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!

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.

Guilty dog mom seeking guidance!

Hey Bloggoverse,

My almost 2 year old Shepherd has an abundance of energy. So, I am hoping to hear what you guys do structure wise as well as exercise wise for your dogs.

I know she is under stimulated and I would love to be a better owner. So what are your morning/evening routines? And tips for creating calm times in the house?

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“No playing in the house!” rule

This video cracks me up! It shows two rules we try to enforce. Key word being try! There is no playing in the house. Not with other animals, and no humans throwing balls etc. You can see the Bear and Kinley are desperately trying to play in a discrete way. It’s hard to break this up because they are so darn cute.

The other rule that has helped a ton is, Kinley must lay down while playing with puppies or smaller dogs. It makes everything fair and as most of you know a bad experience for a puppy under 1 year old with another dog can be quite scarring and hurt socialization. So, as a large breed owner it is my job to keep Kinley in check and make sure everyone is having a positive experience.

Top Ten Dog Behavior Myths

Some where along the way while educating and getting educated we have created absolutes. I love this post because it reminds us to not fall into that trap.
There have been so many times when people have told me that Kinley just wants to please me. Dont’ get me wrong, Kinley loves me but she doesn’t do much to try to please me. She loves to play, eat, explore, and she is prey motivated. I have seen dogs who live for affection and praise (lots of Goldens) but my dog does not. I am almost positive that she would be content if we never touched or spoke. She loves my presence.


This is a post made by Jean Donaldson (see link below).  I have added the pictures of Max and Sophia just because I like them.

Jean Donaldson’s “Top 10 Dog Behavior Myths”

Jean Donaldson is the founder of the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers. Her books include The Culture Clash, Dogs Are From Neptune and MINE! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs.

1) Dogs are naturally pack animals with a clear social order.
This one busts coming out of the gate as free-ranging dogs (pariahs, semi-feral populations, dingoes, etc.) don’t form packs. As someone who spent years solemnly repeating that dogs were pack animals, it was sobering to find out that dogs form loose, amorphous, transitory associations with other dogs.
Max & Sophia
2) If you let dogs exit doorways ahead of you, you’re letting them be dominant.
There is not only no evidence for this, there is…

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I finally caved and got the app Timehop! If you don’t have it, get it. The first thing that popped up was this video of Kinley and I a year ago training at our local play ground. She was 10 months. So nice to reminisce.

Side note.. take your dog to a play ground and bring lots of treats. Such a great place for training. Lots of “ups,” “paws ups,” “under.” The slide is a bit intimidating but doing new things builds their confidence! Don’t leave on a fail, leave on a confident and successful note.