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Let’s All Focus

Let’s All Focus

Picture this…you are watching TV or reading a book. Someone walks in and asks you a question. Do you respond immediately? Probably not. Why? Your focus was elsewhere. You need to stop focusing on what you were doing, and shift attention to the question. Now how quickly you can switch tasks depends in large part […]

Realistic Expectations

Realistic Expectations

My ultimate goal when trialing is to have the same dog in the ring that I have in training. A dog that is happy and joyful and having a blast. I think we all want that. And we train really, really hard for a very, very long time to get that. And then we compete […]

To Help Or Not To Help…..

To Help Or Not To Help…..

As trainers it’s often difficult to know what to do when our dog is struggling or confused. Many people help the dog too much. The second the dog struggles or looks confused they jump in. Or they stick with early stages of the behavior long after the dog is ready to move on. They feel […]

The Long Game

The Long Game

We’ve all done it. Entered trials hoping our dogs will be ready by then. It gives us a goal to shoot for. Now don’t get me wrong. I love goals. I’m a huge fan of goals. I set goals throughout the year in all aspects of my life. If I didn’t have goals, I’d spend […]

What Did You Say?

What Did You Say?

Communication is hard.  It can be confusing and frustrating. We’ve all been there. On both ends. I say something to someone, and they totally misinterpret it. No, that’s not what I meant!  Sometimes they believe me. Sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they cling to their interpretation…even when I’m adamantly stating that I meant something different. Now […]

Cookies

Cookies

I use a lot of cookies when I train. Like really a lot. Especially when I’m teaching behaviors. I tug a lot with my dogs when I train.  Like really a lot. So to be clear, I’m not against rewarding a lot. But it is important to pay attention to when and why you are […]

What’s Your Story

What’s Your Story

Recently I haven’t been feeling right. Something was off, just wasn’t sure what it was…. As always, listen to the universe and the answer will come. Yesterday I picked a random podcast and half-way through they talk about “your story”. The story we create for ourselves. A story typically based on past experiences. This morning […]

Failure Is My Friend

Failure Is My Friend

Failure is a word that has a bad bad bad rap. I mean the poor word really did get the short end of the stick. People just have it all wrong. They see failure as something bad. Failure means you’re not good enough, you didn’t try hard enough, people look down at you, you’re a […]