DIY Hand Sanitizer using Essential Oils

Apr 07, 2020

In today's Training Tuesday I share how to make your own DIY hand sanitizer with a recipe from doTERRA.

If you do not have On Guard Protective Blend, other great oil options include:

Any citrus (lemonwild orangebergamot)
clove bud
cinnamon bark

It is important to note, if you have a dog that is prone to seizures, Eucalyptus and Rosemary should be used with caution.  Some studies have shown that these oils can trigger a response in SOME people and animals, I always share this to error on the side of caution.

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Funitivity & Puppy Socialization during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar 24, 2020

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If you are a breeder or a new puppy owner (like myself) you may be worried or at least scratching your head about how to properly socialize your pups with all that is going on.  

Now anything I share here should be taken with a good measure of common sense, and depending on where you are located in the world, you should absolutely be considerate of what your local state and government is telling you.

For those that are not familiar with the puppy socialization window, this time is generally pre - 5.5 months of age.  So pending the age of your puppy, and the work you did prior to the onset of the pandemic, can also help gauge how much work you have ahead of you.

[Again, follow your state, and local rules, be smart about this.  The faster we flatten the curve, the faster life can get back to “normal” … but let’s be honest, who knows what that will look like when...

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COVID 19 and Dogs

Mar 17, 2020

As I sit here at my desk writing this, my two boys are sleeping and my husband has already gone off to work.  These are stressful times, I will be the first to admit, just like you, I worry about my family.

The good news is, I do not have to worry about my pets.  Yesterday I posted an article on social media from Dr. Karen Becker on this topic.  Today I thought I would share more.

 We are seeing what fear is doing, most of us can walk into a grocery store and see the aftermath.  If you live in an area that people are not hoarding supplies, then feel blessed for sure.  This type of behavior is causing so many more issues, but I digress...

What can you do?

#1 Wash your hands and love on your dog.  If you are stressed, they feel it.  They have no way of knowing what is going on, they just know that life is "off" right now.  I know in our home that my stress level is affecting my dogs, and not in a good way.  So for that I...

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Staying Healthy with Essential Oils

Mar 10, 2020

I am not buying into the mass hysteria that is out there, but I am a firm believer in being prepared AND staying healthy from any health threats that may come our way.  That is why we choose to use doTERRA for all critters and people in our home.

Any essential oil skeptics that needed some solid proof - shoot me a PM and I will send you some samples!! 

We have been using doTERRA On Guard products in every form in our home for years.

When I mean every form...this is what we use:

  • On Guard EO - great for diffusing and mixing with other oils.  I use this with my dogs before we travel for dog shows to kick up their systems as well as myown.

  • On Guard Softgels - feeling under the weather, time to start popping these puppies!  Can be used with dogs over 30lbs.

  • On Guard Touch - perfect to roll on the bottoms of our feet when we need an immune boost or feeling under the weather (I like to combine this with doTERRA Oregano).  Good to use topically for our dogs too.

  • On...
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Essential Oils for Dogs: 101 - Online Course

Mar 03, 2020

Today I am excited to share about our "soft launch" of the newly updated Essential Oils for Dogs 101 Online Course.

As you know, I am passionate about our dogs well being, and many of you know that this comes in multiples and essential oil use are right at the top.

My original Dogs 101 course was released just over 4 years ago (where does the time go?) and over that time, we have learned more, information has evolved, studies have been conducted, and so much more.

That is why I have done a complete overhaul on our Dogs 101 course, to ensure that I am bringing you the best education that I can.

Curious about what is included? 

Let me share..... our newest edition includes 8 modules, with over 30 lessons to include:

  • 19 primary oils safe to use with your dogs
  • Downloadable cheat sheets for each oil taught
  • How to use your oils
  • What oils to avoid
  • What oils to use with caution
  • Safety
  • Acclimation
  • Self selection
  • Bonus Lessons!


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Rattlesnake Avoidance, Is It For My Dog?

Feb 26, 2020

The weather is warming up here in So Cal, as well as many other places in the country.  Which means the snakes are starting to come back out, which does not seem like a big deal, except some snakes can be deadly for our dogs....specifically rattlesnakes.

Now, I will be the first to admit that avoidance training is on many positive trainers "hot topic" list. 

Many positive trainers adamantly oppose avoidance training as it introduces a punishment to the dog in the form of an stimulus collar.

You may have heard the term "shock collar" used before, this is really a poor choice of words IMO.  This implies that the dog is getting hit with electricity, like we would if we stuck a screwdriver in a light socket.  This is far from true.  

A stimulus collar is much like a TENS unit, used extensively in the medical world to help stimulate muscles and nerves.

It is also important to note that the muscles in a dogs neck, are much like the muscles in a human...

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Scary Noises

Feb 18, 2020

Last week I made a Facebook posted about having the Westminster Kennel Club playing in the background to help desensitize Savvy (our new puppy) to the many noises of dog shows.

These noises included clapping, echoing speakers in the buildings, dogs barking and everything in between.  This type of noise, playing in the back ground for her to hear was priceless. 

I cannot replicate these noises in training, so having a recording or watching videos can accomplish this.

Now I want you to think outside the box…this can be great for dogs that are worried about the trash truck, fireworks, vacuums.  This list goes on and on. 

Now if you are wondering where you are going to find the recordings, check out YouTube, you will be shocked at what you can find available.  If you don’t find what you are looking for, you can make your own recording and play it daily for your dog.

If your dog has a phobia, then keeping the volume low to start is key.  The...

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Rest for Success

Feb 11, 2020

Just like people, dogs and especially puppies need down time to recharge.

This may look different for every household, but it is super important to remember.  Things that we may not even notice, like the doorbell ringing, the washing machine clicking on and off, doors opening and closing, all these things can put your dog on alert.  This can be especially taxing for dogs that feel the need to protect us, dogs that are reactive, dogs that have fear issues...and the list goes on.

Or maybe you have a puppy or young dog that starts to play overly rough, or even get bitey with you or the other dogs.  THIS is the perfect time for a nap.  

Yes, just like small children, our dogs can benefit from nap time.  The older your dog gets, the more likely they are to disengage and help themselves to nap time (wouldn't that be nice for us adults too?).  Heck, Reckon is asleep at my feet now.

Our job is to provide a quiet, calm space for our dogs.  This can be...

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Then there was TWO!

Feb 04, 2020

Well two terriers that is!

Oh boy....where to start....

Chris (the hubs) and I just got back from an amazing trip to Italy, it was a whirl wind...Milano, Lake Como, Venice, then on to Pollone where we picked up the newest addition to our family, Savvy (All Jacks Dixieland) a 4 month old Russell Terrier.

I jokingly called her our souvenir, but let me tell you, she was many many many months in the making and the ENTIRE reason for our trip. 

Shout out to Monica Fonzo at All Jacks Kennel for this amazing little girl, she has already stolen our hearts and I cannot wait to see how she dazzles the confirmation rings in the future.

But now, it is time for PUPPY TRAINING!! 

Savvy has hit the ground running and we had to quickly implement some ground rules...every house needs ground rules and guess what?  All our fun and games (aka training) are being caught on camera...stay tuned for more info on our Puppy Principes Online Course.

Here are a few "must haves" that every good...

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Training For Success TT 72

Jan 28, 2020

Did you know that success is scheduled?  I don’t know about you, but to get my stuff done I make a list (oh yes…I am a box checker!).

Training our dogs should not be any different.  If we do not make the time, then training will fall between the cracks and the results are less than desirable…I can promise you that!

I know that it can be hard to fit it all in, but my advice to you is add it to your list. 

When I look at my week, I always factor in time to train and groom my dogs.  Some breeds need more maintenance than others, I just happen to have a terrier that needs to be hand stripped, if I don’t stay on top of that things go south pretty darn fast!

But back to training….the only way I get it done is to literally make time.  Now with that said it is not as hard as you may think and I highly recommend that you work training into your daily life.

Here are some suggestions for a normal day:

#1 wake up to go potty - have your...

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