Gratitude in My Grief

A week ago I had to say goodbye to Denver, my Labrador Retriever. He was a special dog to me and my family. He and I had an amazing bond, forged over the nearly 13 years I had him. Some dogs are just like that. If you’re reading my blog, you probably already know these things and know exactly what it means to have a “heart dog.” In trying to work through my own grief over losing him, I thought it would help to write about some of the things I’m grateful for during Denver’s last days.

Arousal and Aggression in Dogs

If you’ve spent any time around me you have heard me say something to the effect of, “Arousal and aggression are linked.” It seems to be a mantra that is one of my soap box issues and I say it at least once every time I give a seminar.

  • It’s the reason I don’t want to roughhouse with dogs too much.
  • It’s the reason I don’t want play at the dog park to go uninterrupted for too long.
  • It’s the reason I stress that daycare staff need to supervise the dogs.
  • It’s one thing I want everyone who deals with dogs to understand.

Arousal and aggression are linked! But what does it really mean?

Why Lack of Behavior Isn’t the Goal of Training

Just this morning, my husband asked me, “What’s wrong?” To which I replied, “Nothing.” I was just thinking about my work, but the fact that I wasn’t showing much behavior caused my husband to wonder if I was ok. As I thought about this seemingly innocent discussion, I wondered why this same concern about lack of behavior doesn’t happen when dogs get quiet and seem fine. When dogs are doing nothing, most pet parents assume this is a good thing. They often don’t stop to consider whether the dog is ok. Many times, lack of behavior is viewed as the goal of training. But it’s not…or at least it shouldn’t be.

Join Me for the Best Year Ever!

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I’m not sure where 2015 has gone, but what I do know is 2016 is right around the corner.  Seriously. Some days I feel like if I blink, Christmas will be over and I’ll be writing 2016 on all of my checks.

Are you setting New Year’s Resolutions? Getting your goals lined up for 2016? Feeling both excited AND overwhelmed about what the New Year has in store for your professional and personal life?

Wouldn’t it be nice to just be excited and not overwhelmed?  Yeah, I think so too.

Which is why, for the third year in a row, I’m signing up for Michael Hyatt’s “5 Days to the Best Year Ever” program. Why 3 years in a row? Well, friends, it’s just that good AND it gets better every year.  Here are a few more reasons: