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…

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…

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…

Back to the New Normal

Well, I decided to have Jedi neutered.  I made this decision, because I have researched nature vs. nurture.  Even though, these issues may have been caused by nurture, they can start to bleed into the DNA and be passed down to Jedi’s pups.  I knew this would be hard on all of us; I did…

Banished: Girl On Fire!

Here we go again.  Go ahead, give up on us.  Wow, this must have looked so good.  Thanks universe, I didn’t think we can get any lower.  You continue to amaze me.  Houston we have hit bottom as hard as possible without breaking anything…  Everyone, please put on your imagination caps, if you do it…

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…