Our Journey


This is a page to share with you all what we are going through right now; what we are learning, and what we are struggling through, in hopes that we can inspire some of you to research new ways to work through the issues in your own lives.  

Browsing Archive: November, 2009

Lessons from Rocco: Dominance and Play

Posted by Amanda Beasley on Thursday, November 19, 2009, In : Dog Training 
I love to watch my dogs as they interact, so that I can get a better idea of "dog language". One thing I always do with my aggressive foster dogs, is take a step back, and make sure I am very careful when I give affection. I do not do it around the other dogs, and I watch for dominance signs the whole time. I never really thought about why I did this, until I had a student whose dog was having extreme aggression and dominance, and I knew that she was very very affectionate with the dog. The n...
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Overcoming food aggression- day 5

Posted by Amanda Beasley on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, In : Dog Training 


Food aggression training has been going very well with Rocco. We started with just hand feeding him, then moved to hand feeding him over an empty food bowl, then to dropping the food into the bowl, then to switching between bowl feeding and hand feeding, then to picking up the bowl when he lifts his head to pour more food into it. It is good to start feeding time pausing between handfuls, or between puting more food in the bowl, so that is just about begging you to pick up his bowl...
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Learning through experience

Posted by Amanda Beasley on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, In : Dog Training 
I was just watching greys anatomy, and something one of the doctors said really struck a chord in me. She said that making mistakes is how we all learn, we just have to accept that and hope for the best. This is so true, I have such a problem forgiving myself for not being perfect. I have to realize that making mistakes is what is going to make me a better dog trainer. If I never mess up, or if I mess up and there are no real consequences, than how am I going to learn to not make that mistake...
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