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On the joy of training your dog

As the Behavior Program Coordinator at the Siskiyou Humane Society, it's been my privilege over the years to meet many very fine young people, and be a mentor for some of them.  I remember (would I could forget) myself as a teenager, a troubled bundle of awkwardness, lack of confidence, desire to fit in and passion to become my own person.  I remember those few adults who took the time to give me something of themselves, who listened to me, who I felt "understood" me, and how valuable they were in my life.

On Spring, Love, Dogs and Volcanos

Oh, it's so good to be back!  As many of you know, last summer a detached retina put me on somewhat limited training duty.  Four eye surgeries later, my vision is a working sensory array again, and I'm super excited to be getting ready for the new training season.  I'm also stoked to be able to offer a brand-new course that I think everyone will enjoy and benefit from: You vs. the Volcano: Reaching Behavior Success with Your High Energy Dog(more on that in a moment.

Foundations in Behavior & Training starts March 21

It's official--Foundation in Behavior & Trainingwill begin on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 6-9 pm.  The course will be held in Mt. Shasta, exact location TBA.

One of the neat things about putting a new course together is that I get to research, refresh and renew my knowledge and understanding in the field of dog training.  A lot of the science has been around for a very long time, but areas like genetics and neuroscience in particular are wide and woolly frontiers.  Exploring the cutting edge of these disciplines as they relate to applied animal behavior leads to some exciting gems of discovery, ways of looking at our beloved companions from a fresh--and potentially revealing--perspective.

Behavior "Chopped"

As many of you know, in addition to working at the Siskiyou Humane Society and my own private practice, I have over the years had the privilege of mentoring budding and beginning dog trainers.  And I've had the honor of getting to work with many long-term clients who have been bitten by the "training bug" and want to go beyond just teaching Sit or Down.  I have often wished--with them and with the Staff at the shelter--that I could distill into a magic pill all the knowledge and whatever wisdom I've gained in my twelve year adventure as a dog trainer and behavior geek.
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