Perpetuating A Fearful Dog

If you have a dog exhibiting fear issues, this blog post is especially for you. One of the biggest things I needed to change for myself was getting caught in past stories. I have made huge progress; it is one of the reasons my fearful, reactive dog and I have come this far. A few…

Discovering All Moving Things

Wow, so much has happened since I last wrote. I wish I would have actually blogged (create SHORT stories) about it. HA! I will see what I can do to capture the events, I really wanted to sort this out as it happened. First, I have joined forces with three dog ladies. Pretty cool, as…

When Fear Keeps You Too Safe

Fear is a powerful thing. I learned at a very young age that fear kept me safe. I used it often to avoid conflicts or injury. This is a valid use of fear. The trick is, there is a healthy amount of fear, but there is also a shadow side. There is a fear of…

Every Step We Take

Now that I feel like I can hold it together during Jedi’s bouts of leash reactivity…I have noticed a few things. I had been totally missing something that I really believe has been tripping us up. The information you hear or read in regards to walking your reactive dog, make it seem like excitement is…

Re-Framing Missed Opportunities

We walk past them like the unpopular kids from high school. There they stand incredulous to the idea we would dismiss them so completely. Heads drop, shoulders sink, defeated. We overlook them, these moments that could turn into the best times of our lives, passed by without a hint of acknowledgement. Let me set the…

What’s In The Box…Surprise!

Some ingredients for being a good leader: understanding everyone makes mistakes, understanding someone must be strong and hold the wheel when no one else can, understanding how you can influence others, understanding there is more than one way, understanding when to change directions and empathy. I am recovering from a car accident. I was rear…

Kiska The Bionic Dog!

We received some bad news last Monday and tomorrow I will be taking my sweet baby girl to have TPLO surgery on her non-bionic leg. She ruptured the acl in her “good leg”. This will be her second time having this type of surgery. By this time tomorrow she will have had both knees made…

The Day It All Changed

I remember my absolute horror as the women and her border collie exited the training facility. Her eyes grew large and she gasped. I don’t remember her exact words, but I suddenly felt like I had a monster on the other end of my leash. Dumbfounded, I stammered and fumbled with Jedi’s new behavior, adding…

Are We Right for Each Other?

Holy moly, I don’t want to tell my husband anything about this!  We made it through our Veterinarian Behaviorist appointment last week and he wasn’t able to make it. I had a very dear friend who owns a dog-training business, come with me. She was my second set of ears. I did have some homework…

Grandma is in the Flowers

“Well, I wasn’t prepared for that today”, I quietly exclaimed as I turned away from a single white rose and a single white lily, standing in a small etched glass vase, to hastily exit the room. I tried to hold my tears as they welled up in my eyes. I truly thought it would be…

Smoldering Sparks of Passion

So you are trying to learn something new and most likely feel vulnerable about your first attempts. You are a spark, this new little spark of passion. You want to express your passion to the world, but people are looking at you. They are watching these meager first attempts. Some may have years and years…

Recognize Choice!

No matter how I tell Jedi’s story, some people feel the need to tell me, I am at fault for Jedi’s reactivity.  How does searching for fault provide value to me?  This leaves me scratching my head, could it be human nature of sorts, albeit unintended.  I challenge those people to change their perspective for just…