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What To Do When Your Dog Growls

What To Do When Your Dog Growls

Last week I released an infographic on dog communication.  If you missed it, you can download your copy here. Understanding how to read your dog's communication is the single most important thing you can to improve your relationship with your dog.  Dogs very rarely...

How Does Puppy Board and Train Work?

How Does Puppy Board and Train Work?

If you've been on any of my recent Facebook Lives, you know I've been offering board and train (B&T) as a premier service for puppy clients in/around Greenwich CT.  So I thought I'd document a bit about what B&T looks like and what to expect if this is a...

How To Help A Dog Who Guards Food

How To Help A Dog Who Guards Food

Does your dog growl, freeze, eat faster or try to bite if you approach him when he's eating?  Food guarding is a completely normal and very common dog behavior but it understandably upsets owners and in some cases, can be a safety concern, especially if there are...

How To Help Dogs With Car Reactivity

How To Help Dogs With Car Reactivity

Many dogs are reactive (often looks like lunging and/or barking) to cars.  This can make walks stressful, embarrassing or downright miserable for you.  So what do we do?  We train your dog to do something else, something that he's unable to do at the same time as...

The Dog Sanctuary Myth

The Dog Sanctuary Myth

As a trainer whose primary focus is on fear and aggression cases, I'm often asked by clients - both private and rescues - about sending dogs off to a "sanctuary*."  They're always asking about this because they need to make tough choices and often are avoiding the...

Prepare Fido For Your Return To Work

Prepare Fido For Your Return To Work

If this picture reminds you of how you've been working for the last two months, you're not alone.  Many dogs (and cats!) have been our co-workers recently and as things look like they're beginning to move towards returning to a new normal, now is the time to help...

We Are All Barrier Frustrated

We Are All Barrier Frustrated

Last week I had a realization.  I saw this cartoon and the caption made me realize, during this pandemic, when we’re all unable to interact with, or even see, people when we want to, that this is what being a barrier frustrated dog is like.  (Barrier frustrated dogs...

Times Are Hard. How Can I Help?

Times Are Hard. How Can I Help?

Times are hard.  I want to help.  Please tell me how. Everyone is struggling in one way or another right now.  I've been hearing from clients, friends, family and colleagues and nobody is unaffected.  We all know of someone who is sick, has lost their job, is going...

Expecting? Prepare Your Dog Now!

Expecting? Prepare Your Dog Now!

Are you expecting?  I'm sure you're overwhelmed with emotions, excitement and maybe even a little bit of fear right now.  And if worrying about your dog is part of that worry, let me help.  As a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator and a certified behavior consultant...

Got Kids AND a Dog?  You need Family Training!

Got Kids AND a Dog? You need Family Training!

You planned on getting a new dog in the spring and everything was going to be perfect.  But now the virus happened and everyone is at home and admit it, it's getting a little nutty.  We can help!  We know that taking on the mega-job of parenting kids AND a dog...

Remote Puppy Socialization and Info Group Class

Remote Puppy Socialization and Info Group Class

New puppy?  These are difficult times and I'm here to help you through it.  Join me for remote class about puppy socialization, enrichment and training during these times, Tuesday March 24 at 6PM ET. This 90-min remote video class will let you virtually meet other...

Online Booking Now Available!

Online Booking Now Available!

COVID-19 is impacting every industry, and dog training is no exception.  I've moved all my sessions and educational presentations online via Zoom, Skype, Facetime or by phone sessions.  And I've added the option for you to self-book to schedule sessions.  BOOK HERE!...

How To Socialize Your Puppy In A Pandemic

How To Socialize Your Puppy In A Pandemic

With the COVID-19 pandemic upon us, many new puppy owners are struggling with ways to train and socialize their new puppies.  We know that puppy socialization, up to about 14 weeks, is the most critical time for puppies to learn the world is safe and to have lots of...

Why Using Food Isn’t Bribery

Why Using Food Isn’t Bribery

Piggybacking off my recent post "But, my dog isn't food motivated" I thought I'd touch on another thing I hear commonly from clients - "I don't want to bribe my dog with food." For some reason, a lot of people see using food in training as some form of corruption,...

4 Things To Do Instead of Hugging Your Dog

4 Things To Do Instead of Hugging Your Dog

I think it's safe to say, we all love our dogs and we want to show them how much we love them.  One of the most common bits of information I deliver to clients is that most dogs don't like to be hugged or kissed.  It's a hard conversation to have and it often shatters...

But, my dog isn’t food motivated!

But, my dog isn’t food motivated!

If I had a dollar for every time I've heard this, I'd be sitting on a private island somewhere retired right now.  And honestly, before I was a trainer, before I knew better, I said the same thing about my BooBoo.  It's easy to jump to that conclusion if you're trying...