’t the pain of embarrassment when our agility dog knocks just about every bar on a jumpers course, nor is it having to come up with the cash to pay a rather large and unexpected veterinarian bill. [...]
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 [...]
Training a dog can be an amazingly joyful or an unbelievably frustrating use of your time. What separates these two experiences is one thing and only one thing and that is your dog’s immunity to distractions. Truth. The biggest saboteur working against reaching your goals [...]
Today Buzz turns 17-years-old! I couldn't be happier. Not just because I have had my special boy for so many amazing years. But because Buzz isn't just a dog that is hanging on as a 17-year-old dog; he is a dog that is actively engaged [...]
Big decisions in life (which result in a dramatic turn either left or right) are made by weighing the pros and cons of either direction. Nobody confidently steps away from the direction they feel is the right way. So we have to assume each of [...]
What a week it has been! Yesterday concluded our last day of voting for our Top 20 videos in the Puppy Peaks Video Contest, and today, the top 8 videos chosen over the last 4 days will FACE OFF for the Grand Prize! We received [...]