That Dog Needs a JOB

There’s a common idea that has made its way into the opinion of the dog-loving public: certain dogs, especially “working breeds,” need a job. Border Collie getting into the trash? He needs a job...

Pedey’s Testimonial

This month’s testimonial comes from Jessica and Pedey. Pedey was wonderful with other dogs, but he was fearful of new people. He regularly lunged, growled, and snapped at strangers. With careful...

Eva’s Testimonial

When we first met Eva, she was a very energetic 8 month old German Shepherd… and her owner was quite frustrated with her unruly behavior.  In fact, Megan described Eva as a “little...

Dog Training is Ongoing… And it’s OK

As a professional dog trainer, I often hear, “How long until my dog will be trained?” or, “How long did it take to train YOUR dog?”  The reality is that dog training doesn’t fit into a tidy...

Testimonial: Pinckney Family

There are special challenges that come with acquiring littermates, especially when they’re puppies.  When I first met Bailey and Riley, they were energetic Boxers who lacked manners and...

Fort Wayne’s Dog Friendly Stores

One of the rewards of having a well behaved dog is getting to take him into public and show off his awesome manners.  Also, the more places my dog can accompany me, the less time he has to spend...
Testimonial: Diana & Sandy

Testimonial: Diana & Sandy

This month’s featured testimonial is from Diana and Sandy.  Sandy was adopted from Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control.  Like many dogs, she had some naughty habits (the worst of which was barking...

The Single Hardest Thing About Dog Training

No matter what training method you use, what breed your dog is, or how experienced you are, there is one HUGE training challenge that all dog owners have: striking the balance between making “it”...

The Three Magic Letters: D D D

If you have taken lessons from me, you have surely heard me talk about “The Three Ds.” They’re not magical, but they’re a good reminder of the ways to challenge your dog. DISTANCE   |...

Dog Food: How Do I Know What is Best?

Most pet owners acknowledge two important facts: not all pet foods are created equal and their pet’s health and happiness depends on what food she is provided. While I am not a veterinarian nor...

Finding a Responsible Breeder

My last blog addressed the advantages of adopting a dog from the shelter, but since I recognize that there ARE trustworthy, reputable breeders out there I asked Sheila Boneham to weigh in on the...

The Myth of the “Broken” Shelter Dog

On April 16, 2012, I adopted a Sheltie mix from the Jay County Humane Society in Portland, Indiana. I’ve really enjoyed my journey with Shelby so far, and I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the...