The Birch Bark Blog

Mostly dogs and yoga,
but also yoga and dogs.

An evolving collection of essays, stories, reflections, and occasional disappointing wordplay.

New posts every other Thursday… in theory.

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  • Pause

    This isn’t my usual sort of blog post. This isn’t professional. This is true. This is not meant to be a pity-party for me, it’s to shine a light on the feeling of being overwhelmed by the needs of those we care for. I am crying at the kitchen table.   ……… 5:30am, wake up, no……

  • On Bad Walks and Love

    I had several other things that I thought I was going to write about for this week’s blog post: more stuff on ego, some really interesting stuff I’ve been thinking about on frustration vs anticipation, and then a whole thing about plateaus in reactivity work that I’m really excited about. But something got in the……

  • The Role of Ego in Dog Training (Part 2)

    As I said in my last post on this topic: ego has no role in dog training. Unfortunately, ego frequently appears, sometimes subtly and under the guise of something else; other times ego screams its presence from the rooftops. To be the best trainers, handlers, and dog parents we can be (not to mention the……