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Thank you for visiting the Kaibab Bernese Mountain Dog website. The purposes of this site are to educate those looking for a berner, to provide information about our breeding program, and to provide regular updates to -- and about -- our Kaibab family and friends. Please enjoy your visit and come back often!

The Kaibab Blog
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Morning Show

The puppies were mesmerized at the dining room door, watching something outside as I was making toast. I went over to see what was so interesting and that is how the first slice of toast went to the dogs.

When Normal is Extraordinary

Claire takes her job as an alarm clock quite seriously. Within minutes of about 5:15 she starts jumping up and down in her x-pen located in a corner of our bedroom. She doesn't bark -- she just bounces. And so we are always up to greet the dawn.

Weaving In the Puppies

When I sit down to post a blog, I so often think of people. I think of Nell, who follows along with our canine family and friends from southern Utah. I think of Carol who sends along her thoughts on various posts via email. I think of Joan, who now lives without a berner.  And so on. My mind so often rests on people I wish I could see regularly someplace other than my mind. Such is the nature of living life in a community that spans so many miles.

Double Trouble

Yesterday Claire and I drove around Flathead Lake to meet Tika and Aysha. We met in Whitefish, which has an incredibly cool dog park -- particularly awesome as it was a HOT day. These are photos from the playdate at the dog park.

A Farewell

Almost nine years ago, we had two litters close together. That meant we had lots of adorable puppies to share but now it means we have lots of beloved berners older than the breed's average age of death, and yes -- we are losing them. This should not be a surprise, right? But it still feels shocking to me and I suspect I am not the only one.

What's the Big Deal About Nice?

I continue to ponder the thinking behind punishing a dog for failure to do a down signal -- probably because it is a good way to think about dog training in general. 


Guess Who...

Love. It Works.

One of the things I enjoy about training dogs is that -- like people -- one size doesn't fit all. Training is a constant and thoughtful process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. But it is not just the dog that is constantly in this change process -- to be a good trainer, the human must also continually engage in a parallel process. Life with Dogs is all about becoming a better human being -- or finding out that you are missing the mark so you can try again.

The Utility Statue Signal & What NOT to Do/Be

Oh, the frustration of the Down Signal in Utility - how well I know thee! You give the signal and the dog stands there...


I think he missed his dogs...


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