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The Unsexy Hallmarks of Good Training

Posted by Jean McCord on March 6, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (1)

What makes a good trainer (and a happy dog)? In my opinion, it boils down to two vital things - mastery of the mechanics, and patience.

Fortunately, both can be developed with practice. Unfortunately, neither is ‘sexy’ so some folks who want a quick end product have a har...

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The Joy of Being Dog

Posted by Jean McCord on June 3, 2011 at 7:49 PM Comments comments (0)

I love it when my dogs wear big happy grins.

During our evening walk, a lone ruddy doe ran across the northwest corner of the meadow, ambivalently flagging the large white tail for which her kind is named....

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Posted by Jean McCord on June 3, 2011 at 9:22 AM Comments comments (0)

Once again, I have proven the (perhaps general) suspicion that I’m certifiable by, well, being certified.

On Memorial Day I fulfilled the final requirements to become a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) through the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). I actually st...

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Rites of Spring

Posted by Jean McCord on May 24, 2011 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Early one morning last week, my dreams were filled with the darting, shimmering, bright forms of hummingbirds.

About 24 hours later, I saw this year’s first hummingbird visitor at my feeder. It was the last piece of the s...

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Posted by Jean McCord on March 19, 2011 at 11:37 AM Comments comments (2)

I've been contemplating life.

Actually, I've been contemplating a life - Griffin's. And his death.

 For over 15 years I've done my best to give him a good life. Now, I owe it to him to ensure a good death.

Griffin was born June 29, 1995. He was pick puppy and his generous breeder let me have him in hopes that I could achieve some of my competition dreams. He was the first dog I titled in conformation (he finished with three majors, on...

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What's befallen

Posted by Jean McCord on November 19, 2010 at 1:26 PM Comments comments (0)

Seasons have changed, from mild early summer through July's hot draught and August's perfect summer weather. A beautiful long autumn has now faded to an often grey, but mild, November. The wild turkeys are not in evidence; I wonder why? Deer and coywolves, however, are very much so. (More on coywolves later.)

The months have been full; lots of K9 guests (mercy, August was a tad chaotic!) and many wonderful long - albeit buggy - walks through the woods with the whippets. Mid ...

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Nosey business

Posted by Jean McCord on June 27, 2010 at 10:19 PM Comments comments (0)

Does your dog have a nose for Nose Work?

The simple answer is YES!

Dogs' keenest sense is that of smell. They live in a world of scent that is beyond our imagination.  From birth, dogs use the sense of smell to explore and process the environment.  Nose Work classes offer dogs the opportunity to use this most natural means of exploration to find bits of food or very special toys hidden amongst a collection of boxes. The process is similar to that used with detection dogs...

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Dog Days

Posted by Jean McCord on June 25, 2010 at 12:07 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, summer is here. When the dogs and I set out for our walks, we are accompanied by the doppler drone of deerflies.  Water in the ponds, pools and brook has receded to the degree that the dogs are  more likely to get mud treatments than dips. Each time the abutting field is mowed, the resident garter snake population takes a hit; Tess is especially skilled at finding snake bits and rolling on them with great glee and abandon. On Thursday, she came home particularly disgusting and...

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DogFest a hit!

Posted by Jean McCord on May 24, 2010 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

DogFest was fun for all, held on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Dogs and their people came out to socialize and play; once again, the big draw was the lure coursing. We had many dogs running, and several ran more than once! Visitors also enjoyed using the agility equipment, running the Rally O course and schmoozing with all of us about the important things - belly rubs, good treats, and maintaining good health and behavioral soundness. A big thank you to Dr. Randy Cavines...

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Join us at Stow SpringFest's DogFest

Posted by Jean McCord on May 10, 2010 at 11:44 PM Comments comments (0)

FairPlay Dog Services, Family Dog Training and Dr. Randy Caviness of Integrative Animal Health Center in Bolton will present DogFest in Stow on Sunday, May 16. Events will include lure coursing (dogs chase a "bunny" aka plastic bags through a series of pullies), Rally O try-its, nose work, agility try-its, carting demos and more! Certified professional dog trainers will answer training and behavior questions; Dr. Caviness will explain the benefits of acupuncture and chiropractic for pets.

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