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…

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…

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…

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…