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Work with award-winning author and trainer Annie Phenix. She helps with all behavioral concerns and never uses force, fear, pain, or intimidation.

Category: Motivate Your Dog

  • A Dog’s Walk: A Tale of Two Dogs on the Same Walk

    By Annie Phenix, Certified Behaviourist and Fear Free Professional My husband and I share our lives with two amazing dogs – I fondly call them our ‘hooligans.’ Finn and Cooper are full brothers and their DNA tells us that they are a mix of Cattle Dog and Border Collie. That’s lucky for me as these…

  • When You Can’t Afford a Dog Trainer

    By Annie Phenix, CPDT-KA Not a week goes by when I get a call from someone dealing with a troubled dog and they hesitantly ask me: how much do you charge? And then, sadly, they tell me they can’t afford to work with me. While I do offer a sliding scale, many dog owners are…

  • How to Help Your Dog Love Being On Leash

    A leash should be a sign of fun things to come, and it can be if you follow these four tips.   What is the one training tool every dog owner eventually uses? A leash. We also need leashes to keep dogs and humans safe. However, not all dogs understand what a leash is or how we…

  • 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…

  • 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…