I have a crazy, busy, wonderful life, filled with love and learning. What can you expect to read about here? You’ll be treated to glimpses into my thought processes, training plans and videos, updates, and escapades from my babies (both 4 and 2-legged). There will no doubt be some brags, and probably at least a few rants.

I hope that you will find my words helpful, or at least entertaining. We’ll see what the future holds! For now, I’ll leave you with this quote from Neil Degrasse Tyson, which also describes my philosophy.

“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”

Training for Distance

Training for Distance

Adding distance to a behavior is one of those things that sounds simple on the surface, but can get sticky in practice. Intellectually, you know that the secret (which isn’t really a secret) is to gradually increment the distance, reinforcing your dog for performing...

Delivering treats with your clicker hand

Delivering treats with your clicker hand

Ever feel like you need a 3rd hand to train your dog? You need one hand to hold the clicker, one hand to hold the treats, and one hand to hold the target/leash/dumbbell/etc. Impossible! Wait! It may not be as impossible as you think! You can hold the clicker and...

3-Part Podcast Series with Equosity

3-Part Podcast Series with Equosity

I love being first. And being the first official guest on the Equosity podcast was the highlight of my week! I had so much to say - they had to break the episode up into THREE parts. Are you an Equosity fan? Their site is about “all things equine with a special...

What Is A Podcast And How Do I Listen?

What Is A Podcast And How Do I Listen?

I have a podcast! That’s right - now you can not only nerd out with via virtual workshops, live events and articles -- we’ve upped the nerd factor in a major way with Drinking from the Toilet! Listen on iTunes | Google Play | TuneIn Radio | Pocket Casts | Stitcher |...

LOGISTICS: TRAINING IN SITU

LOGISTICS: TRAINING IN SITU

Like a red-headed stepchild, it’s easy to overlook those little, everyday logistical behaviors, like taking off (or putting on) the leash, getting in and out of the car, taking the dumbbell from the judge. They are small, you usually don’t get any points for them, and...

Geeking Out On the Fenzi Dog Sports Podcast with Melissa Breau

Geeking Out On the Fenzi Dog Sports Podcast with Melissa Breau

If I could sum myself up in one word, it would be 'geek'. Ok, I lie. Maybe it would be 'nerd'. The jury is out on that one. What the jury is certain on though - is that I 1000% enjoyed geeking out while discussing sits and downs with Melissa Breau on the Fenzi Dog...

Classical Conditioning is a One-Way Street

Classical Conditioning is a One-Way Street

It is important to remember, classical conditioning always only goes one direction. Bell -> Food The bell has to predict the food for the bell to cause the dog to drool. Food THEN bell will not have any effect. So if your dog doesn’t like a thing, and you want to...

Build an Accountability Exoskeleton

Build an Accountability Exoskeleton

Some people are simply born with self-discipline. I am not one of those people. Making decisions exhausts me. Commitment is hard. My brain tends to switch gears automatically like a faulty transmission when I hit a rough spot or things get difficult. Or I have to make...

How Splitting Can Overcome Motivation Problems

How Splitting Can Overcome Motivation Problems

  I stand here confronted by the recipe and its associated collection of produce. Step 1: Thoroughly rinse produce. Peel, trim and cut carrots into small dice. My thoughts: How important is it to peel carrots really? How important are vegetables really? How...

Training the Tucked Sit

Training the Tucked Sit

Why does how my dog sits matter? I was 1/3 of the way to my first open obedience title when I found out that there is more than one way for a dog to sit. We were having a particular problem where my dog would come flying back on the retrieve, punch me in the stomach...

Obedience Handling Notes from Patty Ruzzo

Obedience Handling Notes from Patty Ruzzo

As I was cleaning up and organizing my files on my computer (hard drive is full up AGAIN), I ran across an old text file simply labeled "Notes - Patty Ruzzo". I don't actually remember when/where I made them. I think *probably* they are from her "Compete in Joy" book,...

Video tools to make recording your training sessions easier

Video tools to make recording your training sessions easier

These are a few of my favorite things... If you are like me, you train almost entirely by yourself. Training by yourself makes it harder to stay motivated, and also a lot harder to stay objective about your training. Recording your training sessions on video helps...

 

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