Dogs Need Connection not Socialization

Dogs Need Connection not Socialization

For years, I’ve found myself in conflict with our claim that dogs need socialization. A dog is hungry, he needs food.A dog is thirsty, he needs water.A dog is social, he needs connection. Imagine you are at the grocery store, waiting at the checkout line. The person...
Getting Your Team on the Same Page

Getting Your Team on the Same Page

On a recent call with a member of the Canine Enrichment Academy, I was coaching a small dog daycare staff who is making huge strides in transitioning to an enrichment model of care. I shared that there is one “BIG thing” that will either crush them or pave their way...

A Tree, A Flower, A Dog

I’m returning from quite a journey, having spent the last three weeks in England – and part of it in Italy. We were there for the Christmas holiday and New Year’s. But, that’s not the journey I’m talking about. It’s the journey no person, place, or thing can...
New Beginnings Require New Doings

New Beginnings Require New Doings

Officially, 2019 is behind us. Isn’t the concept of time fascinating? It has one pace. Yet, it can make you feel like it’s going by very slowly or super fast. The speed of time seems to be largely determined by how much we have accomplished. Are we completely missing...
Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

For many in our industry, today is certainly not a “happy” holiday. With this holiday comes so much stress. Kennels full, facilities overcrowded beyond their designed occupancy, staff over-worked and exhausted, and for many dogs, this is their first experience away...
Drawing Inspiration Means Experiencing Things Differently

Drawing Inspiration Means Experiencing Things Differently

It’s always been of great importance for me to travel to developing countries where I gain tremendous inspiration from observing dogs living in their most natural way. To me, it’s like a dance between the essence and existence of living. Two weeks ago, I visited...