Friday, December 30, 2016

In Memory of D'Art

A beautiful soul. An infectious happiness. A loving boy who held my heart. You left us so quickly, you left us too soon. You shall forever reside in my heart. 

D'Art passed away, most unexpectedly, on Dec. 27th 2016. He was happy up to the last and passed in the comfort of his own bed. He left behind a heavy weight of sadness, but an immense gratefulness to have shared some of life with him. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wordless Wednesday - Happy Holidays!




Whether it be Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or something else you celebrate this time of year, the poodles and I wish you the very best!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Gift of Positive Training

I think it goes safely undisputed in the Positive Training Blog Hop community to say that positive training is a gift to our dogs. It is gentle, positive and just simply right. This month's blog hop, hosted by Tenacious Little Terrier and Rubicon Days discusses the Gift of Positive Training. The list is long, but the biggest gift that positive training has given me personally is that it has helped me conquer my fear of dogs.

Fear of dogs? Don't you have three, big, fluffy barkers? Why yes, I do. 

I've always loved dogs. When I was a child, I looked forward to pet sitting for my mum's friends and dreamed of owning my very own beagle one day. That doesn't sound like much of a fear, but truthfully I was also very scared of dogs. Every dog I didn't already know was something to be feared. 

Not knowing a dog's language very well, I couldn't distinguish a happy bark from an anxious bark, and thus feared all barking dogs. I didn't know that ears flatted against the head could indicate fear and tail wagging came in all different forms. The fear that I carried around with me well into adulthood started when I was three. I stood waiting outside the front door of our home for my mum. Along came my family's Husky/Wolf mix, who (I now realize in retrospect) was fearful of humans and had some issues of his own. I must have been too forward with him, as he bit me on the arm. It is one of my earliest memories. It didn't break the skin and I have no doubt that he gave me all sorts of pre-bite warnings that I didn't understand. Nevertheless, that ingrained a fear of dogs inside my mind.

Fast forward to today and things are very different. I can distinguish between a happy "oh I'm so excited to meet you" bark and a "get away from my property, you make me uncomfortable" bark. I know how to calmly interact with dogs I am just meeting for the first time, and I am empowered with the knowledge of positive training to know how to kindly reward a dog once it has done its meet and smell routine. It took having my own dogs, and practicing positive training with them, to get me to this place of comfort.

This month's blog hop includes an awesome giveaway for puzzle toys, treats and a book that I know for a fact would be poodle approved! a Rafflecopter giveaway