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The Power of YES

I pulled into the parking lot for my weekly competitive obedience class. I went around to the back of my car, opened it up, and saw my dog settle further into the back of his crate. I knew he didn't want to go in. I reached for him, snapped on his leash, and he hauled...

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When Things Go Wrong

In progressive teaching and training circles it is taught that rather than worry about what to do if things go wrong, we should worry about what we are going to do to be certain things go right.  This is how I operate. This is how I train. Yet, things can and do go...

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Priority One

The word priority has not always been pluralized. Think about that a second. Ok, good. Now, realize that initially a priority was a singular thing; one item that was held to the highest regard. Not a list, not a hierarchy, just one thing. And then ask yourself, what...

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He’s Friendly!

Ok, so this is a thing. People allow their exuberant, socially over-the-top dogs to approach your leashed/reactive/elderly dog in a public space. Chaos ensues. You leave pissed, they leave equally angry, and hopefully none of the dogs are hurt. Could this be better? I...

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Gearing Up

Right now I am preparing Idgie for what is likely to be her last Cynosport. Bittersweet for me, this event has been a favorite of mine for years, and there is no better partner to run there than Idgie. It will be our 6th together, and our third height class to run in...

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Too Much, Too Soon

I teach an online class called Worked Up for Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, and I teach a two-day workshop of the same name as well, all over the world. This course is all about dogs spin/bark/bite or just plain can't think in a working environment. They are...

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Rescue Trouble

Much of the time this blog is centered on doing the next right thing, and I hope this one gets there in the end. But today I am, frankly, pissed off. I am fed the hell up with "rescue" groups making this world a whole lot worse for dogs and the people who love them....

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What We Owe Them

A walk, a chew, and some snuggles. That's all it takes for most of us; it's all it takes for Felix. He is resting peacefully by me now as I work, not fidgeting, not asking me when I will do something fun. He knows the fun will return, and that now is rest time. He has...

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Is this about dog training…?

For me, anxiety is the thing that I live with, that I manage every day. When it goes unchecked too long, when a life event causes it to surge past what I can manage, depression shows up. Sarah, I thought this was a dog training blog... Yeah, it is. See, I think this...

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