Category Archives: spirituality

Asking Questions

Any changes in our dog’s environment can cause the dog to “ask questions”, that is display behaviors that we’ve either not seen in quite some time, or display new ones we’ve never seen. In our case, it was my husband’s schedule change once the new school year began. John had been home all summer, all …

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Bliss

I am sitting here watching Tinker sleep. His body is stretched out with his head draped over the end of his little bed. Not a care in the world. The fact that he is sleeping is unremarkable; it’s where he is sleeping like this that is. It is almost ten P.M. Tinker’s bed is in …

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What is that Sound??

A few weeks ago I was working on my computer and a sound came to my attention. It entered my consciousness slowly, because it blended in with other familiar sounds in the environment, including the sounds of construction that come from our new neighbor’s continued progress in building their new home. In fact, I thought …

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Have You Read It?

As one who is a Dog Listener, I’m often faced with folks who freely and vigorously state their opinions about Jan Fennell’s work; what it is, the theory behind it, etc. Or at least, what they’ve heard or led to believe. I am often informed by these individuals that AmichienĀ® Bonding is based upon dominance …

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Where Are We Now?

It’s been quite some time since I last wrote about Tinker’s progress. It’s not that he hasn’t made progress; rather, each time I would be ready to write an entry, he would do something new and I thought I would write the post to include his new behavior. The changes I’ve been seeing happen on …

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Testing, Testing

The evening of my heel work session with Tinker had a twist: Tinker decided he would throw me a curve. In his previous home, Tinker would begin to bark when the woman pulled into the driveway at day’s end and would not stop until she gave him attention and food. This was a daily routine …

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Did That Just Happen?

Today I had a day jam-packed with things to get done so it left me little time to work with Tinker but honestly, sometimes less is more. I didn’t take much time to just hang out with him and practice much recall; instead, I reunited with him, called him once after our greeting, then decided …

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Heel…?

My interactions with Tinker up to this point have consisted of lots of recall practice, some practicing of the ‘down’ request (only because it was something he does naturally, so I though I would capitalize on it, but it isn’t something I would use with him outside of a very safe place), and time spent …

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Signs, Signs, Signs

People often say, “It’s the little things…” and it is so true. Little, seemingly, insignificant things that are actually big indicators of progress. Here are some wonderful signs from Tinker that add up to huge progress: Tinker now begins eating before I move to leave the room. I will place his bowl down and as …

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Leaping Forward

Daily Tinker is showing more signs of calming and confidence. Here are some highlights: When I called Tinker to greet him, food reward in hand, he trotted up and, rather than just taking the food and heading back to his crate, he chose instead to greet me first, slowly and calmly before taking his reward. …

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