Dog, Dog, Dog…Where are we going?

Complacency has its charms.  Waiting, For dog years and weight gain. To create a desired easy-going dog, Can kinda work. Sometimes.   I can’t just wait for a surprise destiny. Challenges. Should I or should I not face. To create the fulfilled potential of a dog partnership. Consistently building. Always.   Where are we, dog and me, going? Planning….

Training with distractions (cat) – Obe’s progress

As a trainer, people tell me their dog already knows how to sit, down…etc., and that’s true to a point. Sometimes the point is at home with nothing else happening, which doesn’t help much when something else is happening. In order for the cues to be really useful, they need to be muscle memory-type response…a…

Finding Sticks – Obe’s preference

Everyone has preferences. Preferences in play, preferences in rewards, in people for friends, in what’s comfortable to sleep on, in things to chew up or retrieve or retrieve and chew up. Obe the Dobie likes sticks. He likes them a lot. He likes finding them from the favorite fallen poplar tree down the road and…

Scent Games – adding details

Identifying specific handlers scent to mark – in competition this is an AKC Utility dog level, but actually any dog can learn to do it. Previously I have raved on about dog’s abilities to smell scent that is old, under water,and in incredibly small amounts. I am mesmerized by this ability, although I still don’t…

Persistence – keep on keeping on dog training

A fair number of people unintentionally train their dogs to be really, really persistent at the things they don’t want them to persist in doing. I’m thinking that right now as the dog I’m working with is hollering from her comfortable crate at a level that scrambles my brain and makes my dogs look concerned….

Spear head trek – hiking with Max

Sometimes when the winter snows melt down into crusty, icy shallow layers it’s just as easy to hike, in fact its easier to hike than to use any extra equipment. I like this hiking spot because it’s gated off in the winter (so it’s unlikely we’ll run into anything motorized) it intersects the Ice Age…

Superdog, photos of Max – Belgian Shepherd

Maximus is super dog. From unknown origins, from cage number 40 after four months of incarceration I met Max. He was one of the only dogs not barking in the shelter facility and he was quite focused on me, a bit like he knew me, but more serious than silly. I took that to mean…