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Annie Phenix is a Colorado-based positive reinforcement dog trainer and author. She believes that the goal of any training philosophy should be to build a solid foundation without pain but with human wisdom and leadership based on the science of how animals learn. Read on to learn how you can build a solid foundation without […]

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  • Dogster Interviews: We Chat with Dog Trainer Pat Miller

    3 Jan 2014

    From her home base on 80 acres she calls Peaceable Paws and Pastures in Hagerstown, Maryland, dog trainer and behavior consultant Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, has reached into every area of the training industry, including punishment-based training (we’ll get to that in a minute). She’s a respected pro who trains other dog trainers; a highly successful author […]

  • 8 Ways That I’m an Admittedly “Soft” Dog Trainer

    20 Nov 2013

    A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment. – John Wooden I won’t ever forget the back porch conversation I had a few years ago with a punishment-based dog trainer. “You’re a soft trainer,” she informed me. “That’s the difference between us.” I smiled wide and agreed with her, even though I […]

  • This Psychologist’s Border Collie Can Put Away Her Toys by Name — All 1,022 of Them

    20 Nov 2013

    Blind and deaf Helen Keller needed her teacher, Anne Sullivan, to learn to speak. It happened when Sullivan ran Keller’s hand under running water and then repeatedly spelled out w-a-t-e-r on her palm. Learning to communicate the way all other humans communicate — through language — changed Keller’s life. Chaser with Darwin, one of her […]