Category: Author Annie

Meet Paul Owens, the Original Dog Whisperer

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… Read more »

Why Are People Spending Thousands on Bogus Allergy Alert Dogs?

“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

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,… Read more »

Dog Owners Say the Wackiest Things to Trainers

A good dog trainer loves humans as much as she loves dogs, because she knows that it was the human who called and scheduled a private consult or signed up for a class for Fido. We train humans to learn to train their dogs. I love dog people, and many of my clients over the… Read more »

Dogster Interviews: We Chat with Dog Trainer Pat Miller

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… Read more »

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

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… Read more »

Today, We’re Turning Your Dog Into a Superhero — Literally

I’ve always thought of dogs as a certain type of hero, put here to help us humans in our stumbling attempts to learn compassion. I think most of you will agree: dogs are not only our steady, loving friends, but heroes in many different ways. But have you ever imagined what your own dog would… Read more »

Let’s Talk: What’s the Strangest Dog Name You’ve Ever Heard?

I named my “country-dumped” dog Monster. (“Country dumped” is the term for when people drive their “beloved” pet out to the country and dump him there, assuming he will be fine because someone like me will take him in.) As a puppy, he was a mess of a dog. He bit hands and growled at… Read more »

What Do You Do When a Dog Really Needs to Be Rehomed?

If you find yourself saddled with a suddenly-homeless dog, don’t panic. Here are some ideas to help you find that pup a home. [Read the complete article on Dogster.com.]