What are we fighting for?

It was a mistake.  I was wrong.

Not only was it a mistake, it created damage and fallout far beyond what I had intended.  While I built strong and long-lasting relationships with colleagues all over the world, I was creating division within my geographically close colleague community.

Canine Professionals and Social Media – have we missed the mark?

I have no solutions here, just a conversation I would like to have about social media and dog trainers and what our responsibility is and should be.   A good friend and skilled trainer made a post yesterday about her medically fragile and behaviorally complex long-time heart dog.  It was a quick post, she sharedContinue reading “Canine Professionals and Social Media – have we missed the mark?”

Why Excellent Trainers Don’t Pretend To Be Behaviorists

We must, as a profession, refer out early and often. There are cases that, even after 15+ years of excelling in my profession, I simply have no business seeing without the oversight of a Veterinary Behaviorist. Each and every one of us owes the general public and our own profession that honesty and courtesy. We own the public honesty about who we are and who we are not. I am not a Behaviorist. I have dedicated my life to excellence in my profession and I am very proud of who I am, which is a Certified Trainer and a Certified Behavior Consultant. I want my clients to trust, implicitly, that if I cannot help them I am both humble and educated enough to refer them to a Behaviorist who can.

And the rain comes tumbling down …

I think one of the hardest things about chronic illness is the downswing. Those days or weeks right after you’ve just had a really good spell. You spend the entire upswing waking up and reminding yourself to enjoy it. Don’t forget it’s just a spell. Remember the downswing is normal. These things are cyclical. ThoseContinue reading “And the rain comes tumbling down …”