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*I am currently not accepting new clients as I am moving.  I will continue my dog training business in sunny Huntington Beach, California in the summer of 2014.



  1. Sheri Wise says:

    Hi Karen. I adopted what I thought was a 2 year old dog from Operation Kindness, but upon closer inspection by my vet, he is closer to 6-8 months old. He had tapeworm and a bacterial infection which kept him from acting puppy-ish.

    Now that he is 100% well, he is definately a puppy — something I didn’t want or know what to do with. Having said all that, I fell in love with him and of course keep him.

    But now I need help. He has no manners and I have no idea what to do. I started training him by myself with a sit and down, which he learned quickly. I think he is really smart (don’t all Moms think that of their babies?) But I need to help him be more acceptable. He jumps on people, barks like a crazy dog at nothing and is generally a puppy.

    Don’t know if private classes or group class would be best. Need your advice.



    • Karen says:

      Sounds like he first needs help with his “home manners.” I’d show you some tricks to stop him from jumping on you and your guests, and show you a hand-feeding technique to keep his little brain working while he’s eating his meals. Also figure out why he’s barking and ways to stop that. Maybe two home visits. After you get him under control in your house, a group class would be fun for both of you.

  2. Lynne says:

    I tried emailing, but it wouldn’t go through. Sorry to post this long message!
    You came highly recommended by Maureen at What a Great Dog Training Center in Frisco. She thought you could help me out.
    I have a complex case that I need some help with. I’m staying with my mom who has a new puppy. I also have a puppy along with a 2.5 year old chihuahua mix who is a rescue. My rescue dog was very scared and anxious when I got him 2 years ago. He is getting better, but my previous vet thought it would be a good idea to get a dog with the opposite personality to help calm him down.
    We have had all of the dogs together since 12/27/13. The rescue plays with them well, but sometimes gets possessive over me and will attack them when they try to sit in my lap and around food.
    My rescue is fearful, sometimes anxious, and if he gets out of the house, he won’t come and just runs away scared. He isn’t as scared as when I first got him, but he still needs help.
    I don’t know if I should bring them all in together, or start with my rescue. I really need some help and direction!
    Thanks for your time!
    Lynne Opperman

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    • Karen says:

      It was nice meeting you, your mom and all your adorable pups! Hopefully the things we covered in our session will help your rescue feel safe with you as the Pack Leader, and that the management techniques will help with the adorable puppies.

  3. lizz mckean says:

    are you leaving Dallas or do you have a timeframe of beginning puppy training classes over summer?

  4. Karen says:

    I’m sorry but I am leaving Dallas on 5/20. You might check the Operation Kindness website and look under Pet Tips. Maybe you can enroll your pup in a class…

  5. Ryan says:

    Hi Karen,
    I see you’ve moved and are not taking new clients in the DFW area. Good luck in California. But I thought I’d ask if you have any of your former competitors that you’d recommend. We just adopted a very sweet pointer mix named Hank. Going to be out of town for a week this summer and want to send him to a training school that can board him. He’s house trained and can follow directions and is great on walks, but we need to work on not jumping on people and chewing only toys. Do you have any ideas of great places to send him? Thanks -Ryan

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