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 #93: See yourself the way I see you.

Lesson #93: See yourself the way I see you.

Dogs look to us with such loving, adoring, understanding eyes. If only we could see ourselves the same way. One of the most important relationships we can have is with that of the self; for this is what will strongly influence all other relationships we enter into....
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...

Lesson #4: The Importance of a Mulligan. A “Mulligan” is a term widely used in golf to describe a replay. The golfer gets to take another shot without penalty. In my mind, there’s no such thing as “failure” or “mistakes”; as these are gifts in...
Lesson #62: Put the “commit” in “commitment”.

Lesson #62: Put the “commit” in “commitment”.

Every relationship has its challenges, and I firmly believe everything and everyone crosses our path with great purpose; whether it be to teach, remind, help heal, challenge, inspire or help shuttle us into our next chapter. What I’ve found with human...