Welcome to the “It’s Not the Dog” Blog

Occasionally, I will share quick tips and quick videos when inspiration strikes me.

You cannot not train your dog.

You cannot not train your dog. In other words, not training your dog is another form of training. I meet a lot of people who don’t teach their dog good manners and discipline and at the end, the dogs are trained to be annoying, disobedient, and many times even...

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Next Workshop Coming Right Up!

Attn. Dog Guardians, Dog Adopters, Foster Dog Guardians, Dog Lovers, and Dog Advocates Adopting a dog from a rescue group / animal control or buying a dog from a breeder brings a lot of excitement, hope, and expectations. You may think, like so many people, taking...

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Does your dog growl at people?

Dogs communicate to and with us all the time. Whether they bark, growl, shake, or cower - they communicate not only with their voice but also with their body Unfortunately, most humans don’t listen or don’t know how to interpret their language. Just last week a lady...

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Children and Dogs

This week I heard the story about little Lilly; she is a 6-month old puppy that was dropped off by her family at a vet's office with the request to euthanize her. Lilly supposedly snapped at one of their children and barked at the dog park and therefore the family...

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My humble Beginnings

If you had told me ten years ago that one day I would be completely passionate about dogs, I would have asked you what you had been smoking. 😉 I never took care of a dog in my life before and I pretty much enjoyed my freedom. Sure when I was a child, I wanted a dog...

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Learning From others

Ask people for their opinions, knowledge, and expertise - but think for yourself whether it makes sense to you. In the Schutzhund sport, I learned very quickly but many people are just followers. They do what their trainer tells them to do. They never question the...

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First Day of Tracking

Since Shelby has such a strong food drive we thought that she is a great candidate for tracking. Anytime I take her out for a walk, she spends minutes at a time sniffing the ground, checking here and there, picking up all kind of crap. I always have to watch her and...

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Visit at Piedmont Park

Today we had gorgeous weather in Atlanta, blue sky and about 65 degrees. We decided to take Shelby and the boys to Piedmont Park. Talk about mental stimulation and control. Shelby saw roller bladers, she watched bicycles passing her by, she walked next to other dogs,...

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Just a Dog

A friend of mine just sent me the below article which rings so true for me. So I share it here on my blog and I hope Richard Biby, the creator of the article, doesn't mind.  From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog," or, "that's a lot of money...

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Barko’s Compassion

One of the areas where we need to work with Shelby is passing cars. When 1 or 2 cars pass her by, she stays rather calm. But when she sees several cars coming her way, she freaks out. So today we walked with her to the soccer field near the Elementary school close to...

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