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Richard Ford, My Bullseye View

I have devoted much of my time for more than a decade, dedicated to learning the behavior of my canine friends and their owners and sharing that with others either through education, or training. I have observed and studied both the behavior of people and their dogs during every day life, during training, and in particular, during the performance of trained behavior in public, or at specific events for dogs and their owners. In addition to training behavior in dogs and people, I am often asked to help deal with stress and anxiety, or fear related issues of dogs in every day life, or specifically for performance activities. More recently, I have also been consulting people with very specific health issues in their dogs and assisting them specifically in saving the life of their beloved friend.

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Jan 092016
Stevie Ray

Stevie Ray started training for Dog Agility early on with two goals in mind. Making the Canadian Agility Team, in order to attend the FCI World Dog Agility Championships and also winning the AAC Canadian Championship. This would likely require running clean for 6 rounds, 2 Standard Agility, 2 Gamblers and 2 Jumpers rounds, for all AAC Regionals and National Championship Events. In 2005 Stevie Ray had just turned 18 months before the National Championship and had only run at one agility [More…]

Sep 192015
Stevie Ray - AGMCH Runablaze Warrior Princess, CGN (2004-2015)

Stevie Ray – AGMCH Runablaze Warrior Princess, CGN (January 18, 2004- September 8, 2015) It is with the deepest sadness imaginable that I have to tell you all that Stevie Ray is gone now. Shortly after 11 AM Tuesday, September 8 2015,  I said goodbye peacefully and with all my love :'( Stevie Ray’s Gallery On Tuesday, September 1st, Stevie Ray showed up for bedtime with a swollen belly that sent shivers through me. Since then we established that there is no [More…]

Sep 192015
Dog Dylan (January 8, 2001 - March 28, 2015)

Previously posted on Rest in Peace Dog Dylan: January 8, 2001 – march 28, 2015! Dylan was a fighter! She fought for her life! She fought to be happy! And as long as she had fresh air, friends and a bowl full of great food; she was happy! People were not always in her corner, but from day one I have been in her corner! I have always cared for her, I have fought both with her and for her for [More…]

Jun 202015
Stevie Ray; Spinal Injury and the Value of Great Veterinary Care

Yesterday was what I would call a terrifying day for someone such as myself who loves their dogs, in this case Stevie Ray, as much as they love any person in their life. And this does not mean that I think of my dogs like they are people. Just to be clear; I know they are not people nor children and when I call them my kids, I am not confused by what and who they are. They are dogs and that [More…]

Mar 192015
Dog Dylan Today, March 19 2015, 4 years with IMHA!

Four years and six attacks later (diagnosed March 19, 2011), Dylan at the age of 14 is still hanging in there and loving life. I have learned a lot about treating her IMHA attacks quickly and efficiently, with the least impact on her possible. And I have learned a great deal about preventing them and what I believe is the cause of her attacks. Since January 8, 2014 Dylan has been free from medication. She has been isolated in my back yard [More…]

Sep 262014
Do we live in "The Matrix?"

So straight out, lets say I’m not happy about my toxic world! Below is a link to an article that started my day in my world of Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) and the death and destruction it causes on a great number of lives! These are my thoughts that followed on a post in a group of people with dogs suffering through IMHA. Richard Ford: I don’t believe the coincidence crap and I don’t believe the producer can say with [More…]

Jan 302014
Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia - Human Cause!

I think I make it pretty obvious how unhappy I am with our human nature to poison the Earth. Carl Sagan warned us of using pretend science to approve everything and not understanding the choices and consequences of this. ““This combustible mixture of ignorance and power, sooner or later, is going to blow up in our faces.” Carl Sagan’s last TV Interview: We allow all decisions of safety to come down to lobbies and money and the “science’ behind them without [More…]

Jan 272014
The Hardest Part of Winning is Creating a Winning Environment.

Preparation to compete and to perform at your best is not something that comes easy to most people. Creating a perfect environment internally (mentally and physically) and externally (the antecedent conditions) no matter where you are and no matter what happens before or during your performance, should be your goal and something you train and work at in order to perfect the process for those critical times where precision and perfection matter. The ability to keep your focus and your confidence no [More…]

Jan 272014
Canine Behavior and Our Expectations

I tend to be pretty precise in the behavior I look for when training my dogs. I use a high frequency reward rate, higher than anyone I know or see on a regular basis. I am always looking to shape behavior with success. When training agility obstacles, or concepts such as commitment, convergence, distance, direction, effort to get to obstacles, etc; my expectations are completely based on what I see while I am training and the actual results I get during the [More…]

Jan 262014
Canine Relationship and a Concept Called Respect!

A simple way to start this post is to say that I think those that believe alpha dominance is required for the role of being a canine guardian are completely out of touch with dogs. There is no question in my mind that the quality of the relationship and respect you show to your dog and the respect they have for you based on your past behavior and their experience with you means everything in your ability to get the most from [More…]