Monthly Archives: April 2015

UKC Dog Shows

(I have also done Agility in the UKC but this piece focuses just on conformation and Juniors). I began showing in United Kennel Club conformation when my son was a toddler.  I have finished two UKC Champions, helped finish a … Continue reading

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Where Do They Come From? Animals In Shelters

Adapted from Northern Va Today _______________________________________________ How many people blame breeders for unwanted animals?  The reason there are unwanted pets are the people purchasing or adopting animals.  It does not matter if you get your pet from the best breeder … Continue reading

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Thinking Outside the Cookie Jar: Finding Reinforcers for the “Unreinforcable”

It pains me to hear dog owners who have been through different trainers and upset because their dogs have “failed.” Some had been told their dogs were unable to be trained, not willing to focus and dumb. Some owners, at … Continue reading

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They Are Not Perfect – Part 3

This is the final installment of the pieces I wrote for the paper so reader can see that trainers’ dogs are not perfect.  And heck, stuff happens.  I did not add too much to this one before posting here.  Just … Continue reading

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They Are Not Perfect – Part 2

THIS IS NO REPLACEMENT FOR A GOOD TRAINER OR BEHAVIORIST To assume a trainer’s dogs are perfect because they live with trainers would be analogous to saying a teacher’s children will get full scholarships to Ivy League Colleges because their … Continue reading

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They Are Not Perfect – Part 1

Yet another piece – well a short series – I wrote for the local paper and am sharing here in an expanded form. __________________________________________ “Well what would you know about living with problem dogs?  You’re a trainer! Your dogs must … Continue reading

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