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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  • Be Your Dog’s Valentine

    Valentine’s Day is an interesting holiday that people tend to have very strong love or hate feelings about, and those feelings can change from year to year depending on the individual’s romantic life. Well, if you have a dog in your life, you will always have someone to be your valentine. Our dogs love us.… Continue reading Be Your Dog’s Valentine

  • A Really Good Dog

    Some time back, on a walk with Kit, a neighbor spotted us strolling along: Kit frequently looking up at me, making eye contact; me marking the behaviors I liked with a clicker and feeding him treats. She called out to us, “Looks like you have a really good dog, there!” I laughed and replied, “About… Continue reading A Really Good Dog

  • On Attention, Engagement, and Connection

    I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about what “attention” and “connection” mean when we’re discussing training and living with dogs.  I hear from private clients and students in group classes that they want their dogs to “pay attention” to them, but I think it’s important that we, as thoughtful and well-intentioned pet… Continue reading On Attention, Engagement, and Connection