Puppies vs Newborn Humans

Anytime I counsel a client about whether they should get a puppy or rescue an adult dog, I always compare the puppy to a newborn. This clear comparison helps people realize how much work a puppy actually is and can help them determine what is best for their lifestyle. […]

By |2019-08-15T15:16:14+00:00August 15th, 2019|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Why Dog Training Can be Difficult

I often say that dog training is simple, but not easy. One of the main reasons this is true is because any kind of change can be difficult. When we are training our dog (or any animal), we are asking them to change their behavior. However, the reality is that the trainer has to change their behavior in order to see a behavior change in their dog. As Albert Einstein so wisely said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” If your attempt to train your dog is not working, or you’re struggling to train the behaviors you would like, you likely need to change your technique. […]

By |2019-07-10T18:55:54+00:00July 10th, 2019|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Keep Your Training Sessions Short and Sweet

Like everything in life, it takes time to build, grow or create something great. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Whether you want to build a house, lose weight or get into shape, you must take consistent actions to work toward your goal. Training your pet is no different! […]

By |2019-06-26T19:27:45+00:00June 26th, 2019|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Why You Should be Concerned About Ticks on Your Pet

Ticks carry a variety of very debilitating diseases.  They can carry Lyme Disease, Babesia, Erlichia, Bartonella and many other diseases that can make people and animals sick.  Although you may be careful when you hike or are out in “tick country”, your dog, cat, horse or other animals you are affectionate with may bring ticks into your home or they may transfer from your animal to you.  If you get bit by the tick, you are at risk of developing a painful, chronic illness. […]

By |2019-05-20T19:20:56+00:00May 20th, 2019|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Make Play a Priority in Your Dog’s Life

Although we know that play is an important part of being a happy, healthy human, we often don’t make it a priority. Play is not only important for humans, it is also important for animals. If play is important for both humans and our furry and feathered friends, why not play together? […]

By |2019-04-18T15:44:24+00:00April 18th, 2019|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Learning Cannot Happen When Your Pet is Under Stress

If you were in the ocean and were drowning, would you want someone to try to teach you to swim at that moment, or would you just want to be brought in, to safety? More than likely, you would be in “survival mode” and you want to be saved. Even if a person tried to teach you to swim, you would not be able to learn. When humans or animals are in “survival mode”, it is nearly impossible to learn a skill. When the brain perceives a situation as “life or death”, it completely focuses on surviving and cannot focus on learning new skills. […]

By |2019-03-27T15:18:32+00:00March 27th, 2019|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Are Dogs More Reactive Than They Used To Be?

The American Psychological Association states that millennials are the most anxious generation to date.  With this information, is it a surprise that we are seeing more anxious dogs?  In most family’s dogs are no longer just pets, they are now family members. As family members, we often include our dogs in our everyday activities.  More and more people are taking their dogs to restaurants, on trips, on planes and into stores.  We often expect our dogs to adapt to our human lives (lives that are stressful for the humans themselves!) without any type of preparation. […]

By |2019-02-25T15:19:05+00:00February 25th, 2019|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Could It Be Medical?

If you are sick or don’t feel well does your behavior change?  I know that mine does!  I can be slower, grouchy, spacey or short tempered.  If our behavior changes when we are not well, why would it surprise us when our animal’s behavior changes when they are not well.To access this post, you must purchase Truly Force Free Site Membership – Coaching Level – 30 Day Membership, Truly Force Free Site Membership – Community Level – 30 Day Membership, Truly Force Free Site Membership – Explorer Level – 30 Day Membership, Truly Force Free Site Membership – Explorer Level – 1 Year Membership, Truly Force Free Site Membership – Community Level – 1 Year Membership or Truly Force Free Site Membership – Coaching Level – 1 Year Membership.

By |2018-11-06T18:15:28+00:00November 6th, 2018|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Embracing Mistakes

Anytime we are learning a new skill we are likely to make mistakes. Making a mistake is a very valuable part of the learning process. Unfortunately, society has taught us that making mistakes is a bad thing. It is not uncommon for a person to feel embarrassed, ashamed or stupid because they made a mistake. The idea that we will be perfect and never make a mistake is absurd. Often the fear of making a mistake will deter a person from trying new things. Now consider how we treat dogs when they make a mistake when they are learning?To access this post, you must purchase Truly Force Free Site Membership – Coaching Level – 30 Day Membership, Truly Force Free Site Membership – Community Level – 30 Day Membership, Truly Force Free Site Membership – Explorer Level – 30 Day Membership, Truly Force Free Site Membership – Explorer Level – 1 Year Membership, Truly Force Free Site Membership – Community Level – 1 Year Membership or Truly Force Free Site Membership – Coaching Level – 1 Year Membership.

By |2018-09-20T16:42:15+00:00September 20th, 2018|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Fast is Slow – Slow is Fast

Recently I came across this phase “Fast is Slow and Slow is Fast” and I was not really sure what it meant until I found myself saying it to my agility students.  We were working on a new skill and one of my students was racing through the exercise and his dog kept making mistakes.  I had him slow down so they dog had time to think and the dog did the exercise perfectly.  Suddenly I understood “Fast is Slow and Slow is Fast”.  I realized that it was similar to “Slow and steady wins the race”.  When I explained my newly learned phrase to my class, we all laughed but soon it became a common theme when the dogs made a mistake.To access this post, you must purchase Truly Force Free Site Membership – Coaching Level – 30 Day Membership, Truly Force Free Site Membership – Community Level – 30 Day Membership, Truly Force Free Site Membership – Explorer Level – 30 Day Membership, Truly Force Free Site Membership – Explorer Level – 1 Year Membership, Truly Force Free Site Membership – Community Level – 1 Year Membership or Truly Force Free Site Membership – Coaching Level – 1 [...]

By |2018-08-23T18:52:08+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Blog of the Month|0 Comments