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.

May 032013
 
Immunity and IMHA - Just another normal?

Let’s start with an assumption, mother nature never designed the immune system to protect us from chemicals or even to work under these toxic conditions. This has occurred over just the last 50 years or so and this can hardly be called a normal time line for the adaptation of the immune system. Rather than calling Dylan’s immune response abnormal, I am calling it normal and it is the toxic man made chemicals on the ground and in the air that are [More…]

Apr 272013
 

So it is now a forth attack of Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia or as it is also referred to as, Canine Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia. Dylan started peeing red yesterday and I put her back on prednisone immediately. I am fairly certain it is lawn care herbicide (weed killer) that many use on their lawns. It is illegal here, but products are all sold and the municipal illegality is not noted at point of sale. I began suspecting these toxins due to the timing, [More…]

Mar 302013
 
Rehabilitation of a Serious Canine MCL Injury!

Recovery from a serious soft tissue injury, such as a ligament tear/strain, or maybe a meniscus tear can be a long process, but in some cases using rest and slow rehabilitation without surgical intervention is much better than the surgical alternative. Recently a study in people demonstrated the long term process can be better in fact than using a surgical procedure. In some cases it is easy to get through a minor injury, but on the other hand there is a lot [More…]

Feb 112013
 
Wanna Play? Play Fighting is Constant Communication

Wanna Play? Poke, poke, poke! Stevie Ray being prodded into play fighting with her pup Joey. So cool to watch him as he pokes her pretty hard with his nose, attempting to goad her into a game. Down he goes immediately to his back, tail wagging an scratching it as he wiggles about exposing his neck and chest to Stevie Ray. He is so gentle with her, giving her absolute control. He even knows he needs to be gentle and is far [More…]

Feb 112013
 
Fighting For Dylan - Surviving Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia / Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia 2013

Feb 11/2012 Last update on this fight for Dylan’s life. I do believe she has used up a couple more lives in this battle. At first I was not sure she would survive the anemia, then the frantic reductions in prednisone to save her from paralysis. I did way too much planning on ending her life, including arranging a last vet visit. I hope this is the last I will see of this ugly disease. It really takes a lot out of [More…]

Dec 192012
 
All I want for Christmas is Dylan (2012)

Recently I have been trying to get back into writing more often and although a friend once said I might be writing too much about Dylan and her fight with Canine Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (also referred to as Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia); this has been the only important thing going on in my life over the last 3 days. Most people can only imagine what it is like and quite frankly, without the experience of having been through it, the imagination cannot [More…]

Apr 212012
 
Calming Jimmi Part 2: Why Calm Reassurance and Support are Critical Skills for Canine Guardians

The value of being able to calm my anxious dog Jimmi, was far more important last Saturday than it was a few weeks ago during our dog agility trial in Kelowna. That was a voluntary exposure to stress; at least it was my choice to put that pressure on her and a very good reason to know the result of that pressure and to help her deal with it as part of my responsibility. In this case; however, it seems she had [More…]

Apr 102012
 
Bullseye Performance - Calming Jimmi

After 2 days in a strange city, living in a strange house and playing in a strange yard with all kinds of wonderful new farm animals to see and also playing agility in a new barn on equipment she has never seen led Jimmi to be a tad excited on day 2 of our first CKC trial (2nd trial in total).  Jimmi was vibrating; literally shaking with excitement when I took her out for our last run of a 2-day trial weekend. [More…]

Mar 232012
 
Big Hugs and Positive Karma for Muay: Fight on Great Soldier

I hate writing about life and death of dogs, but once again this subject is occupying all my thoughts as my friends John & Lisa struggle with the recent diagnosis of inoperable liver cancer in their beautiful Pit Bull rescue, Muay Tai. This is basically the same kind of cancer that likely killed my first dog Jagger. Getting this news this morning is especially hard as it is 1 year to the moment that my oldest dog, Dog Dylan, lay on my [More…]

Mar 222012
 
Dealing with Ring Stress in Dog Agility for Bullseye Performance

One of the most common problems I see with all dogs in general and certainly many who compete in dog sports is the lack of skills to deal with stress and the lack of ability in people to recognize and understand their dog’s reaction to stress. I am not sure if they have ever thought about what it is like for their dogs going from a practice with familiar dogs and familiar faces and zero traffic to a dog agility trial. I [More…]