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Posts by Bronagh Daly 

Five By Five Canine’s training tips, case studies, and real-life musing about the animals we love.

This dog is my hero

It's been a long time since I've written a blog post. As usual though, Oz inspired some musings. On our walk today, we ran into a very energetic young female mini American. This is the first dog that we've bumped into on a walk since Oz was neutered a week ago. He's...

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Here’s to us

Here’s to us

It’s been a while since I’ve felt like blogging about Oz. We’ve had a year--with Oz’s epilepsy diagnosis, then his CCL tear/TPLO surgery. But a moment at the end of our hike today inspired me. Oz and I have been through a lot in his three and a half years. We’ve...

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RESILIENCE

RESILIENCE

nor·mal

adjective

Conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.

In our most difficult months, weeks, days, hours, I would sometimes think about how things might’ve been different for Oz and I. If we had been dealt a different deck of cards, if things were easier for my big feelings boy, where we might be now…

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Roller coaster

Roller coaster

Backslides in any type of dog training can be difficult. Frustrating. Demoralizing. Heart-breaking. And the more difficult the problem, the more difficult the backslide becomes. The more progress you make, the harsher the backslide feels. I know this all too well. In...

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From long line to no line

From long line to no line

Want to hike your dog off-leash, but have too many worries to do so? I used to be the same.

Some people can unclip the leash without too much thought or anxiety, but after one of my dogs disappeared for three hours, that wasn’t me. But about a year later, Oz wiggled his adorable little self into my life (and heart). With all of his anxiety, it is incredibly important that Oz gets to be carefree out in the woods, gets to move his body freely, gets to let go of his anxiety and just be a dog—for that bit of time once a day. So, as Oz grew up and it became increasingly clear that hiking was a necessity for both of us, I came up with a plan…

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Climb Your Own Mountain

Climb Your Own Mountain

I’ll be the first to admit that it can be pretty easy to fall into a trap of comparing your own journey to the ever rotating highlight reels that haunt Facebook newsfeeds. However, I also know it’s important to remember that no two journeys are the same. No two...

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