Guys, I am taking a break from Tumblr.


I’m not sure when I will get back on, but every time I get on I am overwhelmed with the negativity and I don’t need that in my life right now. I am working on making healthier choices and not spending so much time on things that aren’t helping me. I hope all my followers are doing well and I wish you all happiness. :)

I posted this in my personal tumblr and just figured I would reblog. Just so you know, the negativity I am talking about isn’t in reference to you guys, just on Tumblr in general, you are all wonderful and I may hop on to check up on all you guys every once and a while. I may post updates here and there as well, so it really won’t be much different. You guys are all great! Be blessed.



but the absolute best thing about clicker/marker training

is that moment when a new trainee animal’s eyes light up

and they look at you and you can see their brain working

they figure out that their actions are causing good things to happen

it dawns on them that they can control their environment and make awesome stuff appear

and they are so amazed in that moment

it’s beautiful

Why it’s important to leash your dogs when you visit the vet

I would like to share why it is very important to leash your dogs while you go to the vet. Many of you do, but as a person who works in a vet office, I do occasionally see folks come in with their frolicking best friend without a leash. If you are one of these people, I’m sure you are reading this and instantly offending your dog with things like”they are so friendly” or “he comes when I call him” or maybe something like “oh, she just loves other dogs”. While you may trust your dog to be friendly with other people and dogs, that doesn’t mean it necessarily works the other way around. There are many people who are weary of unleashed dogs, and you may be putting them in an uncomfortable situation by letting your dog just run up to them. Another thing is, even if you are able to predict your dogs behavior around another dog, you have no way of knowing what the other dog is going to do. If your dog goes up to another dog and that dog bites your dog, they are going to get the blame, but that is a situation that could be easily avoided by simply leashing your dog. Not to mention cats, even if they are in a crate, the likelihood that they are uncomfortable and stressed is high, throw a dog shoving it’s face right next to the door, and it’s only going to increase. I could go on, and if any of you have questions, feel free to ask, but please please please leash your pooches when you go the vet!

So there is a lady in my agility class with an adorable Australian Shepherd named Wiley. She breeds them and Wiley is going to be her next stud. He has a great temperament and good drive. She asked me tonight if I had considered getting an Aussie rather than a Border Collie, then she went on to say that she thought I had done such a good job with Tru. I think she wants me to get one of her puppies eventually. I really like Wiley and I bet if I picked out a puppy early she wouldn’t have to dock the tail or glue the ears, because that’s really the only two reasons why I prefer BC’s over Aussie’s. Anyways, it was kind of exciting. Just thought I would share. :)

They do this all the time. It’s hilarious!

Alright, so this post is for my followers not so knowledgable about dog body language or stress signals.

This is Hunter, he came to Daycare yesterday and it was his first day. It’s pretty typical for a dog to be stressed out on their first day, and he was. We always take pictures of dogs on their first or second day and do a “welcome to daycare” post on our Facebook page. I kept trying to get one of him in the room with the dogs but he was too concerned with them to even look at me. In the first two pictures you can see his ears are back, his body is rigid, he is giving the whale eye big time in pic #1, and if he had a tail it would probably be in between his legs. These are all stress signals, as well as:

licking lips

yawing (not out of being tired, and I have found that stress yawns are often paired with a noise)

shaking (like getting water off)

Now keep in mind one of these things is often paired with another and can increase and decrease depending on the amount of stress that is put on the dog.

In the second two pics I had taken into an area without any other dogs. As you can see he looks a lot happier. His body is more relaxed, his nub was wagging, he was panting, his ears were up, just your typical happy pup. I had a squeaky ball too, which helped.

Anyway, I just had these pics that showed the difference really well, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to share. Plus, in my opinion, it’s always good to know these things whether or not you own or work with dogs.