Tag Archives: Dog Training

Dog Behavior Update – On Not Asking for Much

When Lilly became so dangerously ill nearly a year ago, we abandoned her anxiety meds because of their dampening effect on her now troubled brain. And, we essentially stopped working on dog training issues. These…

Crappy, Crappy Monday

A blaring alarm jolted me out of bed Monday morning. I squeezed our morning dog-care routine into as little time as possible, before putting on many layers to brave the extreme cold. Alas, I ended…

Dog Behavior Changes, Adverse Vaccine Reaction

Deep inside Lilly remains Lilly — despite the brain and nervous system trauma caused by her adverse reaction to a rabies vaccine earlier this year. Her emergency treatment and ongoing treatment for meningoencephalomyelitis / meningoencephalitis,…

Anxious Dog Update

I could use some help establishing expectations about Lilly's ongoing struggle with anxiety. Living with a fearful dog can be a day-to-day, minute-by-minute thing, and I'm used to that. However, I'm trying to get a…

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…

Champion of My Heart Backstory Video – Putting Away Dog Toys

The day after Thanksgiving, when many still have pots and pans soaking, is a good time to share this video of Lilly putting away her dog toys. You'll notice that she holds them down with…

Champion of My Heart Backstory Video – Agility

As a special Thanksgiving week event, we'll be posting a few of our favorite videos of Lilly, our canine heroine, each day. Whether you're seeing them for the first time (welcome, new readers) or get…

Dog Training Update: Cutting Back on Chlomipramine

It started out as a necessity. Swamped with deadlines and a work trip on the docket, I didn't realize Lilly was getting low on her medicine. To stretch it a bit longer, I skipped her…

Top 10 Things I Miss Since Life Got Complicated

Starting in spring 2009, life around here got increasingly complicated with medical / health worries and looming grief on several fronts. The changes to my daily reality often feel beyond grim. I wade through life…

Homage to @DoggieZen – Praise Dog

My apologies in advance to those who might think this sacrilege, but my new fav t-shirt says "Praise Dog." It goes into the pantheon that includes my "Dog is my co-pilot" t-shirt. I think dogs…

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…

Update: Lilly’s Lumpectomy

Maybe letting Lilly sleep in "the big bed" with us Tuesday night telegraphed that something was up. Maybe my ability to keep my worries to myself failed ... because Lilly shook so hard with fear…

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.

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…