What Comes Next

Victoria Schade Dog Life, Dog Training, Writing

Long ago I heard that a good dog trainer always knows what’s going to happen next, meaning, they’re able to predict how a dog is going to behave based on a combination of their past experiences with a variety of dogs and their body language translation skills.

This can be as simple as knowing when a busy puppy is going to pop out of a down-stay (always watch the back legs), or as major as preventing a sibling dog fight in a tense household.

I spent last week at an annual beloved puppy event – check my bio and you’ll know exactly what I’m referring to – and I used my “what comes next” skills constantly. Was a puppy running around distractedly? Potty time. Did a puppy chewing on a toy freeze when another pup came close? Potential scuffle brewing. And what about when the outgoing pup approached the wallflower pup and offered a pitch-perfect play bow? Let the games begin!

Trying to determine what happens next isn’t a magical skill – it’s actually easy to develop. All you have to do is … open your eyes. Pay attention to the little stuff. Look for patterns. Watch body language. (Actually – make sure to  learn about canine body language from a reliable source first, then watch for it!)

Once you’ve fine-tuned your abilities you’ll discover that you’re a much more effective dog handler and pet parent, and your dog will thank you for it!

As for what comes next for me … well … here’s some exciting news:

LIFE ON THE LEASH author Victoria Schade’s WHO RESCUED WHO?, in which a recently-fired Silicon Valley tech powerhouse heads to a small town in the English countryside to claim an unexpected inheritance, but when her time in Britain exposes her to new relationships, dark family secrets, and the love of an adorable pup, she learns that stray dogs aren’t the only ones who need to be rescued, to Kate Seaver at Berkley, in a two-book deal, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency