Training Philosophy

Ah, that dogs could be transformed into perfect dogs in 30 minutes’ time, like they are on TV. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way!

But sometimes it does! I’ve enjoyed watching new owners’ “Aha” moments after I’ve taught them a Dog Training tip that will elicit immediate good results in their dog’s behavior, usually it just takes a bit of time and consistency.

Sometimes we must “re-program” the dog’s mind. If, for example, your dog madly lunges and barks at other dogs while on a walk, it may be because he is scared or under- socialized. I can help you convince him that seeing another dog might be a good thing, and he can learn a different behavior besides barking and lunging. He will then stay calm and unreactive. And YOU will not be embarrassed!

If dogs growl and jump on each other, the new owners may get nervous and return the new dog. Yet, sometimes it just takes time to establish the Pack Order so everyone knows their place and can live in perfect harmony. I can teach you “Leadership Exercises” so the dogs will know that you are in charge and they don’t feel they have to fight it out among themselves.  I can show you how they can learn to enjoy being with each other.

I never use harsh techniques or shock collars, and being 5’1”, do not cut an imposing figure. Yet my big dogs know that I am the Leader.

Let me help you achieve Harmony and Happiness with your dogs.


  1. Gaby Cruz says:

    Hi I have a 4yr old Bichon Frise and he is stubborn,jealousy, and does not listen to me.
    I also wonder if you come to people’s houses because I do not drive.
    Please let me know.
    Gaby Cruz

    • Karen says:

      Gaby- where do you live? If you live close to me, I will come to your house.
      Dogs are not really stubborn–maybe just unmotivated. If we find what “floats their boat” we can get them to do just about anything. If your dog is not listening to you, there is a reason. We’ll have to show him how listening to you can be fun and rewarding. I will teach you how to communicate with your dog so he’ll understand and want to do what you want him to do.

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