How do you train a dog to behave at a kids’ sporting event?  

As a trainer, I often get this question from my clients with children.  Is it ok to bring my puppy to the soccer game?  When he’s there all he does is jump on people and try to nip them and it’s hard to manage.  Should I just keep bringing him until he grows out […]

By |April 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dogsicles Recipe

Your dog will love you for this dogsicle recipe that will help him keep cool in the hot, muggy DC weather. All dogsicles must be supervised and removed when necessary.


Large plastic container (about 4 times larger than dog’s mouth)
Low/No sodium chicken broth Small dog treats/kibble
non-stick spray
Dry dog food, or other bits of tasty treats

Spray […]

Do you need a doggy doula? – Baby On The Way

Are you planning for the arrival of a new little one? Me too! As I plan for the arrival of my child in July, I think about all the recent new parents and families that I work with in adapting their dogs to the arrival of a new little one, a human little one (one […]

Neutering & Behavior: the Classroom Response

Every once in a while, during class instruction we get a question that usually requires time, thought and even a thorough discussion about who/what/when/why the dog parent is asking.

However, when we are in the middle of teaching a group class, it’s a challenge to give a proper answer. So this series of posts will be […]

Snow Day Puzzle Toy

It never gets old to give your dog a new toy or activity to do in the home.

If it’s:
✔ rainy
✔ snowy
✔ icey
✔ you aren’t feeling well
✔ Veterinarian said keep dog calm post-surgery

Lots of good reasons to make your own puzzle toy! This video is an oldie but goodie, enjoy.

Responsible Dog Walking

What is Responsible Dog Walking?

A recent discussion on a neighborhood list serve brought up a debate about picking up your dog’s poop. Some owners use other lawns to potty their dog and as long as they picked it up, thought it was fine. Other neighbors thought that lawns are people’s property and dogs should […]

60 seconds at a dog park

In my 10 minutes watching from the outside of a dog park this past Saturday morning, I whipped out my iPhone to start taking video. Let’s be very clear, if it was awesome, healthy, happy, play, I would have also taken video. But it wasn’t and, not to ruin the punchline, it usually isn’t.

My […]

Did Sheldon Cooper get it wrong?

I am a late adopter of Big Bang Theory. I mean why haven’t I been watching this show for years? The upside? I have years of reruns to watch in the middle of the night or at odd times. If I stumble upon the show there is a good chance I haven’t seen the episode.

I happen […]

By |October 14th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is the best breed?

Is one of the first questions I get asked when a family is looking to bring a dog home.

The short answer: It’s less about type of dog but how the dog behaves in and around your family, environment and lifestyle.

Sure, I can sterotype a bunch of breed-types but I also have plenty of  experiences that break […]

By |August 6th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Swim like a DAWG!

Catch my article in NoVA Dog Magazine’s summer issue? Well ya should! There is a contest going on so you win a free swim at the Clifton farm. Simply share a picture of your dog this summer around water.. in any way, by August 1st. You will be entered for a drawing that will […]

By |July 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments