Matters of Consent

If I told you there’s a very important concept that you may not have been taught about, one that is essential to both your dog’s care and your own personal wellbeing,  and actually the wellbeing of everyone around you, would you hear me out? I hope so. Here it goes. The concept is consent. Defined … More Matters of Consent

What We Talk About When We Talk About “Drive”

“Drive” is a term dog trainers and dog sport people throw around a lot. When seeking a puppy for agility, folks seek a “high drive” dog. Some people even vocalize their desire for a “medium” drive dog, and no one in sports seems to go for a “low drive” companion. But I’ve cautioned people against … More What We Talk About When We Talk About “Drive”

Sport Dogs and The Humane Hierarchy

  The Humane Hierarchy is a ranking of the innate intrusiveness of behavior intervention. If you’ve not heard of it before I recommend reading Dr. Susan Friedman‘s paper on it here. Simply stated, when addressing a behavior of concern we should follow these steps: First address any of what Friedman calls “distant” antecedents that might be at … More Sport Dogs and The Humane Hierarchy

Three Promises

Philip Roth said, “Nothing bad can ever happen to a writer. Everything is material.” He meant that all of life’s tragedies and heartbreaking events were to be viewed by the writer as gifts; no one wants to read about a boring life. If Cheryl Strayed‘s mother hadn’t tragically died of cancer in her 40s, Strayed may … More Three Promises