The Hunt Starts in the Gut

I was sitting out back a few days ago and was taking a picture of Bella. Suddenly, a squirrel caught her sights, tight-roping along the powerline. Luckily I caught it on camera. Nothing amazing happened, I just think it’s cool to see the prey-predator dynamic occur in nature, let alone your back yard! The big “no-no” for…

Mindfulness, Counseling, and Dogs

  “A MONK ASKED JOSHU IN ALL EARNESTNESS, ‘DOES A DOG HAVE BUDDHA NATURE OR NOT?’ JOSHU SAID, ‘MU!’” Preface At the request of Dr. Jean Marie Thompson, Team Leader for the Indiana K-9 Assisted Crisis Response Team, I give my thoughts and opinions on mindfulness and counseling and how it may apply to dogs….

Celebrate Autumn

Ah the Fall season, my favorite time of year and my favorite time to be out in the woods with the dogs. I present a few poetic words to be mindful of as you enjoy the change of season! -The Death of Summer- When man toils in his fields, Just beyond springtime’s vibrant song, How…

Closing Remarks: Returning to My Heart

The Journey Back Home People say “Home is where the heart is” but I argue it’s the other way around: heart is where the home is. It has been almost two weeks since returning from Vermont and I wanted to give myself some time to let things soak in before I gave some final words….

Day 16: A Stroll Around the Park

My favorite post yet. Kevin and I traveled down to NYC to pick up a dog of one of his clients. It was a nice day trip as it got me away from the context of the last two weeks for a little bit. We picked up the dog and walked it to Central Park…

Day 15: When it Comes to Dogs, Cats Run the Show

I mentioned in a previous post about Trace’s “encounter” with the cat outside. Well today he faced the same cat. He didn’t have that jolt of his physical center of gravity, though, he was still a bit curious. Our initial meeting between Trace and the kitty allowed us to establish a new charge for him…

Day 14: Kibbles ‘n Bits, Oh My!

Part 1 I feel inclined to reiterate from the previous blog entry that 1) knowing the terminology of NDT is very important and 2) to become fluent in it as a trainer is crucial when applying the training exercises. It’s easy to put your own terms in there but you have to be careful what…

Day 13: “It Is A Bad Day to Be A Husky”

It was a hot one today. By about 5 pm the Behan’s outdoor thermometer read 100. One of the first things I said to Kevin this morning was how bad I felt for Trace since he’s a Siberian. Kevin’s response is included in the title. Today we worked Bella and Trace a lot. Bella is…

Day 12: Back to Basics

Sorry this is late (not that you care) but my computer and the wifi connection up here aren’t cooperating. Must be the heat or something. Anyhow…. It is important to note that NDT encompasses the basic laws of physics and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand it. However, if you really…