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March 31, 2019

I'm going to begin this blog with a topic that I typically avoid like the plague.  Television trainer discussions.

By television trainers, I think most of us know by now what I'm referring to.  Television personalities with little to no education, promoting punishment,...

March 9, 2019

Every moment our dog's eyes are open, they are learning and communicating...

In puppy class the other day, one of the clients shared a story of her puppy's first grooming experience. We were practicing "start button behaviors", allowing our dogs to tell us when they are...

February 2, 2019

We have all heard that there is a window of opportunity for puppy socialization that ends at about 14-15 weeks, depending on who's research and/or opinion you put more weight on.  Does this mean that this critical door slams shut at 14 or 15 weeks of age?

Of course not.

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January 6, 2019

Cats...

Who would have thought that I would be a cat person? Me? A cat person??!

Well, turns out I am.

I have always loved cats, but as a child I was deathly allergic to them. As a young adult, after my son was born… with allergies to everything under the sun, I might add...

December 31, 2018

Thresholds in dog training. What are they? How are they established? Why are they so important?

Think of something that you are really, really afraid of. For me, it’s heights… Yes, I'm short... I see the humor, lol!

Let's say I am standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon...

November 18, 2018

The relationship between dog owner and dog trainer must be a two-way street. No detours, road closures or dead ends.

As a trainer, providing both group classes and private, in home and remote location options, I MUST be in the loop while training progresses.

On the back...

November 13, 2018

Many people have heard the term, bunkering, as it relates to people with PTSD. “Going to the bunker” is often associated with PTSD related to the military or other high-stress service jobs.

Did you know that rescue dogs are predisposed to this type of difficulty as well...

October 28, 2018

If training is the polish to bring out their Brilliance, where does comfort fit into the equation when desensitizing your Diamond in the Ruff?

I'm sitting here with my indoor critters, two dogs, two cats and two parrots, contemplating my morning sessions and planning fo...

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