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Breaking Training Down Into Bite Sized Pieces

Breaking Training Down Into Bite Sized Pieces

  Since the majority of my behavior practice involves working fear and aggression cases, including separation anxiety, I spend a lot of time helping clients navigate how we can break the things their dog is afraid of, whether it's strangers, absences, noises,...

Racism and Dogs

Racism and Dogs

  With the horrible events in our nation's Capitol recently, I've been struggling a bit with how to appropriately provide relevant, but sensitive content for this week, so it seemed fitting to broach the topic of racism, or at least racism in dogs.  Often clients...

Goodbye 2020.  Hello 2021.

Goodbye 2020. Hello 2021.

  As we move towards kicking 2020 aside, as I'm sure many people are eager to do, I'd like to take a few minutes to reflect on 2020.  After the shock of Covid and quarantines and all of that kicked in, I scrambled to rebuild my business model to figure out a way...

Fear in Dogs: Lack of Socialization

Fear in Dogs: Lack of Socialization

  This is the fourth and final installment in my Fear in Dogs series discussing all the various ways dogs can acquire fear. Last week I released this helpful, downloadable infographic that you can download on my Free Downloads page.  This week, I'm discussing...

Fear in Dogs: Bad Experiences

Fear in Dogs: Bad Experiences

  This is the third installment in my Fear in Dogs series discussing the various ways dogs can acquire fear. This week, I'm talking about the most commonly known (and assumed) way dogs get fear, through bad experiences. When I have a fear and aggression consult,...

Fear in Dogs: Genetics

Fear in Dogs: Genetics

  Last week I introduced my Fear in Dogs series talking about the role of mothers in how dogs may acquire fear.  If you missed it, you can read that post here.  This week, I'm touching on the role of genetics and the situations in which we commonly see these in...

Fear In Dogs: Maternal Stress and Behavior

Fear In Dogs: Maternal Stress and Behavior

  One of the unforeseen benefits of the pandemic, at least early on, was emptying of rescues and shelters, since people were going to be home and they decided it was a great time to bring home a dog or cat.  Social distancing and puppy socialization are in direct...

Mistakes and Setbacks Are Normal In Training

Mistakes and Setbacks Are Normal In Training

  One of the most common questions I'm asked during consults is  "how long will this take to fix?"  It's understandable - people want to know what the timeline is, what the financial commitment is likely to be and what the emotional toll might be.  And I...

Puppy Play – It’s Not Just For Fun

Puppy Play – It’s Not Just For Fun

  There's not too many things better in life than watching puppies romp around, wrestling, chewing on each other, playing and toppling over.  But trainers know this isn't just fun and games but that having age appropriate puppy play, especially during their...

Puppies and Separation Anxiety

Puppies and Separation Anxiety

It can be confusing for new puppy parents to know if their puppy is experiencing separation anxiety or normal "puppy stuff" since there can be a lot of crossover between the two.  Puppies inherently have separation anxiety – vocalizing to reunite with mom or get...

Debunking 3 Separation Anxiety Myths

Debunking 3 Separation Anxiety Myths

This week I'm finishing up my credential to become a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer and if you joined last week's Facebook Live, I talked a little bit about what separation anxiety training looks like. Today I wanted to chat a little about some separation...