This blog is a tribute to Belle, and all the dogs who have come before and after. They are my friends, my companions, my teachers and my students. They bring me both joy and heartache, laughter and tears. There is nothing as sweet as the smell of puppy breathe, and nothing as sad as the final goodbye.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
We spent nearly 3 months doing Margot Wood's 'Long Down' exercise before I could even touch him without his excitement level rising to the level of insanity. By that I mean he would try to jump on and over me, all the while barking shrilly and incessantly from even the slightest touch.
Daily we worked on attention exercises, heeling exercises, recall and the basics. Gradually he calmed down.
Today Timo is a certified therapy dog and my best friend. All the hard work has paid off. Does he still have his moments? Yes! But they are few and far between. Do we still train daily? Yes, yes, yes! And that is because training is a life-long commitment between us, a never ending process that continues to grow as new challenges present themselves or are created.
I am so proud of my Timo and so grateful that I was able to see the great dog hidden behind the beast.
Posted by Michelle at 11:02 AM
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Thank you, Dr. Dunbar, for advocating balanced training!
Posted by Michelle at 5:24 PM
Saturday, August 6, 2011
|That's Noah on the left, a LILRR rescue from VA, Baci in the center and Belle on the right. Baci and Belle are gone now, but they have changed me forever.
If you should see a tennis ball falling from the sky know that Belle and Baci are biding their time, doing what they enjoy best, until we are together again.