Category Archives: Change

Bumps in the road can create better outcomes

Have you ever had that feeling of being at the end of your rope? As if all your hard work has been for nothing? I certainly have. As regular readers will know, I’ve been on a recent quest to understand … Continue reading

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The same problem can be solved in different ways

Cats have nine lives, so they say. I’m not sure how many our two-year-old orange tabby kitties, Oliver and Dodger, have already used. But they were put to the test this past week. While we were watching our friends’ energetic … Continue reading

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Establishing rules of conduct is a good idea when you have someone new on your team

Our household was turned upside down last weekend. And it had nothing to do with the 31.5” of snow that was dumped on us. The freak snow storm, dubbed Snowtober here in New Hampshire, did not have nearly the punch … Continue reading

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Pestered into action

Have you ever been pestered enough that you do something that you wouldn’t ordinarily do? That just happened to me. For the last 30 minutes while trying to work, Grace has been whining and pawing at my chair. It’s almost … Continue reading

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Vacation time offers opportunity to see the big picture of “performance”

A couple of people have asked me how Grace did while we were away on vacation. We have often left Grace with two different families, good friends who are really great with Grace, but this time was a little different. … Continue reading

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Nose-to-nose with a snapping turtle? What would you do?

I’ve never seen a baby snapping turtle before this past weekend. But I can thank Grace for the experience. My husband and I were enjoying a quiet afternoon by the small river that runs behind our property (some people call … Continue reading

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Two steps forward, one step backward

This past weekend, I continued my experiment with Grace in the car. You may recall in a recent post I talked about my success in getting her to decide to lay quietly in her bed—a decision she made on her … Continue reading

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Making progress is the important thing when you’re looking for changes

The question often comes up: “Is it possible for someone to change?” I believe it’s possible. However, it’s difficult and the circumstances surrounding it have a major impact on the success of the endeavor. First, we need to establish a … Continue reading

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Oh chute, this is easy!

I was a presenter at a workshop yesterday discussing best practices for successful hiring of employees. Before we started, I was talking with one of the attendees, wanting to know if there was a particular thing that triggered her to … Continue reading

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Is this as good as it gets?

Next weekend Grace and I will be attending a two-day class together. It’s for dogs that are fearful, aggressive or reactive. Grace can be all of them, in varying degrees. I submitted an application to have her considered as a … Continue reading

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