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August 17, 2018

Understanding friction is paramount in designing resistance training programs; for humans and dogs. Similar to adding bands to deadlifts in the gym, or resistance bands to yoga stretches, varying the drag surfaces and equipment used in calisthenics can better prepare y...

July 6, 2018

Its been a year of heartbreak as I help another friend cope with the loss of a heart dog.  That dog you get as a young adult that has literally shaped your decisions for 10-15 years.  Irreplaceable.

To those dogs I say:

"You aren't lost.

You made me who I am tod...

June 21, 2018

June 21

I had an epiphany this weekend.

Premier, the biggest dog show I’ve ever attended happened this past week. I showed up to play in events that just don’t exist in my demographic, but I also entered in breed to represent my type of dog. Sure. The only natural eared...

March 8, 2018

     

I recently finished up a United Kennel Club Snow Pull, alongside wonderful club members and friends.  I love Maine, I love winter and yes, that means I love snow.  (I always dreamed of having a small sled dog team to enjoy and run with daily, but I digre...

February 4, 2018

I recently drove to Carver, Massachusetts to attend two workshops instructed by Sarah Dixon.  She is a phenomenal trainer in the positive training world, yet embraces everyone willing to learn, rather than passing judgement. She has been influential in some of my appro...

January 25, 2018

Trust your gut.

As I torture myself reading sympathetic blogs to the loss of a dog, I keep reminding myself to ‘Know your dog.’  I’d like to think of myself as an astute dog owner.  One who is maybe a bit too aware of the dogs being off.  Maybe it’s the constant exposur...

January 20, 2018

          I'm not ashamed to admit I’ve come a long way in my training and dog ownership practices.  I’ve changed with time, knowledge, tools and experience. I’m happy to admit this because it means I’ve learned to change based on new information; client’s and dogs who...

December 28, 2017

After almost 20 years of working with dogs, and now 10 years of regularly teaching clients how to listen to their dogs, I’ve finally come to that moment of pride.  Maybe it was the support after recent BIG changes, the founding of an awesome (I’m biased) UKC club and w...

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