Category Archives: illumination

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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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 Amichien┬« Bonding is based upon dominance …

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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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Eight Weeks

I realized the other day that Tinker has now been with us for eight weeks. The time has flown quickly and although Tinker hasn’t made huge leaps recently, his progress continues to be steady, albeit in small increments. I have noticed he is out of his crate as soon as I place his food bowl …

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Tinker Makes a Decision

My last posting, which I wrote a little over a week ago, spoke to Tinker taking some steps back, something that is quite normal and to be expected. I had, at that time, suspected that I should hunker down and wait for a good week or perhaps two for any kind of forward movement to …

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Unwrapping a gift

Tinker’s progress has slowed a bit, which is predictable. Often when Amichien Bonding is begun nice, steady progress is made and then things can seem to either slow, stop or even appear to go backward in the dog’s behavior. This is part of the learning process and when AB is kept tight and consistent it …

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Blessed Sleep

Tonight, as my husband and two dogs left the TV room and walked past Tinker’s room, I stopped for a few moments, because something about him was different, and I wasn’t sure what it was. Then, as I watched him, I realized what it was: Tinker was soundly, deeply asleep. Usually he is curled up …

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Aaaannd There It Is

I have been waiting to see how many of his old behaviors Tinker would pull out and use. I had written before about his penchant for bringing his feces into his bed, as well as placing them about his previous home, especially when the wife, with whom he really had quite an attachment, would just …

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Keeping the Conversation Going

Staying mindful of the importance of not pressuring Tinker into interaction and keeping the pace he sets, I have been inviting interaction in the mornings only thus far. We have been having a lovely conversation and if I push him too hard, or get too excited and begin to behave in a manner he could …

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The Little Man is Showing His Hand

This morning went very well with Tinker; no grumbling at all and while I was changing his pee pads and was mere inches from him, he commenced grooming. All good things, so I thought I would try calling him to me once again today to see what he would do. The little man had a …

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