Cura and I have been together since 2009. We want to thank all of you who followed the early days as well as those who popped back on occasion during the long hiatus. Training was done, the days passed, and we were settling into our life together.
Fast forward: Cura is slowing down and a new member of the family is in training. On top of that, we are all busy with our new calling . . . Running the Training Department for Paws and Stripes. Join us on our journey!

Monday, October 27, 2014


Treun is full of energy and if he doesn't get his exercise he can be a pill!  Fortunately, I have managed to find many creative ways to help him burn his physical and mental energy because some days, traditional methods of dog exercise are just not an option.

One of my favorites is hiding things for him to find.  This is a variation on Canine Nose Work -- a newish dog sport that is becoming very popular.  What we do is not nearly as elaborate or as skilled, but it is something that Treun loves to do.  It helps him learn to problem solve, burns energy, and can be done with little to no exertion on my part.  There are lots of variations that I have been shown and I am able to develop the game to provide a constant challenge for Treun but taking my own limitations into account.

Another thing that he loves is having some serious doggie play time!  Fortunately, because I work with dogs for a living, he has plenty of opportunities to enjoy the company of other pups.  He has a great time playing chase or exploring a new smell.  I am seeing that he is getting a bit more selective about his playmates.  He has his favorites while with others he limits his interactions.  He still gets along well with most dogs, but not everyone is his best friend anymore.  Maybe he is growing up a bit!