Reflections on my “Challenging” Dog

It’s a new year. This is always a time for reflection and resolutions. Today I feel compelled to reflect on my partnership with a certain little dog. Her name is Wakey. Wakey’s mom (a...

Dog Myth Debunked – Abuse

My first dog was a lab mix named Bear. She was a painfully adorable puppy. I remember taking her to PetSmart once and a stranger asked to pet her. As the stranger lifted his hand up to pet her on...

Let’s Talk TREATS!

I often remind my clients to bring dog treats to class, but sometimes I forget to tell them which treats to bring. I know there are thousands of treats to choose from! Your choice of treats will...

My Dog Behaves Better “At School”

“My dog is doing great here, but she doesn’t act this way at home.” “I wish my dog listened this well at home!” “Well, OF COURSE she’s doing it. She’s at school!” I hear varieties of this trend on...

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...