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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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  • Meet Paul Owens, the Original Dog Whisperer

    17 Jul 2014

    Are you surprised to learn that there are, in fact, two dog whisperers? And that their messages are at opposite ends of the dog-training spectrum? Professional dog trainer Paul Owens first called himself the Dog Whisperer more than 17 years ago. He has helped more than 10,000 dog owners train dogs using a nonviolent and compassionate approach. Owens has […]

  • Why Are People Spending Thousands on Bogus Allergy Alert Dogs?

    30 Jun 2014

    “Have you ever seen a child go into anaphylactic shock?” Christine Clifford, the mother of two sons with severe peanut allergies, asks me. (I haven’t.) “You are literally watching your children begin to die.” READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE:  http://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/peanut-sniffing-dogs

  • Freedom-constrained Fido: Off-leash dogs in Durango are OK only at Dog Park

    21 May 2014

    By Sarah Mueller Herald staff writer Annie Phenix, dog trainer with Phenix Dogs at the Durango Dog College, answers questions about dog etiquette:What should a good pet owner know about picking up after his or her pet? “First of all, with the city, it’s illegal not to. Rule No. 1 if your dog goes to the bathroom, […]