i can hear you. i’m choosing not to respond.

I probably shouldn’t admit this… there are times when Lucy, my Golden Retriever, doesn’t respond to me when I call her name.  And I call myself a certified dog trainer! This happens when Lucy is near water.  Swimming pool, lake, creek, large puddle of water. She doesn’t discriminate. Lucy is obsessed with swimming.  This is one of my favorite things about her.  She is...
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“just a dog”

I remember growing up in the ’70s and always having a dog or a cat – or multiples – in our home. Living with dogs was very different then, wasn’t it? Food choices were easily drilled down to Alpo, Dog Chow, Gaines Burgers or few others. Training your dog meant rolled up newspaper swats on the snout and rubbing noses in mistakes in the house.  Dogs seemed to have very...
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dog breed selection and changing lifestyles

Recently I’ve had several new clients who are facing challenges with their high-energy, young dogs.  There is something in common with all of these owners; they are seniors now, well into their 60’s and looking forward to enjoying their retirement; their “golden years.”   While they want to be active seniors, they seem to be learning that they aren’t quite up to...
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stop and smell the roses (and the grass, and the air, and the dead stuff)

My fascination with and love of dogs keeps me always pushing my education as a certified dog trainer forward. From ears to tail, there is much to learn and understand.  Lately, I’ve reading about the dog’s sense of smell. In fact, dogs use their noses more readily than they use their eyes. When you come into the room, your dog is more likely to recognize you by the way you smell than by the...
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why i love living with dogs

In October I added a second dog to our family. Three cats, a Golden Retriever and, now, a Cockapoo puppy; five four-legged creatures in the house. My husband, Jeff, was not happy with me. Our oldest cat, 18-year-old Pumpkin was not doing well and needed special care and now… a puppy. A 9-week-old puppy that needs housebreaking, needs obedience training, needs to learn the rules for living...
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kids and puppies – a natural fit?

I love it when, on the first night of a new Puppy Kindergarten session, mom or dad brings the kids along to participate in the puppy’s training.  Dog trainers talk a lot about consistency – what is true with mom should also be true with dad, what is not ok for the puppy to do today should be not ok for the puppy to do tomorrow. Friends, family, anyone that will be interacting with...
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