Dog Fancy Magazine Features Kevin Behan, Neil Sattin and Natural Dog Training

I always look forward to opening up the mailbox. Sure, email is great – but there’s something magical and mysterious about having physical, tangible items delivered to you from somewhere beyond. The other day was no exception, as I happened to receive the latest issue of Dog Fancy magazine (November 2011). And in the “Natural Dog” section is a feature on Natural Dog Training, including interviews with me and Kevin Behan, along with a couple people who have had some very positive experiences with NDT. (Cliff Abrams and Sang Koh).

The article is entitled “Push Away Stress” – and I think it does a great job of zeroing in on one of the central principles in how we interact with our dogs – that the key to establishing a rock-solid connection with your dog is to recognize that life for your dog, especially in a human world, creates stress. Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to give your dog ways to relax that tap into their innate mechanisms for releasing stress. By doing so, you are teaching your dog that no matter how the world makes them feel, you are uniquely capable of helping them get through it.

Neil Sattin Heeling With His Dog Nola

This might all sound a little mumbo-jumbo-y, but I’ve seen it now time and time again, how tapping into your dog’s primal circuitry changes things for the better. My DVD set (and this website, and Kevin’s books, and Lee Charles Kelley’s articles, and…) gives plenty of examples of how once you’re plugged in with your dog you can turn that relationship into enthusiastic “obedience.”

Note that the reason that I put the word “obedience” in quotes is because the concept becomes almost moot. Your dog doesn’t “obey” you – because there’s no need. What happens is that you learn how to communicate with your dog in a language that they understand. So your dog listens, and responds.

Not because they are suddenly blindly obeying you, or because you’ve become the “authority” in their lives – but because they care what you have to say. It makes sense to them. Even more, it FEELS good to act in harmony with your desires. Because now you both want the same thing.

Neil Sattin and His Dog Nola Sit-Stay

If reading the Dog Fancy article is your introduction to Natural Dog Training, welcome! I’m sure you’re intrigued to know what “pushing” is all about – as the technique was essentially the focus of the article, without any detailed instruction on how to actually do it! As you might expect, I do explain thoroughly how to do it on my DVDs – but I also provide written instruction here on my website on How to Push with Your Dog (and the follow-up – Why to Push with Your Dog).

Thank you to Dog Fancy magazine (and writer Susan Chaney) for an open-minded article about what we do. And thanks, once again, to all of you. It’s your attention, questions, and feedback (yes, keep sending emails with your stories of your success!) that help remind me why I’m doing this in the first place.

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Still Sweater Weather: 9 Pullovers I Love

Madewell Pom Pom Pullover Sweater
Still Sweater Weather: 9 Pullovers I Love
1. Blue Melange Knit Sweater   |   2. Pom Pom Pullover Sweater (also shown in top photo)  |  3. Rib Knit Sweater in Gray (on sale for $ 19.99!)  |  4. Mustard Pom Pom Hem Sweater   |  5. Oversized Scoop Neck Chunky Knit Sweater   |  6. Wrap-Front Pullover Sweater   |  7. Cotton V-Neck Sweater (on sale for $ 29.95 from $ 50!)   |  8. Beige Mohair Blend Sweater   |  9. Space Dyed Turtleneck Sweater

There is little I love more than walking into a shop in February and seeing racks fill up with spring clothing, but the reality is that it’s going to be sweater weather for at least another couple of months here in Chicago. For the first time ever, I have been living in pullover sweaters this season. I’ve always been a cardigan girl, but this winter I’ve had three pullover sweater I’ve been donning on repeat. And while I’m all about capsule wardrobes and only just a few well-loved pieces, I realized I should probably add one more sweater to my rotation this season, if for no other reason than to have to stop doing so much laundry, man. (Dear preschool parents I see at drop-off, I own more than the same two or three outfits you see me wearing constantly, I swear.) The pull-overs you see above are the ones I am currently eyeing. Number 2 (also shown in the top photo, via Madewell) is probably my favorite, but because I’m a sucker for a bargain, I think the winner is number 1…

Anybody else been wearing pull-overs like they’re your uniform this winter?

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Dog Training – It's All About the Relationship

Your dog’s behavior doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase (or seen it written here): “The dog is always right”? The reason is that dogs are simply responding to what is happening in their environment. And, specifically, how their environment makes them feel.

Whatever your dog is doing, it is ALL about the relationship that you have with your dog. And the relationship that you have with the significant people in your life. And the relationship that you have with yourself.

The obvious relationship that matters here is how you are with your dog. Are you nervous? Rigid? Harsh? Grounded? What are you communicating with your body language? What is your emotional state communicating to your pup? 99% of the time, what your dog is doing is “right” – meaning that your dog is simply taking in all of the information that you’re giving (and primarily the physical and emotional information – NOT the intellectual or conceptual information) and doing what makes the most sense to a canine under the circumstances.

Guess who else’s behavior doesn’t exist in a vacuum? YOURS! You are affected by your self-image and beliefs, and the relationships that you’re having with those around you. One of the biggest challenges that I’ve had over the past 10+ years of working with people and their dogs has been helping the PEOPLE change their habits. I would see, over and over again, how the emotional atmosphere of a person’s life – their stress at work, or in their primary relationships, or their view of themselves – was affecting how they lived their lives. Their habits. And this is important, because…

Your habits are creating your dog’s habits.

A little over 5 years ago I decided to branch out and get some training, as a coach, from the Robbins-Madanes Institute for Strategic Intervention. For me it was an opportunity to not only focus on shifting my own habits of being, but to also develop more skills at facilitating change for the humans with whom I was working. In the time since then, it has truly been an honor to not only be helping people with their dogs, but also to be helping them with the overall quality of their lives.

During that time, it became a passion of mine to work with people on improving their romantic relationships. You may notice that my original site (yes, this existed BEFORE Naturaldogblog) www.neilsattin.com has been revived. There’s a lot of great content there, and more in the works, that’s focused specifically on improving relationships. I’m also about to launch a podcast, called Relationship Alive, focused on helping you have amazing relationships (or easeful breakups – should that be the path that you choose). So stay tuned for more information on that.

In the meantime – think about it this way. Your dog is an emotional creature, picking up on everything that’s happening in the environment and responding from a place of heart – not head. What’s going on in your world? Where is the stress? Where is the tension? Where is the anger? Where is the love? Now look at your dog’s behavior, and ask yourself “how is my dog giving a voice to everything that’s happening in our world together?” I look forward to hearing what insights you uncover.

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7 Ways to Protect Your Pets in an Emergency

Here’s some good advice from some animal-loving friends Down Under, about managing risks to our pets during emergencies. With all the weather-related emergencies around the United States, and beyond, I found good information in this article in “The Conversation,” about ways to prepare for emergencies with our pets.

While the details of Australian emergency situations might differ from those in America, even in the U.S. every community has its own risks and geography and emergency services (or lack of them), which means we pet lovers should prepare to take full responsibility for the animals in our care.

Some of the best tips for taking care of your animals in an emergency:

  • Create an emergency plan for your whole household that includes pets.  Consider a range of potential emergencies: heat waves, prolonged loss of power, floods, tornadoes and fires. Consider every creature in your household, including birds and small mammals.
  • Plan to leave early. Evacuating with animals can take longer, especially when you have multiple types of animals or need to make multiple journeys. It is not safe to leave animals behind, or to leave a household member behind to take care of the animals.
  • Stay aware of emerging weather conditions and emergency warnings by tuning into the radio or television news.
  • Have an emergency kit for your animals: fill a “go bag” (or box) with items you’ll need if you need to leave in a hurry. If you have essentials (like medications) you can’t leave in a box, make a checklist and know where they are.
  • Plan where you will take your animals. Emergency services can’t help evacuate your pets or larger animals in emergency situations, and not all evacuation centers will accept them (although this is changing). The responsibility is entirely yours, so  you need to know where you’ll take your animals and how you’ll get them there. Most people rely on taking them to friends or family, but this can sometimes mean that different animals need to go to different places.
  • Plan for what will happen if you’re not at home, or can’t get back home. No one likes considering this situation, but it is often a reality. Speak to neighbors or nearby friends about what you would like them to do if you’re not home (and offer them your support if they’re away). Make sure you have contact numbers for neighbors and those who might be able to help in these situations.
  • Practice your plan. Nobody likes to embrace the possible reality of an emergency, but all professional preparedness advice recommends practicing your plan – which is particularly important with pets. It’s better to find out early that your ideal plan actually doesn’t work so you can find alternatives  and make a plan B and C. This is much easier if you aren’t in a panicked situation with the threat of imminent danger.

Remember, your animals depend on you. Plan for all the human and non-human animals in your household, and stay safe.

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Easy Rise and Shine Smoothies

Tropical Morning Smoothie Recipe

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I know I’ve talked a lot around here about my feelings on the importance of eating healthy breakfasts as the best way to start the day, but I’m going to be honest with you guys and tell you that the past month has been full of processed breakfast foods (so many food pouches) for both the kids and myself. It hurts to type that out, man, but it’s the truth. Between moving into a new house, hosting a big joint birthday party for the kids two days later, adjusting to Essley returning to school and activities after winter break, several sickness sweeping through our house, Robbie going back on the road with the band, and me returning to a normal work schedule after the holidays (phew!), I’ve been on auto pilot since the New Year with zero time or energy to focus on breakfast. However, I decided a couple of weeks ago that I needed to come up with a solution that would allow me to make delicious, wholesome breakfasts again, without wasting precious time. After playing around, I came up with this super yummy breakfast smoothie that everyone in the house adores, and that Essley affectionately named the “Rise and Shine Smoothie.” I know you and your family will love it too!

Makes 1 serving. Easy to multiply to make for your whole family.

INGREDIENTS
1 packet McCormick® Good Morning Tropical Twist Smoothie Boost
1/2 banana
3-4 strawberries
1/3-1/2 cup almond milk, soy milk, or cows milk

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for about 60 seconds. (We like ours kind of thick.) Pour into a glass and garnish with strawberries. Enjoy!

These Rise and Shine smoothies are so great because they take less than five minutes, can be taken with us if we’re running late, and can easily be changed up so no one gets bored. We have made them with frozen mangos or a whole frozen banana instead of pineapple, with plain Greek yogurt and water instead of almond milk, and with a handful of frozen blueberries added. The possibilities are endless, but the star of the show and one item we never leave out is the McCormick Good Morning Smoothie Boosts. They’re the best, truly. They contain no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners, are gluten free, and our smoothies go from ordinary to extraordinary with a boost of taste and nutrition! Blend into your favorite shake recipes for a drinkable breakfast on-the-go. Blend with juice, milk or fruit for a drinkable meal on-the-go. It’s the exact thing I needed to create wholesale, yummy breakfasts that everyone loves and that doesn’t take a lot of effort or time that we simple don’t have right now.

Mornings are fast, too fast. Between getting ready for your workday and preparing your kids for school, there isn’t much time to create the flavorful, fulfilling breakfast your family deserves. McCormick Good Morning breakfast is a break through line of products to help you do just that. If you’re like I was and feeling overwhelmed at breakfast time, I encourage you to check them out. In addition to the Smoothie Boosts, of which we’re such huge fans, they also make Good Morning Breakfast Seasonings, Good Morning Breakfast Toppers, and Good Morning Slow Cooker Breakfast Seasoning Mixes. Yum!

If you try our Rise and Shine Smoothie, I’d love to hear what you think! What are your favorite ways to create satisfying breakfasts on little time?

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What Should a Dog Eat?

What should a dog eat and how do you know if you’re giving your pet the best diet possible? There are so many different types of diets available for dogs today – dry food, canned food, raw meats, cooked meats, turkey, vegetables, and specialty blends.

The diet that you feed your dog will have an effect on its physical health, …
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Links I Love, Right Now

Shibori Pillows

Whoa guys. It’s a Links I Love post. I realized yesterday I haven’t done one of these since October. And honestly, it makes sense. I was working 60-80 hours a week in November and December, it was the holidays, we had three birthdays in this house, I went to Denver, and, oh yeah, we moved into a new house at the beginning of this month. Did I mention Robbie went back on the road earlier this month and in that time both children have had three rounds of illnesses? Yeah. (I mean hey, we’ve all been busy, right? I say more fun less busy in 2018! But that’s a whole other post…) Needless to say, I haven’t much spare time to randomly peruse the internet in search of coolness. But this week, thanks to a whole lot of insomnia, I’ve had enough middle of the night internet fun to make up for the recent lack of it. And now I’m sharing all the awesomeness I’ve discovered with you.

This incredible, inspiring woman has been dancing for 70 years. I am so inspired by her.

The design trends that will kill it in 2018. (Sign me up for the spa-like bathroom.)

I have looked at this dress from World Market 17 times this week. Someone tell me to buy it.

Speaking of pieces I can’t stop thinking about from World Market, I think I need a couple of these pillows (seen in image above), stat.

Any other The Handmaid’s Tale fans here? (I am obsessed.) Apparently season two (hurry up April 25th!) will “focus on motherhood in a whole new way.”

I found this piece, titled “The Internet Is Enabling a New Kind of Poorly Paid Hell” incredibly interesting.

I want to try this roasted acorn squash with honey immediately (mainly because Epicurious captioned it “this squash tastes like a Snuggle feels).

I love this piece on boys and body image, and how to promote healthy habits. This is something I think about for Emmett and not just Essley.

All of these rings are so, so pretty.

This couple got married 400 feet in the air. So cool.

I want every one of these gorgeous wall sconces for our new house. (I need to win the lottery first, but a girl can dream.)

What are your thoughts on this year’s Oscar nominations?

I normally post these on Fridays, but I’m taking tomorrow off for play dates, errands, and non-work necessities, so today it is. I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and weekend! See you back here Monday.

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What I’m Wearing Now: January

Casual Winter Style Staples
 1. Jacquard-knit Sweater, H&M (ON SALE for $ 14.99!)  //  2. Fan Tassel Earrings, Amazon (Only $ 7.99!)  //  3Fine Knit Sweater, H&M  //  4.  Beaded Chain Bracelet, Madewell   //  5. Silver Hoop Earrings, H&M //  6. Blush Blanket Scarf, H&M  //  7. Classic Short Boots in Chestnut, Ugg  // 8Lily Tote Diaper Bag, Newlie   //  9. Skinny Low Jeans in Black, H&M  // 10. Set of 3 Tassel Earrings, Revolia   //  11. Chuck Taylor Low Tops, Converse  //  12. Splash Gabi Sneakers, Minnetonka  (ON SALE)  //   13. Chevron Down Coat, Garnet Hill



It’s the first What I’m Wearing Now post for 2018 (aside from the full 2017 What I’m Wearing year in review I posted earlier this month), and wow, look you guys! It’s so different from December! Obviously, I’m being sarcastic. But hey, winter is winter in Chicago and whether I like it or not, my beloved spring and summer dresses and sandals are going to be pushed toward the back on my closet for several more months while I’m wearing jeans and sweaters over and over again.

In the meantime, I’m making the best of the cold weather with layers, once again over-wearing UGG Boots (never say never, friends), and living in pull-over sweaters which is honestly so unlike me. (My current favorite – this comfy black number from Target for only $ 17.99 – isn’t shown above.) These tassel earrings are going strong on the daily, too. (If you get a pair, they’re really long. One cut of the scissors and they’re the perfect length.)

We are planning to go to both Florida and Arizona over the next few months, so hopefully the upcoming months will be slightly more varied. And hey, it is Chicagoland after all – it’s always possible we’ll have a 70 degree day in there too. A summer girl can dream.


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Greenhouse, Icehouse and Snowball…the history of ice

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One antler left

Rutting has been tough on the bucks. Cold winter temperatures are pretty tough too.

The antlers are coming off. This fellow has already shed one.

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He’s survived the long deer season well. He’s got a nice big body, and next year, he will be quite nice.

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