Category Archives: How To

Teeter-Totter Training Update – Dog Agility

It took a while to find a used dog agility teeter-totter to buy, but we finally did just before Clover's third birthday. It's going to take some time to fix Clover's teeter-totter worries that have…

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…

Adapting the House for Dog With Mobility Issues

When Lilly's brain and spinal cord went kerplewy with inflammation, it greatly affected her ability to move her once-agile body. Her cognitive responses to things like verbal dog training cues are also impaired (for now),…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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 Docket

The challenge of working 10-12 hours every day for weeks (possibly months) on end is that the pace leaves little room for much more than survival. That means, other than the usual daily dog training…

Evacuating and Sheltering Small Animals in A Disaster

Following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the Indian Gulch wildfire in our canyon, where officials warned those with animals (especially large ones) to evacuate sooner, I received an invitation to attend volunteer training…

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…

5 Mistakes People Make With Fearful Dogs

Let's continue our discussion about fearful dogs from a broader perspective. It'll be VERY clear next week why I'm revisiting some of these key points. I promise, but for now, let's talk mistakes.

Wouldn’t You Like to Be a “Woobie” Too?

Sing it with me, kids. I'm a woobie. He's a woobie. She's a woobie. Wouldn't you like to be a woobie too? (Look at me dating myself again, with an obscure 1970s Dr. Pepper reference.)