Accessible Training: Making the Impossible Happen

Sarah Rodriguez was born with a severe neuromuscular disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and her childhood dog positively impacted her life in so many ways as she grew up with a disability. As she got older, she wanted to give back to animals by helping people...

The Two Sides of Failure

Let’s talk about what failure could really look like in dog training. How important it is to embrace failure as an event rather than adopting it as a character flaw in yourself or your dog. I will share what strategic failure looks like in my program and how important...

When the Fur Flies: Inter-Cat Aggression

Inter-cat aggression is one of the most common behavior problems the presenter sees in her behavior consulting business. This distressing problem can occur with cats that are new to one another, as well as with siblings that have always been “best friends.” This...

Pump the Brakes: What to Do When You’re Spinning Out on Stress

Reactive. Wired and tired. Running on adrenaline. Our fast-paced work, combined with the stressors of life in the age of COVID, can leave us feeling like we’re in constant overdrive. Long-term escalated stress pushes us into survival mode, impacting our quality of...

Tight Budget, Big Problems

Depending on your area, many of your clients will not be able to afford all of the training they need and want, especially not for advanced behavioral problems. One of the skills trainers must develop is to learn how to adapt our programs and packages to what our...

The Power of Play

The use of toys as reinforcement is common practice in dog sports, but the use of play itself is often not fully harnessed. Join world renowned seminar presenter Kamal Fernandez, as he discusses the many ways in which play can be used to teach, create confidence,...

The Gift of a Gray Muzzle

Senior dogs are special. They capture our hearts and because of age-related changes to their bodies and brains, they often challenge our skills as caretakers and trainers. Kathy Sdao will draw material from her recent workshop The Gift of a Gray Muzzle: Active Care...

From Roadblocks to Rainbows: Enhancing Client Consulting Skills

Are your clients rainbows—each unique and special? Or roadblocks—always in their own way, and yours? Would your work be more fulfilling if clients just did what you told them to do the first time? Do you feel frustrated that clients don’t comply with instructions...

Thinking About Dogs from an Evolutionary Perspective

Using evolution as a tool to better understand the dogs we share our homes with can be useful, but treating our dogs like wolves is not. It is the very fact that dogs have evolved to be different than wolves that allows them to live in our homes. It is much more...

Beethoven for Your Dog…Really?

The music for dogs industry is huge and makes claims that include “curing” dogs of anxiety, sound phobias, and separation anxiety. Much of the marketing explicitly offers the products as alternatives to the use of medication, training, management, and veterinary...

Sculpting the Cue

According to an old tale, a person once asked the artist Michelangelo how he was able to carve his famous statue of David from a single piece of stone. Michelangelo apparently replied that he simply chipped away every piece of stone that wasn’t David. Emily believes...

Ruff ‘N Tumble: Martial Arts for Dogs

Ruff’N Tumble – Martial Arts for Dogs is an exciting dog sport that all dogs can do. It is an action sport that takes agility and teamwork to new levels for a dog and their handler. Obstacles are found in the environment and are limitless. Dogs can be on or off leash,...