What Do You Mean Your Dog’s Not Perfect?

“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it” – Edith Schaeffer A few weeks ago, at a conference, I was chatting with another…

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The Top 5 Indoor Games You can Play with Your Dog on a Hot Day!

I love dogs, I really do.  And I spend a lot of time trying to prove how smart and easy to teach they are.  And it’s true!  They are smart and easy to teach. . . but there’s one thing…

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Dog Training TV Shows Good or Bad?

I hear it at practically every first lesson I go to.  Sometimes it is disguised as an innocuous “ssssshhhhhttttt” and a finger poke to the ribs of a dog when he doesn’t do what they want.  Other times, people will just come…

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Your Dog Just Growled; Did You Remember to Thank Him?

I have so many amazing clients, and this story is about one of them. Edith is one of those clients that dog trainers dream of having. She has a wonderfully, well-balanced Golden retriever who is a joy to work with. She…

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The Importance of Proofing Your Sit-Stay…(Or Why Hotels Should Require People Deposits Instead Of Pet Deposits)

So, here I am, standing in an awful motel, covered in orange juice in rural Virginia.  You can’t make this stuff up… Let me back up for a second and start at the beginning.  My friend, Cindy, and I decided…

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