Category Archives: Mindful Dog Training Tips

Dog training advice using a mindful approach

Overanalyzing Bit Me In The @**

Pinched between teeth A pink welt on white skin OW! scares us both So it turns out Whiskey can be a shithead. She cozies up when I’m eating like she expects to be baby-birded. Her stubborn streak is … … … Continue reading

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Five Steps to Alleviating Your Off Leash Fears

Off leash. Off leash in the mountains. Off leash in the mountains hours away from home. Crazy? Maybe. While chatting with a friend about our vacation, she couldn’t believe we let Rico and Roxy off leash. In fact, they were … Continue reading

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Hey Diddle Diddle, The Cat’s in the Middle …

…of our bushes, and I was the last to know. You can probably guess what happens next—a test of my theory about showing love to get a dog to come to you. I quickly realized Rico and Roxy’s investigation entailed … Continue reading

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Daily Meditation Using Eight Everyday, Stressful Moments

  No matter how hard I tried, daily meditation didn’t help me with everyday stress. Apparently, sitting alone on a cushion wasn’t the same as being face-to-face with a bitchy colleague. Or a fickle lap top, a stressed-out loved one, … Continue reading

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Learning to Come When Called

I have a theory that teaching dogs to come when called isn’t about teaching them anything at all. I know this to be true with Rico and Roxy. I’ve never taught them the “come” cue, but they never…OK, Roxy has … Continue reading

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Using Tai Chi to Rotate Away from a Jumping Dog

Roxy jumps up to kiss you as a standard greeting. I correct her, but the “It’s all right” crowd at our recent party made it hard to convince her to accept a consistent, more appropriate alternative. Not everyone likes being … Continue reading

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Keeping Myself Aligned While Walking The Dogs

Shoulders to the left, hips overcompensating to the right, knees resisting a pull to the left, toes gripping the ground in front— lately I’ve felt like a disheveled Rubik’s Cube walking the dogs. Rico suffered a flare-up of spondylosis, making … Continue reading

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Verbal Corrections? Here’s The Key(ya)

I’ve heard heartbreaking stories lately of families with two dogs who seem closer than close when suddenly a horrible, bloody fight breaks out. I can count on one hand how many scuffles Rico and Roxy have been in, but none … Continue reading

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The Secret to Stopping Door Dashing Dogs

I’m either the luckiest dog parent on earth or I’ve stumbled across one of the biggest dreams of every dog parent—ridding the dogs of all door dashing. I think the secret comes from the Wizard of Oz: There’s no place … Continue reading

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Walking (Safely) in A Winter Wonderland

When snow turns up, my dogs’ sniffers turn on. Big time. They sniff snow like I sniff a kitchen with chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. A normally 15 minute walk could extend into an hour if I don’t … Continue reading

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