Dear readers. I owe you an apology. I was supposed to be blogging about Brody's IPO and Maple's TPLO recovery and covering all of the new IGP rule changes. Instead, I dropped off the face of the earth. And for that, I apologize. The last month or so has been one thing after another after … Continue reading Where the &*%$ Have You Been?
The Injury In addition to my own two dogs, I periodically foster for the west coast Malinois rescue, Woof Project Rescue. Last Saturday, I was to pick up my newest rescue, Maple, from the transport company that had brought her north from California. Maple had been living in a county animal shelter for three months, … Continue reading Maple’s TPLO Recovery – Day One
So I didn't recap last week because it all kind of went to hell in a handbasket on Saturday. Allow me to explain. If you'll remember from the previous Weekly Recap, Brody was to sit out bitework for 10 days while his gums healed up from a minor infection. So we didn't do much of … Continue reading Where are We Going and Why Am I in This Handbasket???
Welcome back, Newbies! It's been awhile, but as a relative newbie myself, I sometimes run out of relevant information to impart... Today, though, I wanted to address common myths and misconceptions that newbies might have about IPO. This will be far from an exhaustive list (honestly, this could probably become its own series), but I'll … Continue reading Being an IPO Newbie – Part 13 – Myths and Misconceptions
So this morning, I was browsing Reddit (I know, for my own sanity, I should really stop), and I came across this: “It’s fine to crate a puppy for 20 hours a day. They’re den animals.” And I just... Which reminded me of the time that I joined a bunch of Malinois dedicated groups on … Continue reading Sunday Internet Regrets
I'm a little late with the recap, but I was so exhausted from the weekend that I did very little in the way of being productive yesterday. I took Brody to group obedience - that was it for productive. So. Last week. The big focus for last week was on tracking. I'm slowly figuring … Continue reading Weekly Recap – “They do Schutzhund.”
I spend a lot of time online. I'm a Millennial (whatever that means) - I basically live online. I socialize online. I get my news online. I even work online. And if I'm online, chances are, I'm also on Facebook. See where this is going, yet? Of course you do, you smart cookie, you. Now … Continue reading Newbie’s Perspective – We Need to Talk…
Welcome back, newbies! No more snark this week - instead we're going to talk about how to go about selecting your first trial. Now, if your club hosts trials, of course you're going to want to trial at home for your first time. The ability to do so gives you a HUGE advantage over traveling … Continue reading Being an IPO Newbie – Part 11 – Choosing Your First Trial
Last week was actually a fairly light training schedule for Brody and I. Monday - Group Obedience and social walk Wednesday - OB and Protection lesson with my training partners. Brody and I skipped group obedience class in the afternoon because he was exhausted from the morning training sessions. Saturday - Club. And obviously, our … Continue reading Weekly Recap – Remember What’s Important
Happy Tuesday, Newbies! Today I want to take a break from the serious and talk about all of the annoying shit that you are probably doing that is driving everyone around you up a wall. All in good fun, of course, but really though - stop doing these things. To be clear, I, too, am … Continue reading Being an IPO Newbie – Part Ten – Things You’re Doing to Annoy Everyone