Hiatus Over! … Coming out of hiding

It has been a while since my last post. And to be honest, I took a break from posting because of some negative comments I received. dog

There is no “right way” to raise a dog. There are a lot of happy pups out there that may be raise in a completely different way than your happy pup.  Like parenting, there is so much that you cannot control and of course a lot of variables. Breed, the temperament of the mother, situation the dog came from, environmental stimuli, the owner’s personal beliefs on reward and discipline, house rules, etc. There is no one size fits all approach. 

What I love about this blog community is that I genuinely feel that every one that I come across has a passion for their companion, good intentions, and they are doing the best they can. 

Everyone has a right to an opinion and but I feel that when surrounded by such compassionate fellow dog owners, it is detrimental to tear someone down for their personal journey and choices along the way.

My blog is homage to making a ton of mistakes in dog ownership. I come here to commiserate with you all, to learn from you, and of course to see your beautiful, happy pups.

End of rant!

Kinley’s at college

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Day 4 of college! Kinley’s absence is crushing but I am trying to stay busy and not think!

Left picture: Kinley is on the left and another GSD Coal is on the right. Right Picture: Kinley in the play area!

I spoke with the trainers yesterday which was very reassuring! They reported that she is showing no sides of separation anxiety. She is very smart and is loving the training but is definitely too smart for her own good. They are witnessing the same “give her an inch, and she’ll take a mile” behavior that I do. They are really confident that they can help me understand and help me correct this.

Stay tuned….

Kinley goes to college

We have been affectionately calling the 4 week training program Kinley iskin coll going to “College.” Silly humans, I know!

I asked so many of you for your thoughts on training programs and was so happy with all of the responses. After a lot of thought, I am going to move forward with the program. I have been training with Kinley since the age of 4 months old. I did a lot right but many things wrong. My biggest hope is that she will develop more confidence. That is the area where I have fallen short. She is so trusting but often get excited or anxious I think because of some insecurities.

Most, if not all of you thought it best that I train with Kinley. I agree but also see the benefit of her working with others. After all I am a first time dog owner and not a dog trainer with 10+ years of experience.  I coach youth lacrosse and I cannot tell you how beneficial is it for the athletes to have many coaches. It makes them well rounded and we all coach in different ways.

I know that she will love the program because she is a working breed and a big fan of treats! I get to swing by daily to watch her train so that I don’t go through withdrawal. Wish us luck!

Two year anniversary

For most people their dog’s birthday is a big deal, but for me April 6th is the important date. Today marks two years that Kinley has been in my life.

Two years ago I picked her up and we began a crazy adventure. Below is her mom and a picture of her in the house that very day.

I never thought I could love something so much or learn so much from one little being.

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Opinions wanted and needed!

Hi Blog Family,ktdk

You all frequently give me awesome advice and insight to chew on. So, I want to know what you think!

I will be traveling for a week in the beginning of May and need to board Kinley at our favorite place, The Dog Knowledge. So, I started to look into the training packages they offer (two birds, one stone). After exploring, they felt it best to do a 4 week live in training program.

It is 1,745.00 (about $62.00 a day) for 28 days. I have been going there for a long time and often when I drop her off for daycare they are training. It is a beautiful, calm, and happy environment. They do 6-10 training sessions a day, 15 minutes of training and 45 minutes of play.

The thought of not sleeping with her or seeing her face for 4 weeks is so daunting but they do allow you to come by anytime to watch training and of course send pictures. I know Kinley is a working breed and I have a feeling she would love it and it would build her confidence.

What do you guys think? Brutal honesty people, I have thick skin.

Tagg! – Dog Tracker

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I purchased this pet tracker about a week ago. I travel often and my roommates look after my dog and like a crazy dog lady I worry. Dogs can push boundaries with people other than their owners and my smart GSD is no exception!

I think micro chipping is great and very needed but I worry that Kinley (being the “scary” looking dog that she is) will not be picked up by someone and taken to the vet to be scanned. So Tagg is my solution! It not only tracks her activity but also is a GPS! If ever she got away from my roommate on a walk or chew threw a leash, I could help the caretakers find her.

Tagg is sold at all Verizon stores or can be found online. Tip: Tagg bought Whistle and they are coming out with a better version of what I have come May 1st. You can order now though!

Kicked out of dog daycare :(

This is our embarrassed face!   Kinley has been going to dog daycare for over 8 months. I started taking her to socialize her, build her confidence, and to have some much needed separation.

Today we tried a new dog daycare which is closer to my new job! During the 30 intake evaluation she did great! Relaxed body language and found a golden retriever to annoy. About 30 minutes after I left I got a call that she had become anxious and jumped a 5 foot wall! I don’t know if she heard me leave or heard my car engine but she was trying to find me.

Those big ears can hear way too much!