I have had to walk Mr. Atticus twice a day since about May because of a laminitic episode. It has been an interesting journey and we’re still on it. I’ve also had to really watch what I feed him and … Continue reading

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Ride Shorter, Progress Farther.

Us humans can be like rats on a wheel sometimes. Source: Ride Shorter, Progress Farther.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge 2

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Where are the edges? Between you and me? Where do you begin and I end? Where do I end and you begin? Is there an edge where you and I meet? https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/edge/   Save Save

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge

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Working with Fearful Horses

This is my contribution to #Train4Rewards challenge. Ollie is a fearful horse.  I’ve said for years that he’s afraid of air or that he’s neurotic, although the word “neurotic” can’t really be applied to horses and that word is also … Continue reading

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Breather Behaviors

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No breather behavior here! Pony loves to tug for her reward. We all have seen it, even though we might not have realized it at the time. A dog that doesn’t out a toy when asked,…

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In Defense of Education

Well written. Straight and to the damn point!

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cartoon of shrugging dog with questionsThe dog training industry may be among the few professions in which people with a lack of understanding and limited or no education are glorified, even given their own TV shows, while those who have chosen to become educated are held up for ridicule. Heaven forbid you know a few big words and have the temerity (temerity: excessive confidence or boldness; audacity) to use them. Chefs probably have a deeper and broader understanding of the science of cooking than many dog trainers have of learning.

Imagine sitting around with a group of pilots and one saying with a sneer, “I don’t know what all this wind sheer and lift is you’re all going on about, I just fly the damn plane,” and the other pilots raising their glasses in a toast and high fiving. Or a physician boasting that they’re not even sure what blood pressure is, they just take…

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Lumping and the Environment, Part 4

Recently, I have been traveling and co-teaching with my friend and co-conspirator, Peggy Hogan.  She had flown to the east coast from her home in California to do two clinics – one in Greensboro, North Carolina, and one in Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Ollie, Splitting the Environment, Body Awareness, and Impulsion, 5-10-16

Many of my blog posts have been updates on the boys’ training.  This is one of those.  But it is also related to the “Lumping and the Environment” series because Ollie and trailering skills is what got us to look … Continue reading

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Lumping and the Environment, Part 3

In my last two blogs, I talked about lumping and the environment – how I woke up to the phrase and how it made me look at what I was already doing with a fresh perspective. In this blog, I … Continue reading

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