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Dogs at Feeding Time

This is how it looks in my home when I feed my pack. :)
I really put importance on how each feeding goes – tell me what you think!

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The Gardening Dog

Mowgli, my dog, and my boyfriend were gardening today…

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New Dog Videos!

I got out the camera today and made a couple of videos.

In the first one I’m explaining how I view dog walking and give a few tips. I hope this gives you a few new ideas!

This second one was just for fun. I was playing around with the dogs, trying to have them take the treats carefully. I always think it’s hilarious to watch the differences in the dogs ┬ápersonalities and how their breed causes them to act differently in the same situation.

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Amazing Footage

I stumbled upon this wonderful footage of Tom Dorrance – the legend of horsemanship.

When I watched it, I could feel his kindness, calmness, and simplicity. Although it was hard to hear what he was saying at some points, I was captivated! Balancing a broom… he talks about how you have to try it a bit, then come back and try again until you can really balance a broom on top of your thumb.

Tom relates balancing a broom to starting (and generally riding) horses… you always have to be a bit ahead of the broom or of the horse so that it doesn’t “fall”. Always one step ahead.

This is also another video of Tom, as he was still a bit younger.

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Sometimes we need a little inspirational kick to get us back on track.

I found this great TedTalk video today. It’s not originally about animals, but I actually find it to be about every aspect of life! Especially since a key point in this man’s speech is repetition, inspiration (inspiring yourself) and moving forward with confidence. How can that not benefit our training and relationships with animals?

Repetition is something I love being reminded of, because I let it slide in my moments of laziness… when I really apply repetition to the things I want to master, the results are always unbelievable. Short sessions, often, rest, repeat… repeat… repeat…

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“Chimpanzee” Movie

A+! 5*! I watched the movie “Chimpanzee” yesterday and can’t recommend it highly enough.

Super filming and a (true) story line that made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I watched it in german, but even the translation was done well!! The whole time I couldn’t stop imagining the film team running through the jungle, filming these chimpanzees and getting such awesome shots! The filming was truly outstanding and made it feel very personal.

There were many moments where the chimpanzees looked right into the camera lens and it felt as if they were looking directly at me. The story starts when the chimpanzee, Oscar, is a newborn and follows him as his family gets pushed out of their territory by another chimpanzee group. At one point he becomes an orphan and what happens next is just wonderful. Definitely worth the movie ticket. :)

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The Dining Dog

A week or so ago, my boyfriend and I made this video with my dog, Mowgli. It was our first time making one like this, so we’re going to try again and improve! Hope you like it :)

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Exhausting an Athletic Dog…

… Not so easy!

Each time a high-energy dog runs, they get in better shape. Every run takes longer and longer to get the same (tired) results in the end. This is, mainly, because merely the body is being trained and not the mind and focus.

I might be physically drained after a run – but, depending how well trained I am, it could also feel refreshing. After a math exam… I will be out for the rest of the day. Focus (concentration) and using our brain can be so tiring!!

So what if you had an activity that combined physical excursion and the equivalent to a “math exam”? I speak from experience: I have a four year old McNab (Californian cattle dog). McNabs were bred to run for hours just to get to the cows and then herd them back all day – lasting hours and hours on end without a break or water. They are tough, very exercise-demanding and smart.

I can go on a bike ride with my dog for over 2 hours where he is sprinting the entire time. After sprinting as fast as he can go for 2 hours or more, he is sort of warmed up and panting slightly (no joke). But after a mere half hour of high-intensity training with me he is so tired he just wants to lay down right where he’s standing and sleep.

I am confident any dog, no matter how hyper, would be wiped out with this kind of training. Teach your dog some tricks (freestyle moves: active maneuvers!) like jumps, circling, weaving and train with them using these with lots of energy and keep it snappy! You can learn how to teach these moves on my DVD – find out more by clicking on this text. Stay tuned for the 2nd DVD – focusing solely on advanced maneuvers and tricks!

Here’s a video for some inspiration. Keep in mind: If my goal was to get my dog tired (or just my normal training routine) I work way faster with him and ask him to jump higher, run faster. Have fun!

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Dog Dance

My dog and I training today!

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Me and my Horse

Me and my horse, Oliver, a few years ago. When I got him he was a very flighty, spooked horse. Being able to communicate together, and from behind him, was a huge triumph for both him and me.
Zone “5″ is the area behind a horse’s tail.

I hope this video inspires you and/or gives you some ideas.

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