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Emma Kesler CPDT-KA

I am one of those people who strongly believes that if you don’t try, you will never know. All of my life, I have been interested in and passionate about the bonds humans share with other creatures. I grew up very involved in dog and small animal 4-H, and since have always liked the idea of combining community and education with a shared love and respect for other animals. I am educated in academic writing and art, but I’d rather be outside! I am also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). My inspirations in life are dogs, chameleons, the late naturalist Gerald Durrell, and industrial designer / autism educator Temple Grandin. My favorite things are learning about and thinking about behavior, dog agility, beer (maybe because I grew up in Oregon?), driving my 1989 MR2, and good tv and movies.

ATCHC Shaireab’s You’re Under Arrest

Miles is a full-o’-beans Welsh Terrier, named after the musician Miles Davis. The ATCHC preface to his name is for his Agility Champion Title, and the Shaireab’s namesake is for his family of origin. Miles’ littermate brother Tommy was the #1 Welsh Terrier in all show systems for 2011, and won Best of Breed at the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club show. Miles is a very true-to-breed Welsh Terrier. He is hard-wired to chase anything that moves, he is always looking for action, and he lives life to the absolute fullest. Miles’ favorite things are chewing bully sticks, agility, any kind of training we do together, traveling, music (his favorites seem to be jazz & blues), chasing anything moving, and probably most of all, partying with friends and family. He also enjoys napping and sleeping in — but don’t let that fool you — he can be “on” in milliseconds!

🏆 Miles’ Agility Titles: ADC, AADC, SGDC, AGDC, NAP, NJP, NFP, MADC, MGDC, MJDC, MSDC, ATChC, MTRDC, Expert Standard Bronze, Expert Gamble Bronze, Expert Jumpers Bronze, Expert Snooker Bronze, MSCDC, Bronze Award of Merit, Versatility Bronze, Expert Gamble SILVER

Why a Dog Blog?

As humans, we place enormous expectations on the animals around us. Dogs especially are subject to our expectations, in their ongoing role as dedicated human companions. We’ve bred different types of dogs to fit specific roles, and for centuries, domesticated dogs were primarily meant to fulfil important human needs, such as herding, guarding, hunting, and pest-control. Historically, very few breeds were solely bred for the task of being human companions. For modern working breeds of dogs, those kind of long-term ingrained traits and training far exceed one dog’s ability to instantly interpret, understand, and fulfil what one individual person might want of them. Oftentimes people want instant results without taking the time to properly communicate with the other being involved, or to consider why the other animal might behave or react the way they do. On this blog I’d like to show that if you take the time to work with your dog, you can accomplish a great deal. The beauty of the human/canine bond lies in our differences, and those amazing intersections where those differences meet and meld into something exciting. And sometimes, sure, we human/canine teams reach standstill moments. But that is why we humans have dogs in our lives in the first place — to share the ups and downs of life with vastly different creatures. Dogs allow us to relish the sloppiness and imperfection that is life with pride and gusto. And that is why we love them.

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