Puppy Preschool Experience

Let me tell you about our puppy preschool experience… It was okay. I had originally signed Penny up for an AMAZING puppy preschool in Tacoma named Canyon Crest. I was so excited about her going to this puppy school because the reviews were gleaming! Even though it was 30 miles from our house, my ambitious self was like heck yeah totally worth the drive!! Granted, this was before we had even brought Penny home.  Long story short, driving 2 plus hours one way to a 60-minute puppy class became vividly unrealistic, fast! Sadly we ended up switching to a puppy class closer to our home.

The puppy preschool that Penny attended was a 6 weeklong class at Cascade Kennels. First off, they are 100% against puppy socialization, whereas Canyon Crest is 100% in favor of puppy socialization. I am 100% in favor or puppy socialization. The only puppy preschool near our house that I could find that was on the weekend was Cascade Kennels, hence why we ended up there. There was another great one that was in Seattle that we had looked into and that was recommended by Canyon Crest, but unfortunately they were not having anymore classes until January 2018. For Penny that was too late for her to start puppy classes at 5 months of age.  Here I will share with you what was taught in her classes and what we found to be the most helpful with Penny’s puppy training.

Here is what the instructor taught us during the 6-week long hour classes:

Week 1

Name game: How to teach your puppy their name and to acknowledge you when you call them by name.

Collar grab: When you grab your puppy’s collar and feed them a treat so they don’t associate you grabbing their collar being negative experience.

Handling: When you touch your puppy allover including their feet, belly, booty, tail, and ears inside and out. The point of this exercise is to help them for late when the veterinarian or a groomer is handling them that they won’t be bothered.

Week 2

Offered attention: This exercise is where you get your dog to focus on you in a new environment and then reward them for giving you eye contact with a treat. The eye contact can be brief. Repeat until you have gone through 5-7 treats and then move on to a new location and repeat.

Impulse Control: This exercise teaches your dog to not steal items from you. You’ll hold your hand flat with several small treats and show them to your dog. Once your dog tries to steal them, close your hand. Repeat until they resist stealing the treat. Once they have learned to wait, give them the go ahead to eat the treat to reward the pup for their patience.

Sit: To teach your dog to sit hold a treat above their head. If they jump up, remove the treat immediately. Continue this exercise until your puppy sits and refrains from jumping up at the treat. Give them the treat once they sit. When your puppy does something positive tell them “yes!!” This reaffirms them that what they did is correct.

Down: When you first start to teach your dog down try sitting or getting down on your knees. Without saying anything hold a treat in front of your dogs nose and bring the treat down to the floor while saying “down”. Once your puppy has this down then remove the treat from your hand that you are using to signal down and place in the other hand. Now, once your puppy does a down, reward them with the opposite hand than the one giving the signal.

Week 3

Hand touch: A hand touch is practical for preparing your dog for future tricks/touching other thing’s like turning on a light switch, when greeting people by touching their nose to their hand instead of jumping on them, or even used to get your dog to comeback to you. To do this you will want to hold a larger sized treat between your fingers on the hand that you want your dog to touch with their nose. In the other hand you will hold a small treat, this hand is the hand that you will reward your dog with. The large treat is never given to the dog, but used as a lure. Tell your puppy “touch” and look at the hand with the large treat in it. Once your dog touches your hand with the large piece of food in it immediately say “yes!!” and reward the puppy with a treat with the opposite hand. Once your dog has got the hang of it, switch up which hand you want them to target and hold your hands in different areas moving your hand up/ down in a different location. Do not feed your dog from the hand that your dog touched. Keep it opposite to avoid distraction.

Four paws on the floor: Teaches your dog to appropriately greet people. Have one person hold the dog on the leash and the other person is the greeter. The person holding the leash will be the one to reward the puppy with a treat. Have the greeter walk towards your puppy, when the puppy does inappropriate behavior such as jump up immediately have the greeter turn around and walk away. Wait until the puppy is calm and try again. Repeat until the puppy is calm and you are able to get close enough to them to give them a treat and reward the puppy for good behavior and no jumping.


Week 4

Follow me: This exercise is the beginning steps of teaching your puppy to comeback to you when you call them. With 5-7 small treats ready in your hand and toss a treat behind your puppy to divert their attention from you. When you puppy has almost finished their treat, start to walk backwards while calling their name in an excited manner. Once your puppy comes to you reward them with the 5-7 small treats and petting them all over. The reward should last about 30 seconds. Repeat twice and then end the training session.

Stationary attention: Works to get your dog to pay attention to you while being at your side is the first step to reliable loose leash walking. Choose the side of which you prefer to keep your puppy on while walking. With the hand that is not holding the leash place a small handful of treats. Ask your dog to sit, then hold a small treat in front of your dogs nose and then bring the treat to your forehead. This will get your dog to make eye contact with you. When they are looking at you, they are listening. Repeat this while walking until the treats are gone. Now that your puppy has learned to sit and look at you while on their leash you can attempt walking. Practicing with 1 step at a time and reward your puppy with a small treat when they are walking without pulling. Continue this until you can work your way up to multiple steps at a time. The goal is to be able to go 20 plus steps without your puppy pulling.

Introducing your puppy to new things or people: It is important not to force your puppy into meeting new people or things. You want your puppy to approach things on their own and in on their watch. We want new things to be exciting and fun, not scary.

Week 5

Boomerang Recall

This is great to practice indoors without a leash or outdoors with a long leash to increase the distractions. You’ll practice getting your puppy to come to you when they are off distracted by something else. Once your puppy is distracted with something else or you can throw a treat away from you. Once they are away from you, loudly call their name in an upbeat manner followed by the words “come”. When your dog comes to you, you want to give them 5-6 little treats and praise them with pets and lots of love.

Penalty Yards

Now that we have taught our puppies where to walk by using the One Step exercise, it’s time to teach them not to pull while on a leash.  This exercise teaches your dog that pulling is not an option, even if it is something that they really want.  When first teaching this exercise, we want to practice this inside.  It is much easier to control the environment so that your dog can be successful!

Step One:

Make sure that your dog is on your preferred No Pull equipment. You can also do this exercise on a flat collar, but it will allow the dog to pull you more effectively.  You also want to have plenty of soft treats ready and/or a toy that your dog loves.

Step Two:

Get a treat or your toy ready and allow your dog to see you toss the reward or place it on the floor and then walk away about 15 feet away from your “bait.”

Step Three:

Once your dog looks at you, begin walking towards the toy or food on the floor.  If your dog pulls or creates any tension on the leash at all, immediately start walking backwards away from the “bait.” Every step that you take in the direction that your dog is pulling you is reinforcing the pulling! When your dog is back at your side and the leash is loose you can then begin walking forward again.

Step Four:

You will continue Step three until your dog is able to walk all the way up to the food on the floor without pulling.  They can then have the treat or play with the toy.  When you are ready, set up your food or toy and repeat the exercise.

Step Five:

When your dog has mastered this skill inside, it’s time to take it on the road!  Practice Penalty Yards outside when you are on your walk with your dog.  You do not need to have bait set up to make your dog want to pull when outdoors, so look for opportunities to practice.  The world is full of squirrels, birds, fire hydrants, trees, people, and all types of thing that your dog may want to investigate enough to pull.  Just like when we were doing the exercise inside, if your dog pulls or creates any tension on the leash at all, immediately begin walking backwards away from the distraction.  When your dog is back at your side you can resume walking forwards.  Once you are able to walk all the way up to the distraction without pulling, you can reward your dog by allowing them to sniff the bush, say hello to the person, etc.  If it is something you might not want your dog to be interacting with, reward with a treat from your pocket.

Week 6:There was no real lesson taught at the last class. All the dogs ran around without their owners and the owners were supposed to just watch their dog and if their dog was overwhelming another dog then you were supposed to intervene. This was super confusing because in the beginning the instructor was very adamant that puppy socialization was not useful.

Overall Cascade Kennels did teach us and Penny some good stuff. The biggest lessons we learned were the importance of desensitizing her with different sounds that she may not get the chance to experience while she is still a puppy. Examples: Fireworks, doorbells, traffic, etc. We also learned that when your puppy steals something that they shouldn’t have, that it’s better to trade them with something of a higher value to them like a treat or a favorite toy instead of scolding them. This will prevent them from stealing stuff and hiding from you while they destroy it. “Win Win Win!”-Michael Scott.

The cons to the puppy class experience. Penny had zero clue what to do with other dogs. Yeah, she has met several dog’s while out on walks but lets be real, its not like every dog owner is like oh hey its a puppy!!! Lets stop and help them with their social skills and meet my dog.. If only it were that easy. Sometimes peoples responses are just absurd and you can’t expect other people to help you in this area. Although I would’ve thought that a puppy preschool would’ve, but thats just me.

Another con to the preschool was that the direction given during the classes was confusing. It felt like you would do what the instructor explained to you and then you would be told that your doing it wrong or not to be a helicopter parent. I feel that everyone who enrolls their puppy in a preschool wants the best for their dog. Its hard not to be a helicopter parent when your told over and over not to let your puppy greet other puppies in class and then the last class is all the puppies running around in a chaotic manner.

Like everything there is good and bad. You have to decide for yourself if the good outweighs the bad.


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Penny’s 1st Christmas

I love Christmas! It’s a very special time of year that I always look forward too. Spending time with friends and family and getting to enjoy the festivities.

Our Christmas Eve was going great! We took our furry baby girl, Penny to a puppy play social hour at Petco, which is a great time for her to meet other puppies and learn how to play well with  then in a controlled environment. Little did we know that shortly after her fun day she would become ill. We were around friends and family that day and thought maybe she was just feeling more tired out than usual due to meeting new faces. This has been the case in the past with her meeting new people, but not this time…

Early Christmas morning we were awakened to Penny throwing up. Cleaned her up and she went back to bed. Not even 2 hours later she threw up again. Caught off guard by her not feeling 100% we monitored her even more closely than usual that day. The vomiting continued to happen throughout the day and she couldn’t keep anything down, not even water. The rest of the day we snuggled and snuggled some more. I had called the emergency vet and asked them what we should do. They recommended continue monitoring her, but if she can’t keep any fluids down she will suffer from dehydration. At that point the poor girl had thrown up more than a dozen times. That was enough, we headed to the emergency vet and there they recommended x-rays to make sure she didn’t swallow a foreign object. I didn’t think that she had because we watch her like a hawk when she’s roaming, but puppies do put everything in their mouth so we chose to do the x-rays. It was so hard to watch her feeling so awful and continuously vomiting and on a white Christmas of all day’s!

While we anxiously awaited the results of the x-rays, the doctor returned and wouldn’t answer us directly if she had an obstruction present. I was like come on I just want to know she’s okay… But he continued to review her x-rays with us and explained what we were looking at and that she had feces present in her still, which was a good sign he said. One thing they often look for is a build up of gas in their stomach. With excess gas present in her stomach he was explaining that it could result in something causing a bulge in one of her intestines. Although she did have gas built up, he said it was not an alarming amount at this time. So that was good, but x-rays still don’t really give you that much information. The vet explained that even if there was an object in her stomach that we may not even be able to see it.

At this point he did not feel that she had an obstruction and recommended to start her with an anti-nausea shot, antacid shot, and injecting her around her neck with a saline and electrolyte solution. The technique that they used to inject her with the fluids is like an on the go IV. It’s nice because they don’t have to keep your fur baby overnight and the saline will gradually get into her system without having to go through her stomach, just like an IV.

The Veterinarians prescription for us was to start with giving her a small amount of water in the morning and if she can keep that down, then to slowly increase it. If she tolerates that well, then we can start slowly feeding her small amounts of bland food. He recommended plain chicken, rice, or cottage cheese. So far she has been drinking water and eating some chicken without any problems. PTL she is feeling better!!! This was so scary and so hard to watch her go through. Thanks for everyone who said a prayer for her!

Here she is this evening. She brought her tooth brush to us and we brushed her teeth. lol she is hilarious and likes to brush her teeth, I love it! Definitely related to me:)



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The “Real Dill” Bacon Chicken Salad

This recipe does require a bit longer cooking time, but you have different options to speed it up if necessary. For instance, the bacon can be cooked in the microwave sandwiched between paper towels for 3 1/2 minutes. Also, the chicken can be cooked using a crock pot. This method will require 4 hours of cooking time, but less monitoring:)

The mayo that I used in this recipe is called Chosen Foods and is from Costco for $7.99. Its made from Avocado oil and not canola. You can of course make your own paleo mayo, but this is just too easy to pass up and it tastes great! I highly recommend keeping some on hand. It can also be found on Amazon if Costco isn’t convenient for you.

Prep time: 20 minutes   Cooking time: 35 minutes.   Yields: 7 cups


  • 4 Large chicken breast (about 5 1/2 cups of cubed chicken)
  • Fresh dill
  • 9 Slices of bacon
  • 3/4 c. Avocado mayonnaise
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/2 t. Granulated garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. Granulated onion powder
  • 3 T. Dehydrated chopped onion
  • 1/2 t. Salt
  • 1/4 t. Black pepper


  1. Bake chicken in oven for 18 minutes at 400 degrees. Or you can cook in in the crock pot on low for 4 hours with a 1/2 inch of a liquid of your choice. Let the chicken cool if you plan on cubing it, or if you choose to reduce your prep time by 5-6 minutes, place the warm chicken breasts in your kitchen aid mixing bowl with the paddle attachment on a low speed and let it shred the chicken for you! So simple and one of my favorite ways to prep chicken for a variety of recipes!
  2. Place bacon on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet and bake for 15-17 minutes, depending how crispy you like it.
  3. Chop celery, fresh dill, and bacon.
  4. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, dehydrated onion, garlic power, onion powder, salt, black pepper, fresh dill, bacon, and celery.
  5. Once your chicken has fully cooled, then you can add it to your sauce.


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Fingerling Potatoes

These can be added as a side to any meal really. I used them as a base for my grass-fed taco meat and then topped it with my 7 minute guacamole. BOMB! There is just something about carbs, they’re so good!

Prep time: 7 minutes.   Cooking time: 22 minutes.


  • 1 lb Fingerling potatoes
  • 1 1/2 t. Granulated onion powder
  • 1/2 t. Granulated garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. Salt
  • 2 T. Ghee


  1. Wash potatoes and slice in half long ways.
  2. Place potatoes in a zip-lock bag along with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, ghee, and shake.
  3. Place potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or whatever you prefer) with the skin side up.
  4. Bake for 22 minutes or until golden brown.



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7 minute Heavenly Guacamole

I LOVE guacamole. I can eat it by the spoonful! I have been making this recipe for quite sometime now and finally wrote it out so I can share it! It’s worth the 7 minutes of your life to make this, instead of a eating a store bought guacamole that only tastes decent… DIY and go for Legit Guac!!


Prep time: 7 minutes.


  • 3 Large Avocado’s
  • 1 1/1 T. Dehydrated Onion Powder
  • 1/2 t. Cumin
  • 2 t. Lime Juice
  • 1/2 t. Salt


  1. Cut avocado’s into halves, remove the pit, and scoop it out into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add Dehydrated onion, cumin, lime juice, and salt.
  3. Smash with a fork and then stir rapidly with the fork. This will result in slightly chunky guacamole.
  4. Enjoy with bell peppers, on top of taco meat, or with a spoon!




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Ham N’ Onion Egg Cupcake

Shout out time!!! Happy birthday, Kelley!!! Thankful for our crazy, food obsessed, crazy water drinking , crossfitty friendship!! I love your bold perspective on life and how we don’t let each other get away with crap! <3 Hope today you feel extra loved, cause you’re one amazing person!

I love recipes that I can make ahead of time! I am all about the meal prepping at the beginning of the week, so that during the work week we stay on track with eating healthy meals. So here is one of my go to breakfast recipes that does great made ahead for the week.

Here are the ingredients! These pasture raised eggs are at Costco for $4.99! Such a good deal for pasture raised eggs. You can tell that they genuinely are pasture raised because of the rich orange color of the yoke. The ghee is the homemade ghee recipe off the blog and the remaining ingredients can be found at Trader Joe’s. The ghee gives the onions a delicious added flavor. Fun fact I cannot cut onions. I am usually okay with green onions and leeks, but even then there are sometimes where those get me. If I do cut regular onions I will be laying in bed all night with tears streaming down my face!! It’s horrid. So, I am one of those people who buy the pre-diced onions and I don’t care who knows!!:)


Prep time: 12 minutes.   Cooking time: 15 minutes.   Yields: 8 Egg cupcakes


  • 8 Eggs
  • 8 Slices of Uncured Ham
  • 3/4 c. Diced onions
  • 1 T. Ghee
  • Coconut oil spray


  1. In a small sauté pan melt the ghee and then add the onions. Cooking for 8 minutes or as desired.
  2. Grease the muffin pan or silicon cups with coconut oil spray.
  3. Place one whole slice on ham in each muffin cup, add sautéed onions, and crack one egg on top. Repeat for all 8 muffin cups.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 13-15 minutes, depending on how well you like your eggs cooked.



Breakfast is served!




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Ghee aka liquid gold is a delicious cooking fat that is great for high heat cooking temperatures up to 400 degrees. I like to use Kerrygold grass-fed butter. I love the richness that ghee adds to my foods, especially when frying eggs. Mmmm! I purchased 1.5lbs of Kerrygold grass-fed butter at Costco for $7.99. For reference, I generally find most of my ingredients at Trader Joe’s and Costco.


Prep time:   1 minute.   Cooking time:   25-30 minutes.   Yields: 2 1/3 cups.


  • 1.5lbs Grass-fed butter
  • Cheesecloth (strainer can be used instead if you don’t have cheesecloth)


  1. place butter in pan on almost medium heat for 22-24 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Place the cheesecloth over the opening of a mason jar or a glass container with a somewhat small opening. Hold the cheesecloth in place with a rubber band or hair tie like I used.
  3. Carefully scoop the hot ghee mixture onto the cheesecloth using a measuring cup so it can strain out the dairy that you cooked off.
  4. If you are left with some dairy “foam” on top of your golden ghee, you can either strain it a second time with cheesecloth or scoop the remaining dairy off with a spoon. I like the spoon method personally. Its easier and then I don’t have to risk the chances of getting hot ghee on me.
  5. Place in a glass mason jar with lid. The ghee will turn into a solid and can be used in place of all cooking fats.

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Spicy ginger beef

First off! Shout out to my bestie Bristin who turns 30 today!! Happy birthday!!! So thankful for you! Love you girl!!

This was my first time cooking with shaved beef and it really also made me want to make pho! I like making dishes I’ve never made before. Also something to keep in mind with this recipe is to make it your own by changing up the vegetables in it or if you’re  like me and love garlic, then maybe that means doubling it to 6 cloves! #Dragonbreath I do love me some stanky garlic! Especially garlic fries!! Okay yet another recipe I will need to make.

*TIP: With this recipe you’ll want to keep your vegetables consistent in size to help the cooking time remain the same. But, if you prefer to have larger pieces of bell pepper in your food then go for it! I would just recommend cooking the bell pepper in a separate pan than the leeks and garlic. This will prevent your garlic from burning and your leeks from being overcooked, or your bell pepper being raw.

Prep time: 10 minutes   Cooking time: 15 minutes.


  • 1 lb shaved beef
  • 1 Leek (about 2 cups worth)
  • 4 c. Micro greens
  • 1 Orange bell pepper
  • 3 T. Coconut aminos
  • 1 T. Cooking fat (Bacon fat, Coconut oil, ghee, etc)
  • 1 T. Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 t. Ground ginger (heaping)
  • 1/2 t. Ground mustard
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 2-3 Cloves of garlic


1.   For the beef: add coconut aminos, balsamic vinegar, ground ginger, ground mustard, and cayenne pepper together and let sit while you prepare the vegetables.

2.   For the vegetables: Slice the leeks, slice the bell pepper, and mince the garlic. Place        all ingredients in a sauté pan with 1 tablespoon of bacon fat on medium heat for 8 minutes.

3.   Cook the beef in a sauté pan on medium heat for 4-5 minutes.

4.   Add cooked vegetables to meat and simmer on low for 2 minutes.

5.   Serve on top of micro greens, cauliflower rice, or zoodles. Enjoy!



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Savory Meatball Recipe

I love cooking and being able to share new delicious paleo recipes with you! I wanted this meatball recipe to be an easy go to for dinner, or something that could be made for the weekly meal prepping.

What I’ve created for you is a savory meatball recipe. This would go great with zoodles and marinara, a butternut squash puree or as an appetizer. Mmm I like food!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.     Prep time: 5-10 min.       Cooking time: 10-13 min.

Makes 12-15 meatballs.


1 lb Grass-fed beef

1 T. Sage

2 T. Dehydrated onion

1/2 t. Marjoram

1 Egg

1/2 t. Sea salt

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a kitchen aid mixer or bowl. Using a cookie dough scoop, portion out the mixture into 15 meatballs or as desired. Place meatballs on a baking pan lined with aluminum foil and bake for 10-13 minutes.


Recipe: Taco meat


Let’s talk Mexican food aka my love language! You know when you’re at your grocery store starving and all you want is to have a delicious hot meal in front of you ready to devour?? Well being hangry sure makes it hard to say no to the pre-made taco seasoning’s, but you will thank yourself later when you do because you won’t be eating unnecessary ingredients in your taco’s tonight! So good job and let me give you a quick and easy Paleo taco seasoning recipe!




1 lb Grass fed beef

1/4 c. Water

1 T. Chili powder

1 T. Cumin

1 T. Dried minced onion    

1/2 t. Sea salt

1/2 t. Onion powder

1/4 t. Garlic powder

Directions: Brown the meat over medium heat. Add water, seasoning’s and let simmer on low for 5 minutes. Enjoy!