If You Cannot, How Can You Ask It Of Others?

I have made mistakes.  I choose to learn from them and then leave them in the past.  I am looking forward.  Two steps forward, one step back.  Still counts as moving forward!  That is all I ask.  One day we will get there and it will be glorious! We have definitely made some progress in…

One Step Away from Crazy

Did I just witness progress?!?!? Why yes, I believe I did.  CAR FANATICS, stay tuned. I have a gift for being able relate anything to dog training.  I had the most brilliant idea of comparing dog training to a car!  Now maybe my husband will love listening to my incessant dog training talk!!!  Right? Due…

If I Lead, Will You Follow?

Why should anyone ever do anything for me?  Am I commanding, do I look intimidating, am I holding a weapon or holding something hostage, do I have a bribe for you? How does a leader make things happen? This is a very important question, especially if you take away spoken language. With two weeks off…

A Little Respect Please!

Training your reactive dog is the same as training your reactive spouse.   Herding Lesson #3: No herding.  The farm and field were unsafe to walk on for both people and animals.  It was covered with snow that had been compressed and melted into ice. I have been thinking about this all week, I broke…

Writhing and Slithering Down the Trail

Herding lesson #2:  This blog really isn’t about herding, it is about trying to get my dog to the herding pen.  It’s about trying to be a good leader.  It is about picking yourself up, every single time you stumble.  It is about listening, learning and upon failure, not giving up, but instead coming at…

I Got A New Dog

First herding lesson in a year…I got a new dog, probably not the way you are thinking however. I will start by saying that is going to be controversial.  Our first herding lesson was on a nice warm winter’s day.  It was in the 30’s, I was prepared wearing my Carhartt bibs, just in case…

I Need A Job!

We are signed up to start herding lessons the first Sunday in February!  Very excited, we got in with a wonderful instructor.  Now, I must not obsess about getting Jedi past all of the people and dogs quietly, to get us into the pen.  I will admit, old habits, but I always tell my students…

I Tried to Do Everything Right

As we learn to navigate the world, remember you cannot hide anything from a dog…Jedi and I are all signed up for our second round of Beginning Reactive Dog class starting in March.  I believe the classroom is smaller at the location we will attend for this round.  While this is not very productive for…

He Doesn’t Believe Me

What makes me most sad about my little Aussie and our fear based reactivity journey, is it all seems to come down to trust. I know he gets overstimulated in an instant.  Not much time for me to catch him before he’s gone, but I just feel like although I am doing everything I can,…

It’s All About Relationships

We all need goals.  Goals kick in after you have been doing something for a while and you start to lose focus on why you should continue.  It keeps you motivated and engaged in the everyday mundane part of the process. The owner of the dog school where I teach, forwarded a very nice email…

The power of CHEESE!

We typically take our dogs on 3 walks a day.  We live on 5  1/4 acre, but we do have neighbors and they also have dogs.  I try to remember to bring along a really high value treat, just in case we run into something/someone and I need to get my dogs back to me.  …