I’m not as particular about dog food as many people – what dogs eat does definitely matter, but as a consumer it’s hard to make sense of what the companies are saying and verify many of the claims about quality Continue reading Dog Food Experiment
Socialization is a frequently misunderstood concept in dog training. It’s more (time) critical with puppies, but even for adult dogs we need to continue to provide good (not bad, and not neutral) experiences with the world. For dogs who are Continue reading Providing Appropriate Dog-Dog Socialization for Adult Dogs
In the past few months I’ve had quite a few people ask me to help them find a purebred dog through rescue or breeders – and it’s hard. There’s a lot of ways things can go well (a great match) Continue reading Using the OFA Website – Finding a Breeder – Hips and Elbows
We’ve had some less than stellar trial days in November and December – sometimes fast but poor control, and sometimes great teamwork but Griffin doesn’t seem to be trying hard. As a result – we’ve not be en entering as Continue reading Griffin – USDAA Agility – January 8
We’re in early December and it’s already too cold! Tonight I took Viktor to a pet store to exercise him by walking and training indoors. I expected more activity for 5:30pm but we only saw a few customers and employees. Continue reading Viktor’s Trip to the Pet Store
Last weekend we hosted what we think is the first Companion Dog Sport Program (CDSP) trial in Ohio. One of our instructors and I (not knowing each other!) went to a seminar about it 9-10 years ago, but it seems Continue reading Bringing CDSP Obedience to Ohio – and Griffin in Open!
We hosted a World Cynosport Rally (WCRL) trial last weekend. It was our first time ever hosting a 2 day trial – and it was easier than we expected! I had all three dogs participate – Griffin did well but Continue reading Viktor’s Rally Level 1!
Viktor is now 24 months old. We have been addressing his ‘valgus deviation of both front limbs’ since he was a young puppy. Our rehab vet in Minnesota wanted to see him to evaluate his elbows and make a plan Continue reading November MN Trip – Good Vet News!
I’ve been judging for the World Cynosport Rally program for about two years. That judging has primarily been at our facility and so that we could keep entry costs as low as possible for our exhibitors. A few times I’ve Continue reading Judging WCRL – Away From “Home”
One more “Griffin is the best” post is necessary. On Friday we did an AKC obedience trial. He was great. We need to do more training but also were able to show many things we can do well. We did Continue reading Griffin at AKC Obedience – RN, BN PCD