Thoughts of a Training/Behavior Coach

23Oct

Other Subjects Than Dog?

I want to start a blog that has nothing to do with dog training. It will be a place where I can share my thoughts and opinions about religion, politics and other subjects not suitable for polite company. I would discuss my marriage: what works and why, and maybe even what’s not working. I would discuss why I think that social media has brought us all together and also how it has rent our society into shreds. I would talk about feelings and vulnerability and bravery and how I’m trying to live whole-heartedly. I might even write a review of the Brene Brown books […]

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11Oct

Welcome, Freckles!

I have a furry new nephew! My brother Scott and his wife Autumn just got a new puppy! They were traveling in Europe when they emailed me asking for potty training issues. I answered them thinking that the puppy was with them and they were dealing with hotel suites, but that turned out not to be the case (Freckles was safe back home with another favorite aunty). Still, knowing that Scott and Autumn love to travel, I envision them taking this little guy with them everywhere. But…having not met the little rascal yet, I currently don’t know whether he’s a candidate for all that […]

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28Apr

Teach Your Dog to Wait at the Door

Many of us have dogs who are so excited to go outside they dance all around and then burst through the door when it opens. Of course, this causes the dog’s owner great frustration in that the dog simply cannot listen to them. That is due, in part, because indeed, the act of going outside is just the most exciting thing in the moment. Still, a little impulse control can go a long way toward building your relationship with your dog as well as helping you keep your own sanity and patience in check. By using a reward that is more immediate and of […]

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