My most beautiful post:
A Matter of Trust
I picked this post because I think it highlights the majority of our journey together and the most important bit of knowledge I’ve acquired working with Risa. Trust is so important in any relationship and it should be paramount in working with your dog.
My most popular post:
Blog the Change: Heroes Refuge
I cannot seem to figure out how to judge which of my posts were most-viewed by my readers, but this post had the most comments posted to it. That’s probably due to the fact that it was part of a blog stroll and was linked to a location where it was more likely to be read. That being said, I’m glad this appears to be one of my more popular posts. I feel the mission behind Heroes Refuge is one we should all support. Though I may be a bit biased. 😉
My most controversial post
I choose this one mainly because I wrote it in response to a discussion on a dog web board where the conversation was getting a bit heated. While I’m not sure my response is truly controversial, I’m sure some people would argue with me about what I said.
My most helpful post
General Thoughts and Resources about Reactivity
This is my go-to post when I want to share information, thoughts, and resources about dog reactivity. It only touches the surface on dealing with this complicated and embarrassing issue but I think it’s a pretty good jumping off point if you’re not sure what to do. Since I seem to know a lot of people who want to rehabilitate their reactive dogs, I like sharing what information I’ve found and hope it helps others be successful.
A post whose success surprised me
Focus on the Do
It’s pretty simple for most of my friends (who are my main followers) and most of them already know this. Susan Garrett also talks a lot about “Do-Land” though I hadn’t sat through one of her amazing webinars before writing this post. Yet I got some really great feedback after writing this one. 😀
A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
Potential for Disaster
This post was about my first attempt to use reactive Risa as a distraction/bait dog for working with an overly enthusiastic puppy. I have since repeated this setup 2 more times with Risa outside of the crate being worked by my mom. This was HUGE for Risa to be so calm and nonplussed about the puppy being on her turf and working with me. In the successive attempts, Risa did even better. She did start to get a bit stressed and bordered on a reactive outburst when I got the pup within 5 feet of her so I called that a success and didn’t attempt to get closer. The pup has also made amazing progress and is able to control herself much easier when around other dogs though she’s not reformed yet!
The post that I am most proud of
Mick Jagger Was Right
This one was hard to pick. There are several posts I am very proud of (some of them I picked in other categories). But, since this one also highlighted some of the general issues I’ve had with Risa over the years and how we’ve overcome them together, I thought this would be a good choice.
I guess now I’m supposed to nominate 5 other blogs to do this as well. If you’re willing to participate, I will nominate: