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.

Give Me A Break

I’m tired. I love my dogs but I’m tired. Risa had several chronic illnesses and problems. IBS, food sensitivities/allergies, IVDD, and a chronic UTI at the end. Plus her slew of behavior problems. I spent her entire life managing problems. … Continue reading

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Love/Hate Relationship

I love my dog. I love the relationship we have and I love how ridiculous he is. Kyu is a lot of fun. But I also hate that he is chronically ill. I’ve been trying to manage his IBD for … Continue reading

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Dog Training as Therapy

For me, dog training has always been a bit therapeutic. A way to challenge my skills, learn new things, and connect with my dog. A way to work my brain and learn more about how brains work in general. During … Continue reading

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New Plans

Nothing ever goes according to plan. Like most of the world, I’m on lockdown from the COVID-19 crisis. Dog training classes and trials are canceled. Parks are closed and or allowing limited access. We don’t know what’s coming next. There’s … Continue reading

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Gut Feelings

Kyu was diagnosed with IBD the end of July 2019. We were fortunate enough to become involved in a diet study featuring a new prescription diet not yet available in the United States. For an Rx kibble, it was actually … Continue reading

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