Grief by You: Hard to Say Goodbye

In this series, Grief by You, I will be featuring people in my life who have experienced grief in one way or another. Some will be kept anonymous for those that prefer it. I hope to open the eyes of the readers and myself to how different people’s experiences with grief can be. If youContinue reading “Grief by You: Hard to Say Goodbye”

A Little Recall on Scotia’s Recall

Recall is a big part of Scotia’s training. It’s something we regularly practice to ensure it is never lost. Being that Scotia is so anxious, it’s super important for her to have reliable recall. She understands when I call her that I have something she likes: food. I try not to recall Scotia if IContinue reading “A Little Recall on Scotia’s Recall”

Positive Reinforcement Training

There is a lot of information out there on training tactics. There are millions of different ways of training a dog. This is simply my approach and it’s one I feel strongly about. I don’t expect you to agree, but have grace. I do not get mad at Scotia. I do not reprimand or punishContinue reading “Positive Reinforcement Training”

Gaining Confidence and Desensitization

Gaining confidence has been a massive part of my work with Scotia. To be able to work with a dog, they have to be ready to learn. To be ready to learn, they have to not be vibrating at the sound of the dishwasher or our upstairs neighbour. This was step one for Scotia andContinue reading “Gaining Confidence and Desensitization”

Grief by You: A Comfort to Each Other

In this series, Grief by You, I will be featuring people in my life who have experienced grief in one way or another. Some will be kept anonymous for those that prefer it. I hope to open the eyes of the readers and myself to how different people’s experiences with grief can be. If youContinue reading “Grief by You: A Comfort to Each Other”