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Raising Halle

"Sunshines Strawberry Fields Forever"

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Wow! That was fun.

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (197)

I can't believe how fast puppyhood flew by.  Halle and I were on the fast track to a solid foundation that will last a lifetime. I found it challenging at times but always fun and exciting.

Looking back, I think the most important thing I taught Halle was that I can be fun!  I promised her that if you look at me, play with me, come to me, and stay with me that we will have a great time.  I incorporated games like tug,...

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Come to Me

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Halle is now 8 months old and in full blown adolescents.  It's been a whirlwind of fun and frustration. I keep reminding myself that this is as bad as it gets. Although she's not asking for a cell phone or the car keys she's likely to chew on them if I don't keep her busy with other activities.

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Girls just wanna have fun

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)


My sweet little puppy is becoming a teenager. It's not just the obvious physical changes; I am also seeing more subtle behavioral changes coming on. Most notable is the big question mark she has over her head when I say "sit".

At five months, she is entering the world of adolescense. Like a teenage human, she still has a developing brain but a body that’s nearly the size of an adult. The maturing process of the adole...

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I'm Puzzled

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Sometimes I forget that Halle isn’t a human. Raising her from a helpless seven week old puppy has brought out my mothering instincts and makes me want to treat her like a baby. Halle truly experiences a life of leisure. We provide her with shelter, healthy food, clean water, yummy treats and even a memory foam dog bed.

In contrast, Halle’s ancestors lived a totally different life sty...

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Walk this Way

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Wow! My little Halle is almost 5 months old now.  Where has the time gone?  We’ve been doing lots of socializing out and about town.   At first, I just carried my little one from place to place, but she grew like a weed and soon I had to rely on the leash as a tool to keep my puppy close by.  I see a lot of humans struggling with their on-leash dogs and using the leash as away to control the dog.  So, I asked myself what I wanted the leash to represent to H...

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Put a Nose on It

Posted on October 21, 2012 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (1)

In an earlier blog, I showed a video of how I trained Halle to target her nose to a person’s fist as a way to say “hello” politely without jumping. Hand targeting is a very useful skill for many reasons. It helps with long-distance recalls and acts as the perfect way to say “come on over here,” for casual call-overs and short distances.

Here are some great reasons to train your dog to target your hand?


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Halle's Top Ten

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s hard for me to believe, but Halle’s been a part of our family for eight weeks now. It’s been some of the most fun and rewarding weeks of my life I have put a lot of thought and effort into these first two months with Halle and now I am starting to see some of the hard work beginning to pay off. We’ve been preparing for adolescents and that time is just around the corner.

With some inte...

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Doin' the Bump!

Posted on September 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

  A few months ago, my friend Nicole introduced me to her dog Duzi for the first time.  Duzi can be a little bouncy and over active when meeting new people.  I was really impressed when Nicole told Duzi to "Go say hi".  I instinctively put my hand down for Duzi to smell a...

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The Magic Carpet

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (1)

I am sure this isn’t new to some dog trainers, but Halle has enlightened me to a whole new way of using a rug. I started out with a rubber backed memory foam bath mat...

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Train me, I'm yours

Posted on September 9, 2012 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

When I tell people that I am taking puppy classes with Halle, I often hear, “Don’t you already know how to train a dog?” The answer is “Yes!” I do know how to train a dog, however, there is so much value learning different training methods and getting feedback from trainers that I respect. Most importantly, classes expose Halle to sights and sounds outside of our home. She gets to meet new people, new puppies and new venues each week.

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Bite Me!

Posted on September 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow! I had forgotten just how sharp puppy teeth can be.   My sweet Little Miss Sunshine can go from hugs and snuggles to teeth and blood in the blink of an eye. As I watch people interact with puppies, I hear them saying,"No!" but what I see them saying is, "Bite me!". They use their hands to push their puppies away or move their hands quickly around the puppy's face. It's just too inticing for ...

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Everything my puppy needs to know she learned in Kinder Puppy

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Now that I have a puppy, I feel like the clock is ticking really fast. There’s so much to learn and so little time! Come, sit, stay…these are the things that most people think of when they think of puppy training, but because of break throughs in our understanding of dog behavior, I know that several other things are more important for puppies to learn in their early months. Halle is learning much of this in her Kinder Puppy class.

  • Bite inhibition… lea...
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It takes a village to raise a puppy

Posted on August 25, 2012 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)


By time Dave gets home from work, I have the frazzled face of a new parent who hasn't slept through the night or had a minute of "me" time all day.  It's one of the most stressful and joyous times in my life. We have a new puppy in the house and I've been running after her all day.  Keeping a watchful eye on all of her activities, feeding her, groo...

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Puppies & babies. What gives?

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

     When raising puppies, just like raising children, it’s important for the adults to agree on the principles of puppy rearing. My niece and her six month old baby,Gracie, recently came to visit. I was struck by the similarities of raising a puppy and raising a child.  Both Lauren and I were on strict feeding and napping schedules with our little ones. We each worried about what they might put in...

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Introducing Halle "Sunshine's Strawberry Fields Forever"

Posted on August 21, 2012 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

On June 17, 2012 our sweet little Halle "Sunshine's Strawberry Fields Forever" was born in Dexter, Oregon. Halle is our third "Sunshine Golden" and joins our Sunshine boy, Tucker. Halle came to live with us August 3, 2012. The adventure is just beginning. I hope you will check back frequently and read about the adventures of Halle. She is already shaping up to be quite the nose work dog. We are just beginning Kinder Puppy with hopes of some day competing in AKC and UKC Obedience. We've g...

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