August 1st 2017 Training Log

Today is the ultra short reader’s digest version. Just the things we worked on, but no thoughts about them. It was a bit of a whirlwind day and I am behind!

  • Worked on more stationing with the treat and train while we are eating.
  • Had an awesome play session with Sei. He is sometimes returning with balls and rolled frisbees now! Whoohoo!
  • I started our homework for our Crucial Concepts class that we are taking. So far it is just me working on timing my makers and treat delivery. I still need to video a few more scenarios before editing them together.
  • Started reading our other FDSA course homework
  • Dealt with an x-pen climbing puppy for the first time! Jail break!
  • Hand touches, with food as well as using a toy to reward for the first time
  • Continuing to add a sit cue
  • Husbandry work, CC’ing a comb
  • Puppy Cuddles!

My First Post: About Us

This post is largely going to be a repeat of the ‘About Us’ section, but here goes!

IMG_1923Perrin is an intact Bernese x Golden Retriever mix who is almost three years old. He is my first dog and started me into dog training and dog sports. He currently has his Advanced trick dog title, and we are training towards his TEAM, Cyber Rally, Parkour, Master Trick Dog, Nose Work, Cyber Freestyle, Agility, Rally and Obedience titles. We (I?) really like to dabble in many things! He is also my trusty hiking partner, sanity maintainer, and best friend. He loves cuddles, being a goof, cookies, and bum scratches. He hates to swim! Perrin is truly a happy-go-lucky guy who is down for anything, as long as we do it together.

Together, we fell in love with dog sports and trick training in March 2016 and all things dog have since become my passion. Prior to that, my only goal was a well trained pet,


Photo Credit: Shaleena Jones

and I simply muddled along. We train with positive/force free/dog friendly/clicker methods (whatever term you want to use for avoiding positive punishment and pressure,  for making the dog’s emotional wellbeing paramount in all things, and working on our relationship with each other the foundation of our training) and I am working hard to learn more about behavioural science and training theory every day. I love to shape behaviours, but am not so good at putting them on cue! I learn more from Perrin all the time, and I am so happy that he is my partner on this journey. We are still just at the beginning, but I am so excited to see where life takes us!


I am starting this blog for three reasons:

  • To stop inundating my friends’ Facebook feeds with a never ending stream of dog related posts
  • To act as a training journal to track progress over time, and to provide a place to log musings and thoughts until I have more time to think about them
  • To keep me accountable for training and conditioning goals

Disclaimer: This is not a blog to tell others how to train, but rather a collection of my experiences, musings, successes and failures in my training, life and adventures with my dog.

Stylistic writing is another weakness of mine, so we will see how this whole blogging thing pans out!