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Dogs and Gardens

Dogs and Gardens

Spring is finally here and what better way to spend time with your dog than taking up gardening. I find that gardening is a wonderful way not just to relax, but also to spend time with my dogs. How can dogs appreciate gardening? Well it’s simple, dogs love spending time outdoors without pressure, just sniffing, […]

Rehabilitation and Responsibility

Rehabilitation and Responsibility

I was a teenager when I learned about the importance of safe management. My first dog, Cupid (hey I was 17 when I named him) did not like unfamiliar dogs. I spent almost every penny I earned through my part time job as a video store clerk on dog training lessons. I did many things wrong in those […]

March Comes in Like a Lion

March Comes in Like a Lion

The coming weekend weather, Sunday, looks wonderful here in the DC metro area. It might just be that first warm weather weekend day of spring. I know I can count on one thing: Monday and Tuesday I and many of my colleagues will be fielding a lot of the same calls – “my dog got into […]

Setting the Stage for a Happy and Wel...

Setting the Stage for a Happy and Well Behaved Dog

So often my clients tell me that their dog behaves much better at my home office than the dog does in their home. I would love to say that I have a special gift and all dogs within a quarter mile of me behave well, but it’s so much simpler than that. I simply set the stage […]

From Visitation to Crisis Response &#...

From Visitation to Crisis Response – The Growing Role of Therapy Dogs

People often ask me if I think that their dog would be a good therapy dog. More and more I find myself following it up with, “well, what do you want your dog to do?” Therapy dogs are working in increasingly diverse ways and the demands on the dog and on the owner also vary […]

DIY Service Dogs Take 2

DIY Service Dogs Take 2

When is the last time a product that had the label “As Seen on TV!” worked in the real world exactly like it did on TV? Let’s keep this in mind the next time you see a service dog related story on TV. I’m not saying that service dogs are not amaaaazing, they really are, […]

DIY Service Dogs

DIY Service Dogs

In the mid 1990’s I had been working as a pet dog trainer and a kind gentleman with Parkinsons approached me to help him train his labrador to help him with some simple behaviors at his home. Sadly, he passed away before we were able to fully complete the training, but when his family shared with […]

It’s the Most Bitey-est Time of...

It’s the Most Bitey-est Time of the Year!

I’m letting you in on a little dog training and behavior industry secret – the time period between Thanksgiving and New Years is my busiest season for aggressive behavior calls! If you think about it, it really isn’t that much of a surprise. Lots of food everywhere, schedule changes, visitors and vacations are a recipe […]

Your First Walks with Your New Puppy

Your First Walks with Your New Puppy

Remember that the world is brand new to a young puppy. Consider what human beings are doing at the same comparative age. Do not expect leash walks with a young puppy to look graceful, but do work towards having them be fun for you and your puppy. This is the age when your puppy is learning how he feels about you. If your walks with your puppy are turning into battles, you are risking damaging your relationship with your pup.

Getting out of your breed (or mixed b...

Getting out of your breed (or mixed breed) box

It is not unusual for me to hear, “I’m a (fill in the blank with random breed) person.” Many times owners have chosen a breed that is a good fit. However, I also do see owners who choose a breed that they have fallen in love with that in reality does not actually fit their […]