Finding Time to Train

Now that we're getting to a place with all the dogs where everyone can be productively trained at home, new challenges have arisen. For the most part, the place that we go to for class (which we affectionately refer to as "school") is somewhat sterile. I call it sterile in the sense that there's not... Continue Reading →

The Great Spay/Neuter Debate

Sioux is going to be spayed this Friday. She is about 7 months old, has not had a heat cycle, and has finished all her shots. Since we got her later than folks normally get a puppy (4 months old versus 8-10 weeks old), it took a little bit longer to get her shots done... Continue Reading →

Intro to Nosework

While Joe and I have been playing around with competition obedience, Roo Frank has been trying his nose at nose work. He has been having a lot of fun with it. Last week was our first time searching with different sized boxes and off leash. He didn't seem to have any trouble finding the meatballs!

My Left Hand is Useless

Joe and I have taken several classes together (some basic obedience to pass his Canine Good Citizen's test and a tricks class to get his AKC Novice Trick Dog title). Recently we started taking a competition obedience class and all I can say is wow. Pet obedience and competition obedience are VERY different! We've been... Continue Reading →

Managing dogs the horse girl way

If I had a nickel for every time someone said "5 dogs! How do you manage?!" or "Your house must be chaos!", I'd be a wealthy girl. The reality is that while having five dogs is slightly more complicated than owning one dog, it's not brain surgery. I come from a horsey background and that... Continue Reading →

It’s vacation time: Do you know where your dogs are?

I've been MIA for the past couple weeks for good reason - my sister's wedding! I had a fantastic time (it was a destination wedding on a beach - how could I NOT have a good time?) but knowing that I would be out of the country for almost a week and completely dogless made... Continue Reading →

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