Lesson #77: The importance of following through.

Lesson #77: The importance of following through.

Whether we’re creating a boundary, giving a cue or command, setting a parameter, or reinforcing a rule, “following through” is a crucial and necessary component to our success and effectiveness in our relations with our dogs. Following through blends...
Lesson #88: Challenge fosters growth.

Lesson #88: Challenge fosters growth.

We scoot first, then crawl; eventually making our way up to a stand, then a walk. Followed by: running, jumping, leaping, skipping, flipping and doing cartwheels. We coo and make gurgle noises first, then sound out vowels; eventually forming words and putting whole...
Lesson #83: Stay curious. Question everything.

Lesson #83: Stay curious. Question everything.

Many are quick to assume, place judgment or criticize based off of past experience or whatever beliefs we carry. We view things not as they are, but as we are. What Dog softly and subtly teaches is to stay curious. Question everything. Even ourselves. To go beyond...
Lesson #86: Stumble. Fall. Dust off. Keep going!

Lesson #86: Stumble. Fall. Dust off. Keep going!

Have you ever seen a dog jump for a ball, completely miss it, take a most grace-less tumble, then get right back up n’ at ’em? What a great lesson lies in that! Gosh, we’re all so very hard on ourselves. We take a shot, take a risk, go for whatever...
Lesson #70: Keep digging for buried treasure.

Lesson #70: Keep digging for buried treasure.

Buried within each of us is who we truly are, in essence and in spirit. In a world where we’re constantly bombarded with messages that in order for us to “be happy” or “be enough”, we need to look a certain way and have certain things. Achieve certain...
Lesson #60: Family is behavior, not entitlement.

Lesson #60: Family is behavior, not entitlement.

We are linked and related by blood, but what binds us as family is being related by: love, loyalty, trust, commitment, appreciation, acceptance, devotion, dependability, support, respect, and honesty. We seem to be the only animal family who tends to completely...