What is a Service Dog and Why Does It Matter? TT 71

Jan 21, 2020

Yes, I am going to get on my soapbox for this one, you were given fair warning!

Time and time again I see people with “service dogs”, but are they REALLY service dogs?

We see it when out to eat at restaurants, dogs sitting next to their owners, being fed off the table.  Dogs at the mall, pulling on the leash, being petted by all those that will pay attention, or even worse trying to attack an actual service dog that is on site working with their handler (yes I have witnessed this).

THESE ARE NOT SERVICE DOGS!  I see this and I get so mad.  A true service dog performs a task for their owners, they have a job to do and they take it very seriously.

People who put a vest on their dogs because they want to take them everywhere….shame on them.  People who do this are ruining the public perception of what an actual service dog is and does.

A true service dog does not sit on a seat at the table getting fed, they do not pull on the leash to say hi to...

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Life Can Be A Drag - Line That Is!

Jan 14, 2020

Today I am going to share a tip with you…it is time to make a dragline!

So, what is a drag line you ask?  It can be as simple as an old leash cut down to 2-3 feet or so. 

Don’t have an old leash, then a piece of 550 cord works great, or even an old clothesline line…do people still have those?

Basically, you want a thin, lightweight cord that your pup can drag around the house without getting tangled up.

If using an old leash, you need to cut the handle, this will ensure that your puppy does not get hung up on the furniture.  Also never leave your pup unattended with a drag line on, that is just a recipe for disaster.

Keeping in mind that a drag line is typically not “training”, it is management and acclimation.

So, in what way is using a dragline handy?

  • Scenario #1 - your dog is staying juuuust out of reach, because he does not want to be caught. You can calmly place your foot on the line, allowing you to catch him.
  • Scenario #2 - your...
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6 Dog Tips for Holiday Success - TT68

Dec 24, 2019

The holidays can be overwhelming for our pampered pooches, our goal is to make is go as smoothly as possible!

Here are 6 tips to help your dog of any age have success this holiday season!

#1 Create a Private Space

Whether you are home or traveling, ensuring that your pup has a place that will ensure good choices is important.  What is more tempting and distracting than platters of holiday food.  Being proactive to give your dog intentional breaks from the festivities to allow them to decompress can help with their success.

Putting their bed or crate in a bedroom or other quiet area can be helpful.  Puzzle toys or food stuffed toys can help keep your pup occupied and provide some relaxing mental stimulation.

Giving your pup breaks before they actually need it will help with the overwhelm and keep the festivities positive for everyone…two and four legged.

#2 Prep for Travel

If you are hitting the road this season and want to take your four-legged friend, make...

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13 Safe Diffuser Blends for the Holidays TT67

Dec 17, 2019

This weeks blog is short and sweet... I have a freebie download for you (woooohooooooo!).

Check out our diffuser recommendations for a sweet smelling holiday home.

Even better, the doTERRA oils used are safe for your pets!  Remember when using oils in your home whether it be for diffusing, using topically or given internal, it is important to read your labels to ensure that you are doing what is safe for your family.  The quality of oils used can make a huge difference in safety for you and your pets, this is why I only use and recommend doTERRA.

Download your Holiday Diffuser Blend freebie here!!

Always remember....safety first, when diffusing allow your pets to leave the room if they desire.   ~ Bree

PS. if you don't have a doTERRA wholesale account and want to save some money when purchasing, reach out to the person who introduced you OR reach out to me!  To check out the specific oils on our freebie, feel free to visit my doTERRA retail site, click the...

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Buying Your Puppy TT66

Dec 10, 2019

As a trainer I am blessed to be in the lives of many families who have trained with me again and again over many years as they add new pups to their families.

As part of that same relationship that we build, I often get asked about where to get a puppy.  When my families come to me, they are generally coming to me to add a new pet to their family, not looking for their next competition or show dog…though that does happen too.

Funny enough, my answer is always the same, regardless of WHAT you want your puppy for. 

Going to a reputable show breeder is the answer.  At the point that I mention a show breeder, many put up their guard and tell me that they “only want a pet”. 

That gives me the opportunity to educate.  The difference between a show puppy and a pet puppy, from the same litter can be miniscule.  It could be as an ear set that is just a little low, or maybe the ears are a little too big.  These things can make a difference...

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Puppy Scams and How to Avoid Them! TT#65

Dec 03, 2019

As we roll into this holiday season many will consider adding a new bundle of fluff to their home.  Now I am not one that actually supports having that puppy magically show up under the tree for the kids, but that is a topic for another day.

What I do want to chat about today are the RED FLAG warnings that you as the consumer needs to be very aware of, when shopping for a puppy.

Red Flag Warnings:

  • When searching online the same ad comes up again and again.

  • The seller is asking you to wire money or pay by sending gift cards. Once you wire money, there is no way of getting it back.  Gift cards is just shady all around.

  • The seller is not willing to get on the phone with you and will only communicate by email. Fraudulent sellers are often times outside of the US, hence they will not give a phone number.

  • The price is just too good to be true. Do your homework, find out what the going rate for the breed you are interested in is going for. If the price is too good to be...
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Counter Surfing TT#64

Nov 26, 2019

Do you know a dog that likes to put their front feet up on the counters to “window shop”, or maybe they are blatant and they steal items to have a tasty snack?

Needless to say, this can happen whether you are in the room or not.

Today I am going to give you some recommendations to help!

#1 It is time to get super “tidy”, its sucks, but it is necessary.  Put everything away, loaves of bread, butter, wipe up the crumbs…you name it, your counter needs to be spotless.

#2 Teach a Leave It, for those of you in our online membership, this lesson goes live on Dec 12th.  If you are not yet part of our online membership, our doors will be opening again soon, for more info and to get on our waitlist check it out here!

#3 Set your dog up.  Sadly, your dog will not learn to leave the items on the counter unless we teach them it is a bad idea.  The methods used for this are a bit “old school”, but they are effective.  It is...

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DigestZen, Tamer and Stronger - Oh My! TT#63

Nov 19, 2019

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Jumping on Family TT#62

Nov 12, 2019

With the holidays quickly approaching, let’s talk about the elephant in the room….or in this case, the jumping dog in the room.

I actually get inundated with people reaching out as the holidays draw near, asking for assistance for just this problem.

Their well beloved pooch, gets overly excited when family comes to visit….heck even my dogs do it with my parents…never fails.  For the most part we laugh and think their antics are funny. 

BUT what happens when you have that house guest who is afraid, or has frail skin? It is not so funny anymore.

Ok, let’s consider why dogs jump.  They do it mostly for attention…it is that simple.  The problem is when they are jumping and we reach down to pet them OR even to push them away, we are reinforcing the behavior.

Any time we look at them, touch them, push them away, these are all reinforcers for the majority of dogs.  Yes, it is important to actually teach your dog how to stay...

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Handful of Cookies....Now What? TT#61

Nov 05, 2019

You are all set up, your training your dog.  What to do with your off side hand that is full of cookies?

I know this sounds kinda strange, but when you are training your dog using food, many times we like to hold cookies in our “off side hand”, I know I do it all the time.

So why is it important to be aware of this potential problem?

Our dogs are super smart (not that you need me to tell you that), and they can often gauge what is going to happen next by watching our body language, which often includes that off side hand.

So what do you do?  You actually have a few choices…. 

#1    Keep that hand behind you.  This will take the temptation out of view, make it easier for your dog to focus on the task at hand.

#2.   Use a treat bag.  I know, this sounds super simple, but sometimes the simplest things are what we need to do for success. 

#3.   Put the cookies on the counter, shelf ect.  Again, a...

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