People always laugh when I say bringing a little, cute, outgoing dog to an event is good for business, but it's true.
No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
I have always shared my bed with dogs. I know, I know, there's plenty of evidence out there that says sharing your bed with dogs is bad for their behavior (and quite possibly your health), but I don't care. I like snuggling my dogs and, so far, nobody has gotten sick or started behaving badly... Continue Reading →
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 →
How Things Actually Go in Our House
Can anyone else relate? Refreshing the dogs' recall command can lead to fun! That will be this weekend's training goal.
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 →
Feeding the Zoo
As you can probably imagine, feeding five dogs who are all different sizes, types, and life stages can be tricky!
Dogs on the Road
I am so lucky in that most of the time I travel for work I can bring a dog or two with me. Most of the venues I go to or set up at are dog friendly.