Tag: dog training

Enzo Calls My Bluff

When Enzo’s former puppy class teacher Dee Ganley, offered up a formal, 6-week Canine Good Citizen Class, I decided we’d enroll.  I had no delusions that he would pass– I wanted the exposure for my sweet, goofy boy who tends to get anxious and can become stressed when encountering new places and situations. He is my work in progress; I wanted to continue to build on his strengths while supporting his weaknesses in a safe venue.

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Hunting with Enzo

Enzo was having a ball in Puppy Kindergarten and doing a fine job with basic obedience.  My next step had originally been to start tracking with him; however, February in New Hampshire doesn’t provide the optimal conditions in which to introduce a puppy to the sport.  Was there something else?  I went online to Fenzi Dog Sport Academy to peruse their courses…. Gun Dog Foundations?!  The Spinone Italiano just happens to be classified as a versatile hunting dog!  Do I hunt?  No, why do you ask?

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Rose is my Muse

Rose: a small, deaf Pit Bull; the force behind where I now find myself

Muse:  a person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist

I have attempted many times to write the story of a little white dog who changed the course of my life.  But then I would stop because it still hurts. The journey was profound, filled with love and heartache, and so many mistakes. However, I believe it has made me a better, kinder, and more understanding person.  I know it was the reason I became a certified, professional dog trainer.  Rose, this is for you, with love.

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Crossing Over: from Dog Owner to Dog Trainer

I had every intention of telling this story first.  But each time I tried to write it, I discovered that it’s impossible to honestly and carefully condense almost two and half years of angst into a sweet, simple blog post.  This story is important.  This dog changed my life.  I’d like you to meet my sweet Rose Marie and tell you how I traveled the road from dog owner to dog trainer. Continue reading “Crossing Over: from Dog Owner to Dog Trainer”