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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Grief Support Group Losing a pet is a very difficult part of life for which we have no established rituals. This support group is to share our experiences around pet loss and grieving.When: August 31st at 3pm Where: Chattanooga Library Downtown Meeting Room This will be a space for us to talk about all types of grief. This can be the loss of a pet through death, behavioral euthanasia, divorce, or re-homing. This can be grief about losing cats, dogs, birds, or exotics. This can even be grief about lack of relationship with your current pets, if you are struggling...


Kajsa van Overbeek Mindset Coach

Kajsa van Overbeek Mindset Coach

  Mindset matters! Grow your emotional capacity by learning how to deal with stress and making room for feelings! Kajsa explains to us how radical acceptance of stressful situations and the feelings that they produce can bring us closer to a sense of peace and well being. Kajsa is a mindset coach who helps guardians of challenging dogs reduce stress and anxiety in their life. This episode is incredibly useful for those struggling with their feelings about having a reactive dog in their care.    Kajsa's Coaching Website: https://kajsavanoverbeek.com/ Kajsa and Rusty on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theruscattledog Ruff Around the Edges Podcast:...


Your Dog Just Wants to be Acknowledged

Your Dog Just Wants to be Acknowledged

How your energy, intention, and emotional state affect your dog... Your dog just wants to be acknowledged. For who they are as a dog. For their individual strengths, weaknesses, fears, wants, likes/dislikes, and insecurities. Your dog wants to be treated with respect, wants to be trusted, wants to be able to trust you. Trust that you see them for who they are, and that you don't expect them to stuff their feelings and just be a robot who obeys commands. I started writing this post because I used to advise people to ignore their dog when they come home, until...


What is Dog Training?

What is Dog Training?

Dog "training" is not a 6 week class and then you are done "training" your dog. Dog "training" is not a quick fix for a behavioral problem. Dog "training" is not: How do I get my dog to be obedient to me and 100% listen to his commands no matter what? Dog training is a lifelong study in RELATIONSHIP. So what can I call myself? I am not a dog trainer. I am a student of dogs. I am a student of energy, life, and the natural order of the universe. I am on a quest to become the most...


Stop Asking Your Dog to Stay Calm, Start Asking for Energy!

Stop Asking Your Dog to Stay Calm, Start Asking for Energy!

Moving Well = Feeling Well Your dog only wants to know one thing: How much energy can I move with you? When your dog's prey or play drive is aroused, they need to MOVE. When your dog's fight or flight energy is activated, they need to MOVE. When your dog feels attracted to another dog, another person, or a novel situation or environment, you need to be the magnet for their energy. Asking your dog to sit for a cookie, to "look at me," or to lay down and maintain stillness does not satisfy the internal pull they feel to...