Author: afdstudios

A Donkey Obituary

By Annie Phenix, CPDT-KA We had her final day planned. Our much-loved donkey, Jillkey, had been resolute in her fight to stave off an early death at 15 years old – young for a donkey — but her illness was winning the battle. I knew her days where numbered when she refused to eat the… Read more »

Motivate Your Dog Introduction

I’m delighted to be a part of the “Motivate Your Dog” family, and they were kind enough to write up an introduction of me to their subscribers. Check it out if you get a chance!

The Five Most Critical Dog Skills

I’ve got a new article at “Motivate Your Dog“, titled “The Five Most Critical Skills to Teach Your Dog”. Here’s a sample: 1)    Sit means “please.” There is an accurate saying in dog training – you get what you reinforce. When a professional trainer shows up at your house, we know right away what you have been reinforcing… Read more »

You’d Think a Trainer Would Have Perfect Dogs, Right? Hah!

I’ve just had a new column published on! Here’s a taste: It’s the same every day for this dog trainer: Wake up. Let dogs out. Stumble toward the Keurig. Stop halfway to let a dog back in. Attempt to drink coffee, but another dog needs in. (They sarcastically refuse to use the dog door… Read more »

What Can Phenix Dogs Do For You?

We use all dog-friendly methods to teach your dog ANYTHING! We give your dog a clear communication path that allows your dog to learn to love to learn. Annie is happy to test your dog for the AKC Canine Good Citizen award. She is an AKC CGC Evaluator. We stop common behavioral problems such as:… Read more »