I used to be a trainer, or a teacher, of people and their dogs. I’d see them once a week then send them off to do their thing, only to discuss what they could improve upon the next time I saw them. Sometimes I’d only see a person once. This is still how most trainers … More What is a coach?
I’m on my way to Cynosport World Games as I write this. It’s Idgie’s fifth Cyno, and her final one at a championship height. When this post goes up, I’ll be running in the red Tennessee dirt with my speckled dragon amongst some of the finest competitors in this country. So here is where I … More Cynosport and Joyfear
I’ve had rough-coated border collies for 16 years. I have hiked them in all kinds of terrain this entire time; much of these hikes in the dry Rocky Mountain climate I grew up in. Still, the burr (spiky seed pod) situation I experienced with my young Felix just a few days ago is unparalleled in … More Relationship>Vanity
“My dog would find that to be a punishment.” “Stop reinforcing that dog!” “Is punishment ever ok?” “Be careful that you don’t reinforce that fear.” “I always reinforce him, so why doesn’t he listen?” These statements all have two things in common: they are frequently uttered by the dog-loving world I belong to, and they … More Interpretive Dance
In talking about “methods” of training a certain behavior or chain of behaviors, we often get caught up in what will work for the dog we are training. Phrases like “I trained this dog with channel weaves; it worked better for him” or “this dog had to have more structure than a running dogwalk so … More What’s Best for the Dog?
Many of my clients suffer from something that I know all too well; perfection paralysis. It’s the fear of messing up your training beyond repair; the fear that makes us just not train at all. But this condition has an antidote (besides of course the personal work that often must be done!). The antidote is … More Perfection Paralysis
Ever heard the phrase “you get the dog you need”? Or even the thought that some dogs are “special” or universally arranged to land in our lives at the right time? The idea that some of our dogs will be game-changers over the course of our career I’ve heard it. I’ve said it. I even … More Game-Changers