Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Exciting News!

OK, so it's exciting for me!  I have finally found a space to call my own and will be taking clients and holding classes INDOORS starting November 1st!

I will be occupying the basement space at 20 Beherrall St in Concord MA that was formerly used by the Concord Dog Training Club.

Please see my group class schedule for information on new group classes.

Of course I will still offer in home private training for your dogs and puppies, but this also gives me the flexibility to have group classes for Graduate Puppy, Rally, Beginner Rescue as well as some new offerings like Trick Training and Wag It Games!

All of my indoor classes will be rolling admission classes which means you can join at any time provided there is space available.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Off to the APDT educational conference!

Each year I choose one educational conference to attend.  This year the Association of Professional Dog Trainers is holding their conference in Hartford, so the choice was easy.  It is also my favorite conference because it is the largest gathering of dog trainers I typically go to.  Often we will have over 600 participants, and the opportunities to learn from the presenters as well as from one another are endless!

This year I am looking forward to learning from some of the best people in the industry.  I will be attending a day long course on Dog Behavior in the Field by Sue Sternberg.  You can read about her by clicking here if you are interested in knowing more.

I be participating in a hands on workshop on Advanced Behavior Techniques and Practices put on by the IAABC, another professional dog training organization.

In addition I will also be doing  a hands on Trick Training for Behavior Problems program, so be ready for me to start pushing trick training - not that I don't already do that!  :-)

And those are only the special sessions I've signed up for!  I will also have the opportunity to see Patricia McConnell, Ian Dunbar, Emma Parsons, Christopher Pachel, Gail Fisher, Rise Van Fleet and Sumac Grant Johnson to speak.

As always I continue to be fascinated by the learning process of dogs and strive to bring you my best understanding of the latest learning and techniques.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dr. Sophia Yin

For many of us in the profession of dog training, this week is especially sad.  Dr. Sophia Yin passed away, she was a leader in the world of dog behavior, non-stress veterinary handling and non-force training.  I met her only once but have relished everything she wrote and know that her presence will be greatly missed.

My heart is heavy with her loss.

Here is one short look at some of the work she did.

Sophia Yin on Dominance Theory