Your Dog’s Health and Fitness

We are lucky enough to live in a day and age where we can be concerned about our dogs’ physical fitness and overall health.  Sadly, we also live in a day and age where pet obesity is more common than ever before.  Fat dogs are labeled as cute and pudgy, instead...

So You Think You Want a Working Dog

Picture this scenario, you and your family just went to see the movie Max.  It’s a great little story about a Belgian Malinois that was formerly a MWD (military war dog).  Through a crazy series of events this malinois ends up with your everyday family.  While...

So You Want to Get Started in Rally Obedience

Rally obedience is a dog sport where handler and dog work together as a team to navigate a course with different obedience stations.  In rally obedience extra commands are not penalized and you are allowed to pat your leg, praise, talk to, and encourage your dog...

How to Train the Perfect Dog

I’m normally not one for spoilers, but there is no such thing as the perfect dog.  You can train 8 hours a day 365 days a year, and you will not have the perfect dog.  As a dog trainer, that’s a pretty tough thing for me to admit.  I like to provide my...

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses…75% of being a dog trainer

When I first decided to offer my dog training services to the general public I envisioned the opportunity to help owners achieve their goals they thought were impossible.  I thought my clients would all love the opportunity to get the results they were never able to...

Buying a Purebred Puppy-How to Choose a Breeder

I sat in a small room with a group of “dog-savvy” people. An equal mixture of pet-people, working-dog people, and show people. A person I’d known from different obedience trials started to talk excitedly about how she had recently put a deposit down...