Why doTERRA! - Training Tuesday #1

Sep 05, 2018

Let's be honest, I have people ask me all the time "why doTERRA" and the simple answer is it works!  It works for me, my husband, my kids, and my pets.

 Ok, let's get down to the nitty gritty, so many people are put off because doTERRA is a "direct sales company", honestly I myself was not so sure when I went to my first class because I just didn't know.  I had used other brands of essential oils prior to that time and I honestly had not seen the results that everyone was so excited about.  This is what made me drag my feet about going to my first official class, up to that point, not a single person had ever offered to educate me in EO use, so I really had no clue what I was doing outside of trial and error.  As a professional trainer, I am sure you can see where that did not sit well with me.

 When I was introduced to doTERRA, it was a young company...and really it still is (we are celebrating our 10th anniversary this month).  When I was...

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Not All Trainers Are Created Equal - Training Tuesday #2

Aug 28, 2018

I don’t know about you, but in my years leading up to becoming a professional trainer I had the opportunity to work with many different types of trainers.  I can honestly say working with different trainers molded me into the trainer and animal person I am today.  

 It also taught me how I did and did not want to interact with my personal pets, which in turn is what led me to the want and need to share with others.

 I like to think that I have come a long way from that first training class that I attended as a twenty something with my first Rottie Maddy.  At the time I had no idea what was good or bad training methods and lets be honest, looking back, those teachings were dicey at best.  But we learn and we move on.

 I am what many consider a “cross over” trainer.  That basically means that I was taught correction based training originally, then I chose to learn a less invasive way of teaching skills....

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Heat Getting Your Pup Down? - Training Tuesday #3

Aug 21, 2018

Today's "hot" topic is going to be keeping your dog cool in this ridiculous heat.  Now, I know that it is not hot everywhere in the country right now, but for us wimpy So Cal kids, it is just muggy and hot!  

So I thought I would share 3 tips for keeping your pups cool and entertained. 

#1  My dogs love their raised pet cot, I actually have them in the house, but they could easily be used outside (and should if you pup is out during the day).  The raised bed allows the air to circulate around them, plus they hose off for easy cleaning.

#2 For those pups that are water lovers, this fun water sprinkler is as entertaining for them as it is for you!  What I have found, make sure you pick it up after you are done.  Mine thought it would be a great idea to try and drag it around the yard! 

#3  Does your dog like to eat ice?  Here is an optionthat will allow you to add some extra fun to...

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Seasonal Threats - Training Tuesday #4

Aug 14, 2018

I don't know about you, but I do have one dog that suffers from seasonal threats.  Funny enough, this all started later in life, just after she was spayed...coincidence?  Maybe.

 As sad as I am for this development in her health, really the bottom line is HOW to deal with it within the parameters that I want...which means keeping it natural.

I help MANY people in this realm, most do not come to me purposefully for this reason, I am not a vet.  But what happens, is they reach out to me for training on one level or another.  It could be basic skills to major behavior issues, and inevitably diet comes up in the conversation, which then leads to any potential health concerns and so on.  I specialize in the WHOLE dog, as I find that everything goes hand in hand.

 So, what did I do for my girl?  I really wanted to get down to the base of the problem, which so many people tend to avoid, trying to band aid the situation.  I am a firm believer...

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Does Your Dog Need Rattlesnake Avoidance Training? - Training Tuesday #5

Aug 07, 2018

Today I bring to you the "hot topic" of Rattlesnake Avoidance Training.  I want to share the in's and out's of what it really is and why you are the one that makes the ultimate choice for your furry friend. 

I will be very honest with you, in the positive dog training community, I have been in serious hot water with other trainers for even offering this training. 

Let me explain why.....Rattlesnake Avoidance Training is punishment based, which is not directly in line with how we train.  Without getting all sciency on you let me break it down.

The dog wears an electric collar (no, they are not shock collars), when the dog engages in one of 4 stations (baby snake, rattle rock, shed skin, adult snake) there is a correction made.  The point is to create a startle response.  This does not mean turning the collar all the way up scaring the holy heck out of the dog.  That is actually NOT what we want.  When a dog is scared beyond...

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Vaccinations - Training Tuesday #6

Jul 31, 2018

Today has been a busy one...hence my late in the day post.  

I tend to be on the conservative side when it comes to vaccinations. In my business I allow them to show a titer as proof to start class and to come and stay in our home.

If you are not familiar with a titer, I challenge you to check it out and form your own opinion on the topic.

 Here is an article that will give you some food for thought.

 What are your thoughts on vaccinations? Visit our FB Business page to get in on the chatter!  www.facebook.com/pawsitiveprinciples

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EO's and Dogs...They May Surprise You - Training Tuesday #7

Jul 24, 2018

Today I want to talk about introducing EO's to your dogs. I am blessed to have a thriving online business helping people and their pets, but what is even more fun is when I get to meet with them in person! 

First a little back story that prompted my share today. Last night I met with one of my private clients with their 3 frenchies, two of the dogs are sibling males, and they are having some behavioral issues, to include fighting. Our first consultation was spent discussing the situation, recognizing the triggers, and the modifications that needed to happen to move forward. This included a diet change, crates being used for eating and sleeping, time out protocols and more. I am happy to share that they did an excellent job moving forward from our first visit a week ago.

On our second visit (last night) we moved into additional skills sets, tweaked what we had going to taylor the behavior modification to what they dogs needed, as well as introducing 4 different calming oils to...

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Canine Enrichment - Training Tuesday #8

Jul 10, 2018

With all this crazy heat in So Cal, I thought it would be a good option to talk about "enrichment". The idea being that you give you dogs something to do while cooped up in the house, so they do not drive you crazy. 

Now, maybe you are blessed with the little angel that will just hang out all day....but maybe life is not that simple. This post is for YOU.

I wanted to share some of my favorite options outside of the "norm" (you know...chewing on a bone ect).

Here are some options, some free, some not so much.

Petmate Diggin Diner is a fun interactive food bowl for your pup.  This helps decrease eating time, making them "work" for their food.       

You can also make the homemade version with some scrap wood, wooden dowels and some empty 2 liter bottles:


If your dog is not into pushing things around, you can always go with the "Licki Mat".  This is a great option to smoosh banana, canned food, peanut butter ect into the grooves for...

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Staying Safe on the 4th - Training Tuesday #9

Jul 03, 2018

The 4th of July is upon us, time for fun filled BBQ's with friends and family, chillin' by the pool (if you are one of the lucky ones :), with a cold beverage in hand, enjoying the fireworks synchronized to music.

Have you thought about what your dogs think about the fireworks?  Loud, scary, unpredictable, flashes of light in the sky.  They are just not something they encounter on a daily basis, so desensitizing or counter conditioning a negative response can be challenging.  This leads me to the question....have you thought about what you are going to do with your pets during this time? 

We all like to THINK we are prepared, I can say that with some authority.  Let me share a story with you from about 20 years ago.  At the time we had two rotties Maddy and Voughton.  They were in the house secure....or so we thought.  This was before children, and lets be honest, we didn't have too many rules back then.  I should mention...

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Crate Safely - Training Tuesday #10

Jun 26, 2018

Last week we chatted about car safety, and dove into harnesses.  This week lets talk about crates for the home and travel.  

My dogs love their crates, we have crates set up in our home for each of our dogs, giving them a safe spot to eat and sleep.  The use of crates is also my preferred method of travel.  A well fitted crate will give your dog plenty of room to lay down, turn around, and stand up.  For car travel, I highly recommend strapping the crate down (some cars come with tie down options in the cargo area, others they can be added) to ensure that it will not move with sudden braking or worse an accident. 

Over the years I have used many different crating options from the hard plastic (vari kennels), to SUV wire (made narrow to fit properly into your car), regular wire, plus soft crates.  I would LOVE to own an Impact Crate, Rough Tuff Crate, or a Gunner Kennel. One of these options will be mine in the future..... I just...

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