Veritas

Veritas meaning Truth There was a time I hated recording my agility runs. I couldn’t get past my awkwardness on the course and analyze the the run to fix my weaknesses or celebrate my success. Video doesn’t hide anything. You see what happened and what didn’t. It can take multiple views to see the different…

Today

Today could have been a bad day. I slept through my alarm. It’s Saturday and I wanted to leave by 5:15am to make it on time to an Agility Trial. I woke up at 5:15am. I had a choice. I could complain and make a million excuses why I shouldn’t go or I could get…

20 Minutes

I expect my dogs to spend time in a crate. I work outside of my house. I train at places with other dogs. I travel. I compete. They spend time in the crate and I need them to like being in their crate. My oldest dog, Rowan, is my first dog I got as an…

Patience with Myself

One Step At A Time by IvyWatchingYou One foot, in front of the other Each one, puts you further One step at a time On the path, to your goal And it takes time When you fall, get up again Keep going Till you reach the end Be patient, and just keep going And every…

Bird “Training”

Finding birds on a nice December day I met Melissa and we took our dogs out to “find the birdies”. We are not bird trainers, but we can plant a bird and the dogs had a blast finding them. Maybe next summer I will work with a trainer. They all have great intensity and drive….

Introducing… Who?

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my site… truth be told I’ve had a lot of personal and professional changes. I suppose this website will reflect that. There will be periods of activity and inactivity. But, the biggest change in my life is the addition of a new puppy! Last April I brought home…

Know When to Fold ‘Em… Sort Of

I had a game plan tonight. I was going to work on heeling and fronts. That game plan went out the window when I started working with Rowan. He was lagging. A lot. He never lags. I suspect it’s due to the tight quarters in my house. So, I stopped. Instead we worked on drive,…

A Four Beat Step

This is what I worked on today. The previous few weeks I’ve really focused on my shoulders during an About Turn.  I have developed the habit of turning into my dog to make eye contact.  I need to stop because I’m pushing my dogs back and behind me.  It’s going to take practice to break…

Heeling, heeling, and more heeling

I won’t say I hate heeling, but it does have this mythical aura surrounding it. I watch other teams perform heeling exercises and the connection they have as they maneuver through the course or the menagerie of dogs, people, and crates is enviable. I’m sure if they were to observe me watching them I would…

It’s all about me!

I’m just going to get this out of the way.  In case no one ever told you, training a dog is never about the dog.  It’s always about you.  The trainer’s methods may vary, but inevitably it’s all about you.  Sunday was no different.  I had my first private session with the dogs.  And, as…

Goal Setting

Setting goals helps people work towards their own objectives I have recently set some personal and professional goals for myself.  During this process, I have repeatedly been told I should write them down.  I will be more likely to achieve them if I do.  This isn’t a venue I want to share those goals, however…

Baby It’s Cold Outside

I have fleece coats and winter jackets for my dogs.  I also have snoods for them, but I hadn’t purchased any boots for them.  I grew up in Wisconsin and currently reside in Minnesota.  The winter weather can be harsh at times.  I have Vizslas, not Malamutes.  Therefore, they need help in the cold weather…