Author Archives: Jamie

About Jamie

I'm just a traditionally-trained artist with interests in dog training. I currently teach classes at the local obedience training club (tricks, freestyle, and Rally-FrEe) and I also teach classes professionally for an organization who helps veterans train their own service dogs.

Do You Wanna Dance?

It’s no secret that canine freestyle is my favorite dog sport. I’ve always enjoyed the challenge, the creativity, and the uniqueness of the sport. But I think I need to be honest about it with myself: I’m really struggling to … Continue reading

Leave a comment

Doing vs. Understanding

Building on my previous post involving Kyu’s (and my) lack of direction at our most recent freestyle event, I want to talk about something I value in dog training (inside and outside of sports though I’ll mostly use dog sports … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s the Little Things

I recently entered both of my boys into a freestyle competition just for fun. Neither dog was entered competitively. Kyber is too young and inexperienced and I’ve been too busy and Kyu’s been too ill for me to have constructed … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Agility Dog

When I first learned about dog sports, I wanted to do agility. When I brought Risa home so many years ago, I wanted to do agility with her. Agility never happened for Risa and so I got Kyu with hopes … Continue reading

Posted in Agility, Dog Sports, GI Issues, IBD, Thoughts, Training | Leave a comment

Chronic

Kyu is having another IBD flare up. He went over 3 months, the longest ever since his diagnosis, without one. I changed nothing. Not his meds. Not his food. Nothing. I was terrified to change anything; afraid I’d set off … Continue reading

Posted in Decompression Walks, Dog Food, GI Issues, Hiking, Homecooked, IBD, Thoughts, Training, Veterinarian | Leave a comment