23 Mar

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 and trainer whose speciality is fear and aggression, I work with a lot of families with dogs and kids.

And experience tells me,  it’s always better to be proactive than reactive, so with that in mind, if you’re expecting, now is the perfect time to schedule a one on one video session to help prepare your dog (and you!) for the big changes ahead once the baby arrives.

Our private 2-hour video session includes a complete assessment, areas to focus on and personalized training plan to help prepare your dog for baby, homework, enrichment recommendations and an assortment of dog/baby handouts and resources as well as an opportunity for you to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you might have.

Book today to get started!

Happy Training! Looking forward to connecting (online!) with you soon!  Stay safe.



20 Mar

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 together is NOT easy!  Families need specialized training tailor-made just for them.  And that’s EXACTLY what we offer – remotely, from the safety and comfort of your home.

Our 6 session remote video package is customized to get EVERYONE involved. You’ll get all the tools and support you need to get your kids on board, your dog in check and the whole family playing for the same team! It’s fun, effective and 100% positive!

You’ll get:

    • Master training skill every week
    • Put your new skills to use in YOUR home – where you need it most!
    • Involve your WHOLE family in the training – YES! Kids too.
    • Play training games that make learning FUN!
    • The parents’ program has all the most important skills for raising kids and a dog together
    • The kids’ program is full of fun games where they’ll have so much fun they won’t even know they’re learning!
    • AND there’s even “in a nutshell” videos to help keep grandparents and nannies on the same page, so when people start coming back into your home, they can be up to speed!
    • Stay on track with a recap of your session
    • Watch videos that coach you through the skills you’ve learned
    • Feel confident that you’re on the right path!

So whether you want to get ahead of the game or you’re struggling to keep your head above water, our family dog private training program has EVERYTHING you need to look like a PRO in your new role, and actually ENJOY doing it.

Please note this package is not for dogs who have any fear, aggression of behavior “‘problems” other than normal puppy issues like play biting, house soiling, etc.

Book today to get started!

Happy Training! Looking forward to connecting (remotely!) with you soon!  Stay safe.


18 Mar

Kids and Dogs – Keeping Them Busy During A Pandemic

Kids at home? Dog at home? Need something for them both to do? Starting next Monday 3/24 I’m offering a kids and dogs tricks/games remote video class. Each session will focus on one easy, kid friendly trick or game that your school aged child (ages 6-12) can teach or play with your dog. All they need is access to a laptop or tablet with a webcam to login into a Zoom meeting and lots of treats! Limited to 4 per class. I’m currently offering this on Mondays and Wednesdays so register today! You can register for one or all or any combination.  Each class will be a different trick but wanted to keep it flexible for people to join without locking you into multiple sessions if you didn’t want to be.  (Contact me if these time slots aren’t good – I’m open to adding more if they can fill!)


Happy Training! Looking forward to connecting (remotely!) with you soon!


16 Mar

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!

I’ve also added a new offering, which I mentioned in my last blog post, but in an effort to ensure new puppy parents have all the tools they need, I’ve added a discounted new puppy session for only $50!  Learn how best to socialize your puppy during this pandemic, get enrichment ideas, best practices for house training, crate training guidance, how to deal with puppy mouthing, chew training, body handling, resource guarding prevention and anything else you want to chat about in our hour session.  Share this with your friends, shelters and rescues.  Puppies are going to be missing out on key socialization with everything being shuttered so it’s important to get all the information you can before you have a fearful adult dog on your hands.  Remember, as my mentor Jean Donaldson said, “Heavy socialization is the single smartest investment you can make in a dog.”  So book your session today!

And if you don’t have a puppy but still need help (and let’s face it, most of us are home with our dog more – great opportunity for more training!), here’s a list of remote training options:

  • Fear and Aggression (new and existing clients) – help with fearful dogs, stranger danger, resource guarding, body handling, dog with baby/toddler issues, vet/grooming phobias.
  • Pre-Baby Prep – helping you help your dog be prepared before your baby arrives
  • New Dog/Pre-Adoption Counseling – helping set you and your future dog up for success or troubleshooting your new dog settling in
  • Foundation Skill Training – focusing on training the skills needed for AKC CGC or therapy dog certification (doesn’t include certification)
  • Basic Obedience – puppy or new dog basic skills
  • Whole Family Dog Training – training for the whole family (including school aged kids) and your new dog
  • Cat Consults – address common cat behavioral issues
  • Puppy Socialization During COVID-19 SPECIAL OFFERING– for puppies age 16 weeks and under

And stay tuned for more news later this week!

Happy Training! Looking forward to connecting (remotely!) with you soon!



15 Mar

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 positive experiences.  But how do you do this during a pandemic when everyone is being encouraged to socially distance or isolate?  Many group training classes are being canceled and many private trainers, like myself, have ceased doing in home visits for everyone’s safety.

The answer:  remote distance training to learn about proper socialization and how to create lots of novel experiences for your new puppy to explore, so you have opportunities to reinforce novelty.  And once you’re well underway with socialization then we can move to remote video sessions for basic obedience skills like sit, down, coming when called, leave it, wait, go to place and more!

I am now offering one hour, remote new puppy sessions to help guide you through the challenges of socialization (especially now!), house training, puppy mouthing and crate training and other common puppy issues .  These sessions are for puppies under 16 weeks of age.  (Regular distance sessions are available for older dogs/puppies.) Each private one hour phone session provides an opportunity for us to discuss how best to socialize your puppy, provide you with enrichment ideas, best practices for house training, crate training guidance, how to deal with puppy mouthing, chew training, body handling, resource guarding prevention and gives you ample opportunity to ask any questions you might have, all from the safety, comfort and convenience of your own home.

These sessions are affordably priced at only $50 for the hour and includes a dozen puppy relevant handouts.  To get started, complete this registration form and then you will be contacted to set up your appointment time!

Learn more about what to expect, how to prepare for a remote session with me and read some review from remote clients here.

Happy Training! Looking forward to connecting (remotely!) with you soon!