Goodbye, Cisu

Cisu is dying. Now she is resting quietly with as much pain medication as she needs.  If she begins to suffer then I will help her go. Cisu is a dog and I am a human so I cannot tell her the things I want to say.  I can only lay on the floor next to her, hold her...

The Miracle Method

The “miracle method” is a popular method for trialing in a variety of sports.  I’ve seen it frequently in agility, obedience, IPO, etc. It begins when you enter a trial with a dog that has never successfully completed the required exercises for the...

The Book: Dog Sports Skills

Many of you probably know that I wrote a book with Deb Jones. The book started out as an obedience book, but as we started to write it just didn’t end up that way. So we started over, with the plan of writing three or more books.  The first one has happened.  It...

Zoom or Wide Angle?

I am going to tell you a story.   It’s a sad and embarrassing story, but I’m going to tell it anyway.  If you know me well you won’t be surprised by what I’m going to say, and those of you who don’t know me will wonder if it might be...

Spectacular

When my oldest son was two years old, I found him trying to insert a fork handle into an electrical outlet.  I explained why he could not do that, and asked him to return the fork to the kitchen.  He did.  He then returned with a spoon, which he proceeded to attempt...

Meet Fred

Hello Everyone.  Meet my special dog, Fred. Fred is not an ordinary dog.  Fred is a truly fantastic guy.  He is highly driven to work, motivated by just about everything (including imaginary food), never quits, never falls to temptation or distraction, and will work...