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Fear Is Not Rational!

What is fear? To paraphrase, fear is an emotional response to a perceived threat or danger whether real or imagined. Fear is useful in helping us determine which situations are dangerous so we can stay safe, but it can also … Continue reading

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More fun games to increase attention

We’re teaching our dogs all the time. Everything we do teaches them something even if we’re not aware of it. For example, if you’re sitting at your computer while reading this, and your dog nudges your arm, what do you … Continue reading

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Teaching attention skills should be fun

I was watching a dog owner and her dog in class last week. The dog, a young mixed breed with some lab heritage, was sniffing the ground, watching the birds fly overhead, and was pulling on the leash away from … Continue reading

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“I want my dog to be good for me, not treats!”

When I began training one of my dogs years ago (and no, I won’t tell you how many!) the trainer used food treats as a training tool. Having previously trained my German Shepherds in schutzhund with a trainer who did … Continue reading

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September tends to be a hot month in San Diego

San Diego has a temperate climate. The Pacific Ocean tends to keep us from getting too hot or too cold. September, however, is our hottest month and there have been some really hot days the last few weeks. Although our … Continue reading

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Riker is Number One!

Riker, my now 12 year old Australian Shepherd, is the first dog registered in the American Kennel Club’s brand new program to recognize therapy dogs. http://www.petconnection.com/blog/2011/08/09/riker-is-number-one-and-not-just-with-me/comment-page-1/ Riker is often silly, never serious, and thankfully rarely shows his age. He’s also … Continue reading

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It’s hard to be a young sensitive girl! How Raz is handling unprecedented stress.

In my last blog, I talked about stress and how to help your dog through it.  This is a continuation/update from that post. To give you a little background, my husband and I adopted a 10 month old Aussie, Raz, … Continue reading

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It’s a good thing Bashir doesn’t have thumbs

I’ve had Australian Shepherds for twenty-five years – give or take – so know the breed quite well. In those twenty-five years, my dogs and I have competed in conformation and obedience, done stock dog work, agility, carting, weight pulling, … Continue reading

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“Why is everyone acting so differently and what do I do about it?”

On the heels of a tragedy that struck the Kindred Spirits family hard at the beginning of this week, I feel compelled to write about how stress can affect our dogs.  Most of us have daily stresses that we deal … Continue reading

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Demo dogs have an important job

Every since I began teaching dogs and their owners…cough, cough…more years ago than I want to admit, I’ve been using one or more of my dogs as a demo dog in my training. After all, I began teaching other people … Continue reading

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