Facebook Live Blog on Socialization

Following up on my webinar from last night, here are more thoughts on socialization, taken from a facebook live I did about a month or two ago. I hope someone finds it useful! Thanks to all of you who joined me; I had a great time!  ...

Staged to Engage: Pre-Engagement Strategies

Take a look at this 10 second video: Do you see how the puppy is paying attention to the handler in a playful fashion for several seconds before moving on?  Not following out of a need for security, but genuinely trying to engage? Now watch this short video: This is...

Thank you

Have you thanked your instructor lately?  Your training buddies? Your support system? Your trial volunteers?  Your advocates?  Your spouse? I am incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by people who are positive and appreciative of the things that I do, therefore I get...

“Have to”

I heard it again today. A team entered the Open obedience Ring and the dog was clearly disengaged so the handler pulled the dog for the weekend.  Probably a good choice! Another trainer’s response? If the dog knew she “had to” work then that...

Lyra – Week 1, Day 4

Sleep is improving by the hour!  I still have to get up every few hours to let her potty, but the screaming is minimal now. Today she visited my son’s school.  We went early in the morning, so there were very few kids around.  After 10 minutes I took her home....