Sep 162017

Growth is good, right!

It’s exciting to take on new adventures with my business. Up until recently I’ve mostly been one-on-one training with a dog and family, be it one person or mom, dad, and kids. Ok, or 2+ dogs and a family. I’ve also done group courses as well.

And recently I’ve added online training. It is exciting to be able to meet someone in their home and help them in a new way – virtually. And it is a project! The volume of tools needed for recording training and having it organized, tight and transportable and ready at all times was a task in itself.

Then all the recordings needed to be audited and edited into usable clips. That was a huge endeavor and took a loooooong time! And I learned throughout the experience how important it is to be organized so I could work effectively and efficiently.

It also necessitated reorganizing my workspace to keep that project open and available while being able to work on other aspects of the business. Many times it got the best of me. And I’m grateful for the de-cluttering and organizing services of my brother and his business. He has helped me over the years as I’ve grown to “resize” my business to be fluid and expandable.

Dog growth, of a different sort

       Dog business growing more.

Here’s a confession – I’m a paper hoarder. Paper can undo me! It mounts up in piles and piles. There are treasured resources, required receipts for taxes, articles, and records, are a portion of these stacks. Have you experienced digging through a pile to find something? And how about the pile tip overs that ruin a partially memorized pile knowing how deep to go in time and space to find that one sheet I need. Argh! And not having counter or desktop space due to piles. Keeping up with it has been a challenge.

So when I call upon Robert, he has already seen the situation and knows what is needed. In only a few hours he can magically transform disorganized, cluttered, and piles into smooth consciousness and space! Did I mention how much I love my brother? He is a miracle worker.

I mention this today because people are surprised to learn dog training involves more than a leash and that there is much more going on in the background. Smile. And I don’t want to spend time once I hit the tipping point into office chaos to modify. I wait until it’s unbearable and call in help. Now that I think about it, often that’s how client’s show up – people get to the tipping point of dog chaos before reaching out for help. Not all, but many. Is it simply human nature? What are your thoughts on this being a universal human behavior?

happlily worn out from work

                 Happily worn out from work.


Feb 182017

ATTENTION: Processed Dog Food ingredients not as stated by manufacturer.

Dog food recall Against the Grain

Dog food recall Against the Grain Pulled Beef

Dog food recall Evanger's

Dog Food Recall Evanger’s Hunk of Beef

Notice of recalls on EVANGER’S and AGAINST THE GRAIN Dog Foods.*

The FDA became involved when reports of 5 dogs became ill after eating Evanger’s dog food. One dog died.

This situation is being exposed although it is not getting much press coverage in mainstream media. It is an important for you to know, and share with others.

The owner’s of these two companies are related. They are brother and sister. They both used the same processing facility in relation to the recalled dog food products.  The investigation by the FDA is ongoing.

Key points of this case so far:

  • Evanger’s claimed the beef in its Hunk of Beef dog food product came from a USDA approved supplier.
  • The FDA reports a bill of lading from Evanger’s supplier stated “Inedible Hand Deboned Beef – For Pet Food Use Only. Not fit for Human Consumption”.
  • The supplier’s facility is not authorized as a USDA approved and does not bear a USDA inspection mark therefore not approved as human grade.

The FDA’s preliminary investigation report included:

At Evanger’s Wheeling, IL facility:

Evidence of unsanitary conditions
Inadequate refrigeration
Improper storage
Inadequate control of ambient temperature during hand-packing operations

At Evanger’s Markham, IL manufacturing location:

Avian activity

The FDA will continue to investigate to determine where the pentobarbital came from.

*Check with Evanger’s and Against the Grain sites for specific recall notices  and information on returning the dog food product. DO NOT FEED THE RECALLED DOG FOOD PRODUCTS TO YOUR DOGS,

This is not the first time Evanger’s has come under fire for their dog foods.

It is a dark time for pet food as ingredients and processing has light shined upon common pet food practices. Animal welfare individuals and groups have been talking about this for some time to educate the public to what you are feeding your dog. Want to know. Demand to know. Many people will likely get very angry.

An educated consumer is a powerful consumer. Once you know the details of many, not all, pet food manufacturing processes, you will spend your money in new ways to care for your dog.

I’ve gone human grade and make my pet’s food. I determine the quality, freshness, and ensure a balanced diet to help my pets live a healthy and long life. And my pets greatly appreciate the variety of healthy food. Their vibrant health is easy to see.

What do you feed your dog? Your other pets? Have you had experiences with pet illness due to toxic food or treats? How do you feel about the pet food industry?

(See previous posts on pet food recalls, pet treat recalldog treat recall and challenges with processed dog foods, moremore.)

Jan 042017


New year, new puppy?

Check out this video which is one module contained in a new online course which is launching shortly.

Get started off with the right toys and healthy chewing to satisfy your dog and you for years of contentment. You will help your pup decide what to choose to chew.  Hint: it’ not your kids toys, your clothing or shoes, the furniture, walls or rugs, or you.  Here are helpful training tips to ensure your dog has great chewing manners.

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