How I Became a Dog Trainer – Part 2

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Bev Maahs KPACTP Don’t forget to read Part I! After a long recovery from her surgeries, we continued to take Breezy out, and socialize her to new places. This was not  letting her go meet dogs, but showing her new places! We moved to a city because we bought a house, so she had to…

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How I Became A Dog Trainer

Here is my first contribution to Cross Over Trainer. Bev Maahs KPACTP Working in a job, I was not getting job satisfaction from,  I decided it was time to do what I really wanted to do, and that was train dogs.  I did not have a dog at the time, my husband thought we should get…

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A New Addition to The Crossover Trainer Blog

I reached out to my subscribers to find someone who would be interested in writing for this blog regularly along with me and I was blown away when I saw who signed up! Consider this the formal introduction of Bev Maahs to the Crossover Trainer Blog! Bev has been a reader for a while now…

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The Curse of Knowledge – What Force-Free Trainers Need to Understand

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The last two years have truly been a blast. I love sharing what I learn as I improve my dog training skills and have enjoyed your support and encouragement. 2014 has brought new realizations to me and so the blog will be taking a bit of a twist. As I learn about dog training, I’m…

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My New Laissez-faire Attitude!


I’m fed up with micromanaging. I’m learning that at some point, you just have to let things go and hope for the best. I can’t get caught up in every little thing the dogs do that might not be “appropriate” or correct. It’s exhausted me and brought me to this point. I’m Done Babysitting For…

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Smart Dogs Fake Relaxation

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It may or may not come as a surprise to learn that dogs will try to fake relaxation – especially those who know how to manipulate their behavior to get rewards (dogs who love clicker training). My dog happens to be wicked smart. I jokingly call him my “socially awkward nerd.” He is reactive on…

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Professionalism & Networking

This week has been really fun and exciting! I’ve had the chance to meet some new people who are leaders in the dog training industry. Like in other industries, I think being a professional involves meeting and making connections with other people in your field. Dog training can be a tough field to network in…

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The Missing Link – Training My Reactive Dog

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Over the past year, I’ve been working really hard to change my dog’s behavior towards other dogs, but I feel I’ve made little progress. He has mastered his obedience skills, but he still can barely control himself at the site of another dog and he will react if the other dog is anything but calm…

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