Training your pets; what is it?

What is training when it comes to your pet? Training your pet is a really good idea.  They don’t think the way we do and usually don’t understand what we expect of them, so we need to help them out a bit. But what IS training when it comes to your pet, exactly?  Training is […]

Horse training problems; Is it you? How can you solve them?

Horse training problems Do you have horse training problems? It happens more often than you think. I am NOT a professional horse trainer, but I do work with my horses. I know I’ve certainly had my share of problems. I’ve been out there, working with this horse or that one, trying to accomplish something. It […]

Working with horses can be so complicated. But it’s worth it.

Working with horses can be so complicated Working with horses doesn’t always go the way we expect. Sometimes, things happen that we don’t understand.  Maybe good.  Maybe bad. But they leave us scratching our heads and wondering “Why?”.  When you have something unexpected happen, you have two choices.  You can fight it and try to […]

Cat training ……….What?

Cat training can be a reality Yes, cat training. Anyone who has a cat knows that they have a different disposition than other animals.  They seem more aloof, more self sufficient somehow. In reality, they learn a bit differently than dogs and may not care quite as much about pleasing you. But they are teachable.  […]

Horse training; a trainer’s perspective. Find out more here.

What is horse training? Horse training is teaching your horse how to behave around you. It is a team effort between that horse and one or more people. If you have a horse, it’s worth making sure your horse knows what you expect from them. The should also know what they can expect from you. […]

Horse relationships; What I’ve learned

Horse relationships My horse relationships have taught me lots of life skills. I have barrel horses, as well as dogs and cats. If you have animals, you probably spend time with them. Taking care of them. Teaching them what you want them to do. Learning their idiosyncracies. Hopefully getting to know them and what they […]

Why is exercise for your horse so important?

The importance of exercise for your horse Exercise for your horse is a vital part of equine health. But how do you know if your horse is getting enough? What types of exercise do they need? How much? What if they don’t get enough? All great questions. Depending on what you read or who you […]

Dog Training Book Review; 101 Dog Tricks. Great training book!

Dog training book review; 101 Dog Tricks Why do a book review about dog training? If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new ways to improve, but you don’t have time to read every book out there. I hope my review will help you sort through the less than useful to find this very […]

Dog training from a trainer’s perspective. How to train your own dog.

Training your own dog with a trainer’s advice Dog training is very simply training a dog to behave a certain way. You can find tons of people who call themselves dog trainers, but not all of them are created equal. I talked to Lauren Miller of to get her take on this complicated subject. Here’s what […]

Positive reinforcement training; The power of using positive reinforcement

What is positive reinforcement training and why am I talking about it? I don’t call myself a trainer. Even though I have dogs, cats and horses, I am far from an expert in their training. What is reinforcement training? Reinforcement training, aka positive reinforcement training, uses the idea that a positive reinforcer given after a […]