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 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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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!