Visiting a red-flag dog training class

My first session at the obedience class shook me up. The friendly looking trainers said absolutely all of the things that are red flags! Red flags, I was supposed to HEAD FOR THE DOOR, protect my dog, this is a force-based class and I’m a reward-based trainer. But this was a dog-less first class. I remained sitting,…

Puppy progress (Siggy)

Siggy has reached, 6 months,  50#s, has grown up teeth, has had a tussle with Reggie (Jack Russell) and been told off by Jazzie (heeler) and Max (shepherd). Getting to be a big boy. His jumping ability is prodigious, his speed is considerable. He’s visited the horses several times and shows reasonable care about it,…

Weighty problems – excess kills

Spicy was my beagle-mix. She was a 30#, brown velvet eared, lovely eyed beauty of a dog.  I took her along with me when I went to live with my Grandfather and go to college.  She was an easy dog in many ways, people friendly, and soon had the  dairy-farming neighborhood in her pocket. I…

Bring your own rock – weird rewards in dog training

Hurry up! Circle the wagon and bring your own rock. Rocks, paper, digging, kid’s toys, socks, sniffing, horse apples … there are all sorts of favorite things for which dogs will do work. Often instead of using these currencies people try to steal them or restrain the dog from them or chase the dog to…

Manage your puppy to make training easy

Feeling guilty about how much time your pup is alone, confined and not out running around playing? It’s true your puppy needs you, needs your time and your focus.  She needs to play and exercise and see things and do things. But it’s also true that if she is free to find her own fun,…

What do you get from puppy kindergarten?

Often people are hesitant to start training their puppy … just let him be a baby and have fun, we’ll just clean up the messes, he’s too young, he loves everybody so no need to go out and meet extra people/dogs, or he’s too afraid to go out and meet people, we’re worried about him…

Max the April snow dog

Snowy April morning, blue skies, new, clean snow, burnished fur, Ready for the morning walk, running games, silliness, Ready for the new scents, cat tracks, anything ….. I guess, Twelve years old, no longer young, time passed, sentimental blur. But ready, always ready to enjoy the day.

Jazzie – the surprise

Jazzie, the ACD is amazing, funny, smart, quick and very competitive. A dog I didn’t intend to obtain. Jazzie started as Chas, shivering in the back corner of her kennel at the shelter. A 1.5-year-old blue heeler type female, full of timid reserve, surrendered by her family because they wanted to keep her sister, but…

14 things to do outside with your dog

“Let’s go outside.” The words most dogs love dearly, but many dogs go out and do their own thing and their person does her own thing. Even on walks one is smelling the world near the ground and the other is looking at things and they are mostly different things. In order to be a…

Let’s talk about faster responses to cues

Let’s talk about faster responses to cues by Jeanine Renzoni We’ve been going to an agility class weekly and having a blast.  I think the others at the class are enjoying it too, but many of the dogs aren’t moving all that fast and it sounds like they’ve been doing this a long time. Perhaps…