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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...

How Does Distance Dog Training Work?

How Does Distance Dog Training Work?

Technology is changing many industries and dog training is no exception.  While it may seem counterintuitive to not have someone come to your home to train your dog, distance (or remote) dog training can be a very successful, cost-effective and convenient way to get...

The Muddy Language of Dog Behavior Titles

The Muddy Language of Dog Behavior Titles

If you've been around here a bit, you may have noticed a strong theme of transparency in my posts and on social media.  For those who may have missed it, dog training is unregulated in the US.  Not only does this mean consumers have no protection and anyone can do...

Searching For A Lost Dog (And Some Prevention)

Searching For A Lost Dog (And Some Prevention)

Every day on my social media feeds I see images of lost dogs, many of which are newly adopted or in foster.  Just this weekend a fearful dog I had been working with remotely bolted away from his foster (he was found safe, thankfully!) but these stories always conjure...

Not All Assistance Dogs Are Service Dogs

Not All Assistance Dogs Are Service Dogs

This past week a news story about a real service dog being attacked at mall in NJ by two unleashed dogs who were owned by a kiosk owner at the mall, initially claiming they too were service dogs.  This turned out to be untrue. So it's a good time to review the types...

Bringing A New Dog Home To Your Existing Dog

Bringing A New Dog Home To Your Existing Dog

This time of year a lot of dogs find their new homes, and many of these are being integrated into homes where there is already a resident dog, so it's a good time to review the best way to set both your new and existing dog up for success during the initial...

Transparency in Animal Sheltering and Rescues

Transparency in Animal Sheltering and Rescues

Just last week a NJ rescue I was formerly associated with (I resigned 4 years ago, to the day, this news story broke) was charged with almost 20 counts of varying charges including falsifying records "for the purpose of deceiving prospective pet owners," knowingly...

Noelle’s Story: A Doggie Boot Camp Victim

Noelle’s Story: A Doggie Boot Camp Victim

In my previous post cautioning about aversive dog training "boot camps" I touched on the long-lasting negative effects that often happen.  I wanted to share the story of a dog I worked with, named Noelle. I worked with Noelle after she was sent to a 6 week board and...

Why Doggie Boot Camp Isn’t The Answer

Why Doggie Boot Camp Isn’t The Answer

Very often I get contacted by potential clients who are debating whether to use my private services or send the dog off to "boot camp."  I don't know about you, but that doesn't sound very fun to me.  When I hear "boot camp" it conjures up images of military boot...