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…

Day 11: A Matter of Terminology

Here’s an analogy for the day: sensual is to (electro)magnetic as pressure is to (electro)static. Simply put, when our dogs become magnetic, especially with us and other dogs who are also magnetic, they become sensual, or supple. Their shoulders are soft and they become loosy-goosy. This is what flow looks like. On the flip side, when dogs become static they…

Day 10: Trust Your Gut

Part 1 It has been amazing having discussions with Kevin about different topics ranging from martial arts, to family, to birds and fish, to society and social structures, philosophy and religion, to cars, and everything else under the sun. It never ceases to amaze me how it all relates back to dog training. We were…

Day 9: Fine Tuning

Part 1 I felt pretty good about my first attempt at writing out the model. However, I think there are some things to clean up on my part. For instance, prey drive only comes from the battery, therefore, if you go back to my beginning statements about the puppy in the last post you will…

Day 8: Opening Up the Pipe (Long, but My Most Important Post Yet)

Part 1 Here’s my first crack at the whole she-bang after almost a week here: When I first asked Kevin, “where do you start and how to you progress when you begin to explain your model to people,” he said, “the pipe, the battery, and the dynamo.” Well, I’m going to attempt that here from…