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New year, new plans

New year, new plans

December is always a busy month. Get Christmas presents, meet the family, cook food (not me, but others do), eat food (that I do!), watch Christmas movies, get in the spirit, and for God’s sake enjoy yourself! (Can you tell that Christmas is a bit overrated if you ask me…?)

I like the days AFTER Christmas. When all is done, there’s food left, I got some nice presents, hubby’s home from work, and there’s a whole new year waiting to happen!

2018 has been a year of changes. 2019 will be a year of settlement, I think. Settle down in our new home, settle down in my work, finding my routines. It will be a good year!

I don’t feel like competing with my dogs at the moment. We kind of hang out together, and I’ve been focusing on making our everyday life work. Now, I can have my kelpies off leash in the forest, nail trimming works, and we mostly hang out together and do fun stuff. Maybe I’ll take an online-class in freestyle. That would be fun.

If you are NOT like me (at the moment at least), but actually want to set goals and achieve something with your dog, I have something for you!

To help you get all your thoughts and ambitions in order, I have made two different planner packs for 2019. They are in Swedish, easy to follow, and the two packs are not only different in design but also in content. Look through the templates and choose the package that suits you the best. Or maybe you’ll make it a Christmas gift for someone special…?

This is the one I made for 2018, updated to 2019 (illustrated with dogs).

And this is a brand new one (not illustrated)!

From the illustrated package

Don’t forget to check out the other items in my shop. I bet you find something you like!

And if you need some inspiration and motivation, as well as some help with your structure, I’ve teamed up with a good friend of mine and we’ll be hosting a workshop together! Guaranteed to make you feel on top of the world 🙂 

Take it easy this December <3


Time flies!

Time flies!

I can’t believe it’s bee two weeks since I visited my blog! Well, you know what they say – time flies when you’re having fun…

A little update:

November is here. 

I have a small obsession about leaves right now. The color, the shape, the texture…

My first school assignment is done. I haven’t got my feedback yet. Kind of nervous. I handled the nervous energy as I always do – turned it into something creative.

And I soon found out I needed dividers in my yellow “Happy book”. Fixed it myself!

And I got water! Running water, hot and cold! I’m in heaven…

Maybe the most important thing: my neighbor cut the grass. We now have no less than THREE big fields to train on. Niiiiice!

Oh, by the way: even if this blog has been silent, my Instagram is very much alive. I have three main accounts:

TheCreativeKelpie  if you’re all about planner stuff

KelpiePhotography if you like dog photos

and the brand new Kelpie.asa if you want to follow my life in general.

I’ve even learned to use Stories… 😀

The bucket game

The bucket game

Even though I try to make the life of my dogs as pleasant as possible, there is one area that I could improve: nail trimming. They cooperate, I can trim their nails without problems, but they really, really, really don´t like it. They put up with it because I make them. Gently but firmly. With treats and praise, but still…they would choose not to participate if they could.

Am I happy with that? I was once. I’m not any longer. I’d like to think that I learn more and become a better dog trainer as the years go by, and now I see all around me new ways to train the dog (or any animal) to freely participate in and have control over “not so pleasant” procedures that need to be done. As the animals get a voice, the right to say “no” and to be listened to, things like nail trimming, ear cleaning, taking blood samples, vaccinations, and so on, become less stressful and the animal freely participates. It chooses to do so to get a reward. It’s in control.

Yes, I know this has been going on for a while. Sometimes my mind is sloooow on the uptake…But better late than never, right?

For those of you who have only a vague idea of what I’m talking about, here’s an explanation of what I want to train:

1. The Bucket Game

As explained by amazing Chirag Patel: https://www.animaltrainingacademy.com/podcast/training-tidbits/chirag-patel/

2. Start button behaviors

The podcast Drinking from the toilet is always worth listening to, here with two of my friends: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/hannah-branigan/drinking-from-the-toilet/e/51441310

And if you have no patience, here’s the quick version:

Bucket game (my version, not exactly as described by Chirag)

  1. Teach a trick, like “put paw on hand” (or look at a bucket of treats)
  2. Add duration.
  3. Add distractions.
  4. Add touching paw, nails, pull on nails.
  5. Add do the same with a pen.
  6. Add do the same with nail clippers.
  7. Trim one nail.
  8. And so on.

The important thing is: she is free to remove her paw at any time, and that makes me stop. She is in control. If she doesn’t put her paw on my hand at all – we don’t play. Again – she gets to say when, and she gets to say “no”. It’s up to me to do this in small steps and make it rewarding.

Start button (again, my version)

  1. I show clippers – she looks at clippers – click – she gets a treat. We get a rhythm going.
  2. I interrupt the rhythm. She does something – anything. Clippers come out – click – treat. The behavior she chooses is her start button behavior. When she does that she tells me she is ready for the clippers.
  3. We build a chain. I put a treat on the floor. She looks at me > I put out my hand. She gives her paw > I pick up the clippers. Her paw stays put > I continue. She removes her paw > I stop.
  4. We build new chains for different procedures. Lift back paws, put head on chair (ear cleaning), put top of nose in my hand (check and brush teeth). And so on.

My spread looks like this:

We’ve come a bit further than this, I’ve started to pull on her nails a bit.

The training looks a bit like this, so far:

It’s really interesting to work with! For both of us, I think. I’ll keep you updated on our progress.

Think outside of the bowl!

Think outside of the bowl!

To make your dog’s life a little more interesting – why serve the food in a bowl? You can easily take a portion of the food and serve it in some more interesting ways! This stimulates your dog in a good way, and it gets to use its natural behaviors. This is nothing new, and most dog owners do this from time to time. But…imagination can run a bit short.

The idea to collect as many ways to serve dog food as possible came from one of the members of an FB-group I admin. All I’ve done is put all the great tips she got together, in a way that would work for me and my dogs! And I added the possibility to grade how much my dogs liked it (my guess is that they will think very differently about this!).

As I don’t want my dogs to have to work for everything (some things in life really should be free), my goal is to do this for one dog at a time, at every meal. As I have three dogs, that would ensure that two out of three meals are “just eat it”, and it also gives me the possibility to move the one dog from the rest of the dogs and let her/him work for the food in peace. Especially with my eldest I also have to watch carefully: does she enjoy this, or am I just being a pain in her behind? She already thinks eating is over-rated, so this project can either increase or decrease her appetite.

I’ll get back to you when this is all filled out, and share what I’ve learned!




It’s growing!

It’s growing!

Recently I’ve seen a lot of new sign-ups for my little e-course on how to get started with Bujo for dog trainers. I’m delighted! That means that a new crowd of dog people has found their way into the interesting world of bullet journaling. WELCOME, EVERYONE! I hope you find something useful in the course, or here on my blog.

For me, bullet journaling has actually changed the way I live. It has freed space in my brain and boosted my ideas – and helped me organize the steps to get from “here” to “there”. I am calmer, more creative, and get more things done.

Right now, my mind is set on (among other things) renewing this website a bit. Hopefully, make it more interesting. A place to find inspiration as well as useful things that help your brain too. If you want to help me by giving some feedback or make a wish I would really appreciate it – send me an email

Spread for next week. Cute dog stickers from the Etsy-shop “a planner piece”.



Plan your dog training with a “projects”-page

Plan your dog training with a “projects”-page

For a few months now, I’ve tested my idea of a “master project page” in my work-life as well as my dog training. It works GREAT! I get the overview that I need, and it’s easy to see what needs to be done. Let me give you a walk-through:

And if you prefer to see the pages one by one, here goes.

This is the “master page”. At the moment we are working on recalls in the forest (obviously NOT the same as recalls in the fields says Midori), I planned a trick show that we had last Saturday (needs another star), I want to work on the bucket game and we did the Snoot Challenge (and we got featured!). Every project gets a page. As this is a Filofax, I can easily put in more pages if I need to, and the first page will be the “cover page” for that project.

The recalls are getting better day by day! For this page, I chose a simple layout where I just listed my criteria. It’s easier for her to work when it’s just her and me, so the last gold star is when it works with the whole pack (my other two dogs are on leashes – one of them is totally deaf and wanders off, and the other one hunts).

The trick show was a lot of fun and nothing serious at all – we represented our dog club at a big store and showed a few easy tricks to keep the crowd interested. For this page I made a “to do”-list, listed the different tricks she knows very well, and then I wanted to make an evaluation of the training after.

We’ve just started on the bucket game. She knows how to look at the treat, and I’ve started touching her. This – I hope – will end up in nail trimming on her terms and not my terms. I will also add a “start button behavior”.

And the snoot challenge is done! It looks like this:

Puppy time!

Puppy time!

Around me, my friends are getting puppies. Cuddly, furry, fantastic beings with needle-sharp teeth and a “go get it”-attitude. Some of them has asked me about what to track, what to train, what’s important, so I made a Puppy Planner Pack!

First out is Basic – what you need (in my opinion) to keep track of stuff, and – most important of all – get to know your new buddy. Five basic templates, designed to be used over and over again as the puppy grows older.


How to use:

Use them as food for thought, or – if you want to support a hard working business woman – buy them in my store and print them.

This is the first of three Puppy Planner Packs. The next one will cover the foundation of puppy training to become a functional dog in our society, and the last one is for those of us who love to train our dogs.

Is there anything, in particular, you want me to cover in the next packs? Let me know!



Out and out endurance – self care continuous

Out and out endurance – self care continuous

This is week three of my self-care investment. I’m proud of myself! 

As a reward and a kick to step it up, I joined Out and out endurance dog and training class. Not dog training – dog and training. Training me while out walking my dogs. Can it get any better?


Above: My setup for three weeks to come. Rörelseboken is about the dog’s anatomy and movements, to make sure that they get the exercise that’s right for them.

Below: This week. And a giraffe, because…well, I like giraffes! Oh, and fruit. I actually ate a banana today. I’m still alive.

My setup for the three training sessions recommended in Out and out. It’s Tuesday today, and I’ve been out running! For real! My dogs couldn’t believe it…And the stickers I’m currently obsessed with.

And last but not least I present to you…Proof! A picture from today’s run!

To be continued…

30 days, 30 seconds, 30 distractions!

30 days, 30 seconds, 30 distractions!

Two weeks ago I started a focus challenge in my Swedish bullet journal for dog trainers-group. Or, as I prefer to call it, a staring contest. Teach your dog to keep focus in 30 seconds, with 30 different distractions, and you have 30 days to do it.

So far, we’ve had some fun with this! It’s easy. It’s simple. It doesn’t take much time. It makes me work with distractions in a creative way. 

After every session, I color a piece of the puzzle. O the right, the distractions we have tried and how many seconds she managed so far. Two distractions are really hard: Dad comes home when we train, and walking by the side of the main road. Walking up and down stairs, training inside the barn with the cats, and follow me when I back up, are also hard. Most other environments and distractions have been OK so far: dogs and people, toys and treats on the ground, stationary position or moving, she is naturally good at keeping focus.

But not as good as she will be in another two weeks!

Bullet journal in a Filofax continued

Bullet journal in a Filofax continued

After trying my Filofax for a few weeks, I find myself adding little bits to it. It’s so practical!

for this week, I used a template and printed.

Next section is my master task list, that has moved out of its notebook and into here. super-easy to change places and just take out finished projects.

And also super-easy to add pages! This is the planning of my online dog parkour class (swedish). I needed some more space – I added an extra page.

In section nr 3 I keep my photography clients, and I have a diagram that makes sure I remember everything in my workflow.

Section 4: dog training! I’m going to try everything in one book! Let’s see how it goes…:D

My weekly plan

List of criteria for each thing I want to train

And today’s training.

Templates from my Creative Kelpie shop, Glädjeklick for Swedish and Etsy for English version.

When I have much to do and don’t want to think, I find that the printables are a life saver…When I designed them my mind actually worked! 🙂

I’ll keep you posted on how it works out, what I invent, what I change. And if I get bored…