Why NOT to “Win Over” a Shy Dog

Why NOT to “Win Over” a Shy Dog

For a dog lover, a shy insecure looking little dog can really pull at the old heart strings. You see this scared fur ball and want so badly to help him get over his issues and realize how great us human are. You also feel that, as a dog lover, it’s your duty to...
Kids and Dogs – Part 2

Kids and Dogs – Part 2

Last week I told you all about the very best dog breed (statistically) with kids. If you missed it, check it out here. Today I want to talk about how to manage interactions between kids and dogs so that both species enjoy the encounters. The big thing you have to...
Kids and Dogs – Part 1

Kids and Dogs – Part 1

It happens to me at least once every few weeks and it’s always the same. I’ll be doing a session with a family and they’ll ask the question that’s on every Mom’s and Dad’s mind: what’s the best kind of dog to get for children?...
How to Get Kicked Out of My Class

How to Get Kicked Out of My Class

Every single time I begin a new group obedience class I have to kick at least one person right out the door. I always do this the very second they enter the building and before they have a chance to utter a single word to me. Harsh, I know but it must be done. I...
Context is Everything

Context is Everything

I just heard something that needs to be addressed. I got a call from someone that was having some issues about their black lab. I was doing my usual routine of asking lots and lots of questions to discover what the real problems were and what the dog’s possible...
Why My Dog Doesn’t Know Basic Obedience

Why My Dog Doesn’t Know Basic Obedience

About a month or two ago something happened that really made me question my career. I can’t remember exactly what I was doing but for some reason I asked my dog Hayley, who’s been with me for ten years now, to go “down.” Immediately upon hearing the...

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