Watch It

It’s important to me to be able to share my training methods with people. When we got our dog, Glimmer, we made a promise to the adopters that we would keep them updated about her life to the best of our abilities.  One of the ways we honored that promise was to set up a YouTube channel for her. We got her when she was just 4 weeks old; at 5 weeks of age, she started learning Basic Obedience.

Over the past three years, Glimmer has grown and advanced in ways I could never have imagined. Since late spring of 2015, we have had a few new animals come into our lives for training, and she has proven to be an amazing teacher and helper with all of them. I shared those training videos on her YouTube channel to not only pay tribute to the hard work she does for me, but also, to show others how awesome she is.

Now, those videos are available to you, too, so you can see how I train. I’ve put the link to Glimmer’s YouTube channel on the sidebar. Please visit her channel – and if you like the videos, please leave a comment there.  I’d love to hear from you!


Walk It Off

Before starting and after finishing a training session, you can really help your dog by taking her out for a brisk walk.  Doing this a minimum of 30 minutes before a training class helps drain out excess energy so it’s easier for your dog to focus. Taking the dog for a brisk walk after class also helps them drain out pent-up energy so they aren’t all revved up with nowhere to release to.  Even more importantly, walking your dog before and after training class facilitates an additional benefit of creating positive associations for your dog.  If Fido knows he’s going to get a good walk before and after he works, he’s going to want to do whatever he has to do to get that reward.

There are other ways of draining out excess energy before and after working.  How do you go about it?


Teaching your dog to be well-behaved can be challenging, especially if you’re a first-time dog owner and you don’t know where to begin. I understand completely – and that’s one of the reasons why I’m here.

If you’re like most dog owners, you want to do right by your dog, and being able to find a variety of suggestions, ideas, and tips from a variety of trainers is an important part of your ability to create and maintain mutual trust, respect, and loyalty between you and your dog.

This site is currently under construction, but over time, training videos, tips, suggestions, and more will be appearing.  I hope you’ll check back often, and maybe even drop me a line in the Comments.

Thanks, and have a great day!