Category: Author Annie

Ask the Trainer: How Can I Stop My Dog from Barking in the Car?

If your dog barks her head off during rides in the car, you have two training options for keeping her calm and quiet. A client recently asked me this question: I love my sweet Doberman mix, but he has one annoying habit: He barks his head off in the car. Is here anything I can do… Read more »

Ask a Trainer: How Can I Get My Dog to Stop Licking Me?

I recently received a question from a reader: My dog is perfect except for one problem: He’s constantly licking my hands and tries to lick my face. How can I convince him to stop doing this? Thanks! Jason, Tampa, FL Dear Jason, Thanks for you question, I find it salivating! Oh, sorry. The English major… Read more »

Ask a Trainer: How Can I Fix My Dog’s Severe Separation Anxiety?

I recently received a question from a reader: Please help! I’ve just adopted a darling dog I already love so much, but she has severe separation anxiety and has jumped out of windows when left alone, and she destroys my house. She has recently started lunging at dogs on leash, as well. I am worried… Read more »

Ask a Trainer: How Can I Fix My Dog’s Severe Separation Anxiety?

I recently received a question from a reader: Please help! I’ve just adopted a darling dog I already love so much, but she has severe separation anxiety and has jumped out of windows when left alone, and she destroys my house. She has recently started lunging at dogs on leash, as well. I am worried… Read more »

How to Use Food to Motivate Your Dog During Training

Here’s a question I recently received from a reader: I want to start training my older dog to do dog sports. I think she would enjoy it — and so would I — because she loves to run and jump and try new things. The problem is that she doesn’t seem to care about food… Read more »

Is My Dog Trying to Dominate by Going Out the Door First?

Here’s a question I recently received from a reader: I have a new, very large German Shepherd I recently adopted. He’s great in every way, but he does rush out the door in front of me. I have read that this is a sign of dominance. Is that true? How do I get him to… Read more »

What to Do When an Off-Leash Dog Approaches Your Leashed Dog

The most “liked” column I have written for Dogster was about why it is critical to observe leash laws. Nearly 20,000 of you clicked that button. The article struck a nerve because owners who flaunt these laws exist from coast to coast. Some of them angrily responded to my article, insisting they had every right… Read more »

Sanity in a barking-mad world

In January, five irrepressible dogs stood with their silent, nervous owners for Day 1 of Growly Dog Class. Despite careful partitions preventing the dogs from seeing each other, all four-footed creatures were nonetheless growling. The only human unperturbed by the canine cacophony was Annie Phenix, the formidable instructor and founder of Growly Dog Class. “Whenever… Read more »

Are You One of the Few Who Train Their Dog?

Less than five percent of owners attend a training class with their dog. We offer resources for the majority who don’t. As a professional dog trainer, I find it tragic that less than five percent of owners take their dog to a class. I don’t find it tragic for business reasons, as I live in… Read more »

Ask a Trainer: What Makes You a “Responsible” Dog Owner?

It’s Responsible Dog Ownership Month, so we’ve made a shortlist of 10 things that make a responsible dog owner. Do all these apply to you? So, September is Responsible Dog Owner Month, at least according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). I guess it is nice that an organization making millions by championing dog breeding… Read more »