Throughout all my years with dogs I am pretty sure I have fed everything under the sun. Budget kibble, high end kibble, commercial raw, dehydrated, DIY cooked, and raw, grain, grain free, and combinations of all the above. I compete in agility with all my dogs, and over the years I have found that forContinue reading “Thoughts on Dog Food”
Category Archives: General
Fluid Motion Review – The Puzzle Feeder
With many different ways to use the bowl for enrichment and feeding, check out why this is my slow feeder and lick mat of choice!
Winter Rest and Play
Winter has officially started at my house here in Eastern Oregon, which means outside training time for my dogs has greatly decreased. While we still go outside for play time and daily exercise, with the off and on rain/snow, any agility training is off the table until spring. For my dogs I enjoy having someContinue reading “Winter Rest and Play”
Practice the Positive!
I don’t want those thoughts of “all the things that went wrong” to occupy my headspace for the rest of the trial. Because if I let that happen, it will continue to loop for the rest of the day and each run could continue to loop those negative thoughts.
The Straw That Broke the Camels Back
This little graphic is a very good representation of me and how it feels to have my battery drained. I love teaching seminars, going to trials, seeing my friends, laughing, and having a great time. But I pay the price for that with needing alone time. Time to recharge and give my mental space aContinue reading “The Straw That Broke the Camels Back”
Years go by and Try won everything there was to win for a Stakes dog in NADAC. She did things and took me places I had no idea I could reach. But that dog could have never left Novice and I would have been just as happy.
I’m a big believer in allowing my dogs to choose their path in agility. I want my dogs to choose what works for them, both physically and mentally, and in my opinion contacts are one of the “big” things that I like to let my dogs choose. Every dog is different. Their structure is differentContinue reading “Fluid Contacts “
Focus on Conditioning!
Conditioning and fitness is a huge part of my training program with my dogs. When I am working on a skill with my dogs part of the process of teaching that skill is ensuring that my dog is properly conditioned. I look at the condition of the dog when it comes to an “agility problem”Continue reading “Focus on Conditioning! “
Commitment to Distance – Switch Work
In this video I am working Trip on some various Switch work with the cone. The Switch cue for my dogs means for them to turn away from me. In this video I am working on side switches, and front switches mostly. A side switch is when the dog is on my side andContinue reading “Commitment to Distance – Switch Work “
The Dogs Choice
Last week I did a live lecture talking about how I teach my foundation for contacts. It was a lot of fun and all my students asked some really great questions! One of the main questions that kept coming up was “what position do you want your dogs to perform on the contact?” And myContinue reading “The Dogs Choice”