Crossover Story: Michelle Borchardt

Michelle and Safari

“It’s my passion to bring people and pets together.” Michelle Borchardt RVT, KPA-CTP generously shared her story with us. Michelle is the Behavior Technician and Trainer for UC Davis’ Behavior Service. Her main interest is expanding awareness of humane training methods for all animals, as well as low-stress restraint in the veterinary industry.   How…

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New Neighborhood, New Challenges, New Success!

I asked him to pose for a serious picture for a second. This was his best take.

It has been a while since I wrote about my dogs so before I dive into this dog’s big success today, let me explain a little bit about his history. Loker, this 5.5yr old husky/shepherd mix, spent his first 2.5 years of life in a shelter and was adopted out twice (and returned twice) before…

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Traveling With Pups

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This past year has been a year of learning. I started a new job at a dog daycare/school facility, attended my first APDT conference, started a new blog, and ended the year by deciding to move across the U.S. At the end of March, we packed up everything we owned into a trailer and loaded…

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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!

clark the corgi

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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