Ariana’s Crossover Over Journey: Going All In

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This crossover dog trainer shares her story. Ariana Rodriguez, ABCDT, has generously shared her story with us. She owns and operates Stellar Canines in Texas. She has been training for over 5 years and competes in AKC Obedience and Rally.  What prompted you to start learning about positive reinforcement training? Dog Scouts of America Texas…

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My Experience As A Puppy At The APDT Conference in Hartford

APDT Conference 2014

This week I attended my very first conference. The 2014 APDT Conference is an annual dog training conference held by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. They had over 900 attendees! Here are the 5 best things I got from the conference. Networking This benefit is a given, but I don’t mean to use the term “networking”…

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Certifications DogSafe First Aid and Low Stress Handling

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One of the certification I am renewing this October is DogSafe First Aid course which is a wonderful compliment to any business, whether dog trainer to dog walkers. It is also a great educational course any pet owner should take. First aid is always great to know whether for human or dogs, and face it,…

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Certifications-Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners

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Dog Trainer Certifications I always recommend the Karen Pryor course, because since I have been taken the course and become a Certified Training Partner.  It is the best decision I have made for a great foundation. Any courses or extra education I have is built upon this course. Continuing education and learning is a requirement to…

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The Realities of Raising a Gremlin.. Err… Puppy!

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As someone who doesn’t want children, raising a puppy has solidified those feelings. After all, at least I can crate a puppy! Raising a puppy has taught me a new level of patience and frustration. Unfortunately and fortunately for me, I chose a working-type puppy to raise the first time around. He has amazing work…

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Emergencies On Walks – Have a Plan Before You Leave The House


Sometimes, taking your dog for a walk, is like taking a mission, from Mission Impossible….cue music now! First off, the series of events on this walk needs to be explained to most urban dwellers. I live in a small city on Vancouver Island, part of Canada, but literally an Island of the Coast of Canada.…

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Interactive Dog Toys for the Energetic Dog!


In todays world there are millions of dollars spent on pets, which toys are the most useful? Here are a few I have used and still do. Mental stimulation tires out your dog more than running your dogs. If you have a reactive dog, an older dog, or a pup that needs mental stimulation, this…

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So You Have a New Puppy! Now What?


Summer Time, or Any Season Really, Bringing Home a Puppy! First think through bringing home a puppy, do you have time to train? Time to teach it about life? Is everyone in the household going to help look after the puppy? If you have children, and a mom, chances are, this is one more ‘child’…

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