The Gift of a First Dog

The Gift of a First Dog

On November 3, I hit a three year milestone of losing my “Epic Dog” Judd to cancer. I admit to crying… a lot… as I generally do when I think about losing him. We have all been there. If you have loved a dog, you have probably lost a dog too. We...
Calling Alert is a Thought Process

Calling Alert is a Thought Process

When we call Alert, we have usually gone through a series of decisions in our minds. The more straightforward the hide, the easier that thought process is. When the hide is more complex, we might have to do a more thorough risk assessment. In order to call Alert...
Handling Strategies for Low Confidence Dogs

Handling Strategies for Low Confidence Dogs

This weekend, Why did his very first Elite trial. Why is my naturally low confidence dog who at 11.5 years old has turned into a different dog! We were far from perfect but my goals for him were (1) keep him happy and confident, and (2) keep my points. I have happy to...
Staying Focused on One Thing at a Time

Staying Focused on One Thing at a Time

Trialing can be stressful. Correction… Trialing IS stressful. If we are doing something that we care about, and we have spent months preparing for the event, we are bound to feel pressure on the start line. If you have trialed, you know the feeling of...