New Puppy – Great Beginings

Three months ago I got a new puppy. I named him Signal, Siggy … Freud … Sig and he’s great! Fast learner. Active. Agile. Motion attraction. Amazing bounce … and likes pretty much everything. Would he be a good choice for everybody? For sure not, probably too fast a learner, too active, too agile, too…

Water Love – dogs and water activities

Different dogs, different approaches to water fun. Reggie the Jack Russell is soooo busy and often very mucky in the water. Max the 12-year-old shepherd is intense about water retrieves, but basically relaxed while swimming. Jazz the heeler likes adventure and games – since she’s competitive and Max can beat her at water retrieves, she…

How many dogs do you have?

How many dogs do you have and what are you training them now? I asked this question of a group recently when I was doing a people training session. And you know what, nobody had less than two.  Several years ago I did a job explanation to students program for high school and asked a…

Being the student vs being the teacher

I’ve had a few people express a wish to be a dog trainer over the years, but mostly it appeared to be a magical wish. Voila! But expertise is never like that. Actually, anybody who has contact with a dog is a trainer – just like you, dogs are constantly learning from each interaction. Of…

Pleasure is a green ball

Pleasure is a green ball that used to have a bell inside, but now it doesn’t. Pleasure is a warm blanket that used to be up on the chair, but now it isn’t. Pleasure is rolling around in the dappled sunlight On top of the ball, on top of the carpet, on top of the…

Drive – creating desire to do things

What does she value? What will create the wish to work and play hard at the things I want to do with her? What will get her to watch me for clues about the next move instead of just finding her own cues in the big, old, wonderful world all around us. It takes looking…

Enjoy distress – Obe’s progress

““Eragon looked back at him, confused. “I don’t understand.” “Of course you don’t,” said Brom impatiently. “That’s why I’m teaching you and not the other way around.” ― Christopher Paolini, Eragon We’re at week five and Obe is great – lovely sits and waits and downs and kennel ups and targeting and reasonable heeling, coming,…

How happy are you feelin’ – reading the fetch

by Jeanine Renzoni Would you like to play? See the play invite – a bow with tail up in a spunky way, but see the ball and face, this is an invite for a doggy keep away game. If I go forward now the response will be dodge, weave and try to catch me and…