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Mar 2018
February Books in Review

Hi Everybody! This year I plan to read and review 52 books on a variety of topics: dogs, dog training, entrepreneurship, finances and more. If you missed the January Books #1-6 in Review, click here. Below you’ll find the books I read this month. Comments and questions welcome! Book #7 “The Amazing Afterlife of Animals” by Karen Anderson This is a fantastic book. It has solid background information and good content with an easy flow that’s enjoyable to read. Regardless of your personal beliefs in regards to the afterlife, I think it’s important to open......

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Feb 2018
FAQ: About Feeding Raw

I am a firm believer in feeding a raw meat diet to dogs. Here’s how I got started: Growing up, I fed my dog Iams dog food. Then when I became a dog trainer, I realized Iams was junk so I started researching kibble and switched over to Blue dog food. After seeing all the recalls, I switched again to Taste of the Wild but when their prices went up, I did some compare vs contrast with other brands and found that Canidae offer the same quality for a 1/4 less cost......

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Feb 2018
January Books in Review

Hi Everybody,  One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to read 52 books by year’s end. I wasn’t planning on reviewing them, but as I shared feedback on Instagram (@dogtraineramy) lots of people DM’d me, thanking me and asking me to continue reviewing books. That sprung the idea of writing a monthly book review on the books I read that month. I’ll try to keep it brief, just so you get the gist of what I think. I’ll also include stats (number of pages, number of typos and a 1-5 star rating based......

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Feb 2018

On February 2nd, 2018, one of my good friends lost two of his dogs in a horrific hiking accident. What happened to Frank and his wife is something that should never happen to anyone, and yet it seems that bad things happen to good people. Anubis and Siri fell through the ice on a semi-frozen lake in a remote area and couldn’t escape. Nothing Frank did could save them. They fought for an hour to stay alive, and finally their bodies gave out. I don’t want to talk about the way they......

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Oct 2017

Retail delivery! This photo cracks me up because it’s the epitome of balanced training. As a balanced trainer, I am not limited by a predefined set of rules dictating what I can and cannot use to help train a dog. Everything is in my arsenal, and it’s up to my knowledge, judgment and experience to determine what is best to use and when etc.  That said, I must take a moment to point out that, unfortunately, all balanced trainers are not created equal. There are so-called balanced trainers out there who don’t......

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Sep 2017
The Valor Pack: Yedi's Story

Last but not least is our fourth and youngest dog, Yedi! Yedi is a two-year-old Australian Shepherd who we purchased from a reputable breeder in Tennessee called Lobos Australian Shepherds. We got pick of the litter and picked the most confident pup who showed the most courage and drives. He also happened to be the cutest puppy (in our opinion, of course) being a beautiful blue merle with dramatic copper trim. We picked up Yedi at 8 weeks old in December 2014 from the breeder and absolutely fell in love with his cute......

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Aug 2017
Going Back to the Basics: Re-training 'Rusty' Dogs

We’ve all been there before. We train our dog to an impeccable level of obedience – first time obedience, great focus, solid eye contact, bombproof training – and then, well, life gets in the way. This happens…that happens…and before you know it it’s been six months and you find yourself repeating commands, your dog has become complacent and sloppy, and you’re frustrated that all your hard work has been for ‘nothing.’ Or so you think. Yes, your dog’s training has gone down the toilet, but the good news is that it’s really easy to get your dog......

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Aug 2017
The Valor Pack: Havok's Story

Hello Everybody! Of all my dogs, Havok’s story has already been pretty well-documented. In fact, I kept a running blog post for the first several months of Havok’s life. If you want to read all about his puppy story, click here. I carefully researched German Shepherd breeders for several months and finally made the decision to place a deposit on pick male from the Kat x Barry litter at Sequoyah German Shepherds. Sequoyah is well-known for breeding dogs that have excellent health, temperament, pedigrees and working abilities. I did my best to......

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Aug 2017
Frequently Asked Questions: About Becoming A Dog Trainer (part 3)

Hopefully y’all got a lot of great information out of the last two posts. Last week, I asked you guys via Facebook what questions you have about becoming a dog trainer. In this post, I’m going to share your questions and my answers! Question #1: “When it comes to behavioral modification, is it difficult to communicate with the dog’s owners when it comes to more severe issues, or have you found the most are willing to listen?” – Kaitlyn Answer: When it comes to severe behavior issues, I try to explain things as simply as......

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Aug 2017
Frequently Asked Questions: About Becoming A Dog Trainer (part 2)

I feel it’s important to mention at this point that dog training is an open career field with no prerequisites. There is no overarching organization that requires you to be certified to train. You can literally go print business cards right now claiming to be a dog trainer, and you’ll be one. Doesn’t mean you’ll be any good, but that’s how unregulated this career field is. I recommend getting certified. The knowledge and experience you’ll gain, in addition to the credentials you’ll have later on as a trainer, are important. Let’s fast forward now and......

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