Category Archives: training

Every Time a Bell Rings, A Horse Earns a Few Bucks

Wheelzebub lives up to its name at every opportunity! They say no good deed goes unpunished.  At least, that’s how it seemed when I tried to get the van and Wheelzebub out of the driveway following the worst ice storm … Continue reading

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Tricks are for Kids

  Clifford the Wild Morgan! After the longest, hardest winter of our life, I decided to haul Cliffy downstate and get him back in shape for our tour.  He needs muscle tone and in fact, hasn’t even shed all his … Continue reading

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Indentured Service Dogs

While in Tractor Supply the other day, a girl stood behind me in the checkout line with a very nice Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.  The dog was on a leash and gave me a sort of pleading look, standing right by … Continue reading

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Talking With Dogs

As I am moving back into my role as teacher, not only through the upcoming Tricks class at Borderhauss Kennels but as a certified CATCH trainer mentor, I’m realizing how much nonverbal actions and consequences go into my daily routines.  … Continue reading

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Pigs Helping Pigs

This year, Long Island Pet Expo had a booth with potbellied pigs.  This is not unusual for a pet expo, but for some reason I got it in my head that one of them should be trick trained. My dogs … Continue reading

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A Wild Heart for Horses

Most horse people have enough empathy to find a movie set intimidating.  As much as we love horses, we all pretty much agree with Jerry Seinfeld’s assessment of the equine as, “a jittery, glassy-eyed dinosaur.”  The predatory response in horses … Continue reading

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Puppy Tricks

//www.youtube.com/get_player Most people don’t realize this, but little puppies can learn tricks faster and with more panache than adult dogs can.  There’s an early learning window lasting until a dog is about 5 months old, making their brains like little … Continue reading

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25 Ways to Raise a Great Border Collie

Terrible Til once again had a successful run in the Disc Dogs of Michigan Frisbee competition.  This one was held in Grand Blanc, Michigan and we placed third in the novice toss-and-fetch, against about 30 teams.  Til is pictured (against … Continue reading

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Talking With Dogs

Til shows off some of his prizes from a Frisbee competition. As I am moving back into my role as teacher, not only through an upcoming Tricks class at Borderhauss Kennels but as a certified CATCH trainer mentor, I’m realizing … Continue reading

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Movie Trick Horses!

Last week I hung out with Rex Peterson while he worked with the horses on the Secretariat film. Here he is with T, the horse who starred in “Dreamer” with Dakota Fanning. T currently has an abcess on his withers … Continue reading

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