Many at SMART DOGS knew my Father, Jim. He was an animal lover. He was generous, kind, helpful, friendly and honest. He helped with projects and groundskeeping and assisted in training sessions and CGC tests when volunteers were needed. Dad and with his dog Ellie were also members of our Dog Scouts of America Troop. Simply put, my Father was part of SMART DOGS. A brain tumor and two debilitating strokes forever changed his life and mine. Symptoms appeared late 2015 and for the last 4 years of his life we were a Team and best friends. Ensuring he had Continue Reading →
Any field, any topic, any endeavor, know where you are in the learning process.
Danger to convince ourselves we understand something when actually we have only recognition. Review and Self-Assessment fill this gap.
Danger to convince ourselves we surely must be doing now that we understand. Practice and Self-Assessment fill this gap.
Keep moving forward. Review, Practice, *Self-Assess*, Repeat.
Another impromptu post on another summertime favorite – Goi cuon (Vietnamese Summer Rolls, Spring Rolls, Fresh Rolls). Tasty, fresh, and super easy to make. The only thing you have to cook are the noodles unless you plan to include grilled veggies – or meat or seafood. Use this as a guide, feel free to substitute ingredients. You’ll need: – Rice Paper Sheets (I buy mine at Midland Market, a local Asian Market) – Bean Thread Noodles or Rice Noodles (from Midland Market) – Fried Tofu (again, from Midland Market or you can prepare your own) or meat or Continue Reading →
Summer is smoothie time for me and this is my favorite combination. It’s also a favorite with family and friends. A new friend just asked for the recipe…thought I’d share with you, too. Regarding the coconut & walnuts, I like those “not so smoothie”, I enjoy chewing on them. First I blend the fruit and liquids, then I add the coconut flakes and walnuts (or raw almonds) and pulse several times. If you’re new to smoothies, you can substitute with different fruit, juices, nut milks, etc., endless possibilities! You can also add protein powder – though Continue Reading →
Following up to my previous post on the Tasks of Chibi’s Level 2 Title from World Treibball League, this post provides clips to the tasks of Chibi’s Level 1 / GLOBAL GIZMO Title. Level 1 / GLOBAL GIZMO has 3 Tasks. There are 4 Balls on the playing field. Goal / Handler’s Area is 10′ wide. No food or toys allowed during play. 1 minute per Task. Senior/Small Dog exemption = 1.5 minutes for Tasks 2 and 3. TASK 1 Level 1 – With dog off-leash, Team heels around the balls “weaving through, around and by the balls, diagonally, in Continue Reading →
Congratulations to Chibi for pushing his way into a PUSHODIGY / Level 2 (PL2) Title from World Treibball League! There are 4 Tasks in Level 2, a clip of each is below. Time limit: 2 minutes per Task. TASK 1: 5 balls PARALLEL to goal line, 1st ball 5 second WAIT. TASK 2: 5 balls PARALLEL, 1st-4th balls 3 sec WAIT, REDIRECT, 3 sec WAIT, PUSH. TASK 3: 5 balls DIAGONAL to goal line, 1st ball 5 second WAIT. TASK 4: 5 balls PERPENDICULAR to goal line, 5th ball 10 second WAIT. 16 years young and non-herding Continue Reading →
Picked up a few laundry bags for storing & transporting Chibi’s 35mm Treibball balls. BINGO. The mouth of the bag has two locking drawstrings. Easy to open and close. A nice shoulder strap makes carrying the bag a breeze. There’s also a handy loop for hanging the bag from a hook, peg or similar. Sweet. The bags I purchased are Mainstays’ Heavy Duty Mesh Laundry Bag, 24″ W x 36″ H (61 cm x 91.4 cm). At $5 a bag, these rock. I have a few projects ongoing for the 40cm and larger balls. Will share when finsihed. Continue Reading →
Material List for 1 Bar Jump (3′ tall x 4′ wide) *Minus the 4-way connectors and jump cup strips, all material on hand at your area home improvement / hardware store. PVC pipe, end caps and T’s are in plumbing department; colored tape in electrical dept. I use a miter saw to cut my pieces but you can use a handheld pvc cutter, or your pvc source might cut it for you. 2 x 10′ pipes of 1″ pvc (schedule 40) cut as follows: 2 x 33.5″ pieces for the uprights (30″ if using T’s as connectors, see NOTE Continue Reading →
For the second time this year the Posse and I provide hospice care for a dear friend and family member. First was GingerPeach who passed away May 11. And now, sweet Rocky. His mobility increasingly limited as his spondylosis progresses. Came across a beautiful quote by Cicely Saunders, nurse, physician, writer, and founder of the modern hospice movement. Sharing it here, along with a few glimpses of the love and life that fill these special days with Rocky. “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only Continue Reading →
REMINDER – it is a long walk to the water bowl for a dog with arthritis or other mobility issue. When the dog is lying down, his trek begins with the process of standing up. Pain, discomfort or fatigue can sometimes cause the dog to forgo the trek. This can reduce his daily water intake. Not good. Help your mobility-impaired dog stay hydrated. Take water to his resting area, offer him a drink. Position the bowl so he doesn’t have to strain to reach it. Comfort is key. Water is offered to GingerPeach and Rocky several times a day. Though Continue Reading →
First news of 2015 – happy to announce I’m a Certified Stress Management Coach! Helping people manage the stress in their lives has always been crucial in my work at SMART DOGS. Why? Stress affects all of us – for better and for worse! Stress affects learning & behavior – for better and for worse! Mismanaged stress feeds undesired behavior and decreases wellness in dogs and in people. Stress from the human end of the leash causes stress at canine end of the leash. Stress from the human end of the leash affects progress at both ends of the Continue Reading →
As the start of the New Year approaches, I’m grateful for all the learning and growth of the past year. Wonderful new students, returning students, and visitors from far away places – including Kay Laurence who shared her time and knowledge in a Clicker Revolution workshop – contributed to my learning and growth in 2014. I’m grateful for the uniqueness of each person, each dog, and each lesson exchanged. Because of each one, my eyes see more clearly. Each year at SMART DOGS new programs are added and ongoing programs live in a healthy state of revision. One notable new Continue Reading →
“Too many mind” is a favorite quote I often share with students. It’s from “The Last Samurai”, a 2003 movie directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick. The quote is about mental control, maintaining a mental state free of distraction, it’s about performance, focus, being in the moment. Being truly and utterly IN the moment. The storyline takes place in 19th century Japan during the Meiji Restoration, details on the movie here. Captain Nathan Algren (played by Tom Cruise) is taken captive by Samurai and held in their village. They treat him very well and he is free to walk around Continue Reading →