Category Archives: Info-Share

Strength and Flexibility Therapy for an Agility Dog

In the last 9 months or so, we've seen a couple things in Clover's body that we wanted to address right away. We're doing physical therapy or canine rehabilitation (under the direction of our rehab…

Newsworthy: Good Dog by Steve Dale

Longtime syndicated columnist and dog writer Steve Dale recently published a new eBook through Tribune Media Services -- Good Dog. Since I don't have a Kindle, I've not had the chance to read it. However,…

Dog Training Update: Lilly Goes to 29th Street Mall

My silly schedule in 2011 precluded Lilly going to dog training classes with our dog trainer in Boulder, Gigi Moss. Since I took last week "off" for Thanksgiving, we finally had time to attend a…

Does Your Dog Love Dog Training This Much?

Taking a week "off" is relative, of course, meaning mostly not owing drafts to clients. Other demands of life continue. HOWEVER, Lilly and I ventured to Boulder for dog training class with our dog trainer…

Sh*t Happens – Agility Videos of MACH5 Chaos – Take 1 and Take 2

As promised, some agility humor for our dog training friends who already have earned or aspire to earn a Master Agility Champion title (MACH) with their dogs. Meet Chaos, a nationally ranked Labrador Retriever who…

Newsworthy! Good Dogs of America

So, the question is this: If your dog could earn merit badges for training accomplishments as simple as SIT or DOWN or being housetrained, would you take part? That's the idea behind Good Dogs of…

Humane Society of Boulder Valley Event: Q&A with Alexandra Horowitz

Many thanks to my friends at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley for inviting me to their Q&A with Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside of a Dog. Exhausted and weary from real life, I chose…

Book Review: You are NOT Your Brain

Stick with me, kids, while dipping into cognitive psychology, because the brain retraining touted in this book mirror and helped me better understand the dog relaxation protocol.

Book Review: Inside of a Dog

Friday's eureka-moment post about Lilly's summertime fears of the house comes from something I read in Alexandra Horowitz's book "Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know". Today, a few other items of…

Dog Training Update: Summertime Fear Flare-Up

In summers past, I lamented the resurgence of Lilly's inexplicable fear flare-ups. It happens only in the summer and only in the evening. Trust me, we've run through all the possible scenarios. But, I have…

Kissing Booth Dog Video – The Making Of

Thanks to everyone who shared our Kissing Booth Dog Video last week. As promised, here is a behind-the-scenes look and answers to the most-asked questions.

Relaxation Protocol for Dogs Revisited

The Relaxation Protocol for Dogs audio files we created remain one of our most popular fearful dogs resources on Champion of My Heart. Perhaps it's time to revisit how this behavior modification plan for dogs…

Dog Training: Clickers and Herding

Since we have no herding news of our own, after a long lapse in lessons due to non-stop work and family demands, today Champion of of My Heart looks at how someone else uses some…

Dog Training Update: Herding Challenges

Despite having ZERO time to read for pleasure lately, I'm making my way through a sheepdog book that our herding trainer recommended. It's called Talking Sheepdogs: Training Your Working Border Collie (by Derek Scrimgeour).

In the News: Never Shock a Puppy

Thanks to Kim Sporrer, media maven at Humane Society of Boulder Valley, a few newspapers have mentioned Never Shock a Puppy in articles about the humane society's No-Choke Challenge. The most recent of which featured…

5 Ways a Fearful Dog Improves Your Life

I sometimes wonder if I'd ever deliberately adopt a truly fearful dog again. Truth? I didn't know what I was getting myself into with Lilly. Still, I cannot imagine missing out on all the amazing…

Remedial Treibball

We're suffering a long, cold, windy start to the year here at Chez Champion of My Heart. Thanks to strategies we learned at a recent American Treibball Association event, however, we've been playing with the…

Boulder Humane’s No-Choke Challenge

Thanks again to all of you who contributed money during our Never Shock a Puppy campaign last fall. The money raised by the entire coalition actively supports the Humane Society of Boulder Valley's No-Choke Challenge,…

Pet Blogger Challenge Q&A

Pals Edie Jarolim from Will My Dog Hate Me and Amy Burkert from GoPetFriendly.com teamed up on this Pet Blogger Challenge, where they urge folks like me to ponder some of the bigger questions about…

Relaxation Protocol: Questions Answered

Years after we tackled the Relaxation Protocol ourselves (both the one by Dr. Karen Overall and the one our own behaviorist prescribed), it remains one of the top reasons people come to Champion of My…