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When I work with dogs, I use Dog Psychology. Here is a great explanation of what Dog Psychology is and why it is important. ... See MoreSee Less

Meet Finn! Finn is 14 weeks old. She is in her prime socialization period of eight to sixteen weeks. This is when puppies should be exposed to as many sights, sounds, textures, obstacles, objects, situations and people as possible to help them grow into confident adult dogs. It's a small window of time that often gets overlooked. Since Finn does not have all of her shots yet, we are socializing her in very controlled environments. The car is one such environment. A car ride can help the puppy see the world from a safe place. They get exposed to kinds of sights, sounds, situations, people and objects during car rides. You can take your puppy through drive-thrus. You can also go sit in a parking lot with the windows downs, as the puppy watches the action around them. In addition, dogs learn how to behave in the car. One big mistake people make is to only take the puppy in the car when it is time to go to the vet. This can create a bad association with the the car, if the puppy doesn't like going to the vet. Finn is a quick learner and doing a fantastic job. ... See MoreSee Less

Meet Finn!  Finn is 14 weeks old. She is in her prime socialization period of eight to sixteen weeks. This is when puppies should be exposed to as many sights, sounds, textures, obstacles, objects, situations and people as possible to help them grow into confident adult dogs. Its a small window of time that often gets overlooked. Since Finn does not have all of her shots yet, we are socializing her in very controlled environments. The car is one such environment.  A car ride can help the puppy see the world from a safe place. They get exposed to kinds of sights, sounds, situations, people and objects during car rides. You can take your puppy through drive-thrus. You can also go sit in a parking lot with the windows downs, as the puppy watches the action around them.  In addition,   dogs learn how to behave in the car. One big mistake people make is to only take the puppy in the car when it is time to go to the vet.  This can create a bad association with the the car, if the puppy doesnt like going to the vet. Finn is a quick learner and doing a fantastic job.Image attachment

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Very cutes

Dawn Call this is the pup we adopted from you Lolli. Her name is Finn now and she is doing great!

When the Wakulla Animal Shelter called me to help Wyatt, they told me that Wyatt was in a life or death situation. If I couldn't help Wyatt control his over excitement, he would not get adopted and would undoubtedly be euthanized.

Wyatt was so overexcited that he would jump up on people and hurt them. When out on a walk, he wrapped himself around a handler and pulled really hard leaving massive bruising on her legs. He was way out of control.

Wyatt's beginning in life was a hard one. He was isolated outside in a small makeshift crate.

Wyatt worked really hard to make great strides in a short amount of time.

Then, Wyatt's dream of having a family and a home came true. A kind family wanted to make Wyatt a part of their family, despite the challenges they would face incorporating him into his home. They were open to my suggestions and followed them.

I'm happy to report that Wyatt's first night in his new home went very well. He has started to play with his new, Great Dane brother. He has a large, fenced-in backyard to run around in. He is loved.

Such a happy ending for a very deserving dog!❀Best way to end the week ever! WHITEY, now known as WYATT, got adopted today! He was one of those dogs with no manners but with a willingness to please. He was just so darn excited when he was getting attention, he didn't care who he jumped on or over! We are so thankful for the hours of patient help, understanding and training that Melissa from Tallahassee Dog Behavior and Training provided for him. Also a big thank you to the Lathem family who have decided to make Wyatt a part of their home. They understand his issues and will continue working with Melissa at home, just to make a smooth transition. Wyatt has a Great Dane as a new brother (who approved the adoption). We look forward to some pictures from home soon! Thank you all! Woohoo!
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When the Wakulla Animal Shelter called me to help Wyatt, they told me that Wyatt was in a life or death situation. If I couldnt help Wyatt control his over excitement, he would not get adopted and would undoubtedly be euthanized.

Wyatt was so overexcited that he would jump up on people and hurt them. When out on a walk, he wrapped himself around a handler and pulled really hard leaving massive bruising on her legs. He was way out of control. 

Wyatts beginning in life was a hard one. He was isolated outside in a small makeshift crate. 

Wyatt worked really hard to make great strides in a short amount of time.

Then, Wyatts dream of having a family and a home came true. A kind family wanted to make Wyatt a part of their family, despite the challenges they would face incorporating him into his home. They were open to my suggestions and followed them. 

Im happy to report that Wyatts first night in his new home went very well. He has started to play with his new, Great Dane brother. He has a large, fenced-in backyard to run around in.  He is loved. 

Such a happy ending for a very deserving dog!❀

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This literally made me cry ♥️

4 months ago

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I've been hearing this quote a lot lately, due to Covid-19. So, I bought these dog poop bags to keep me and my dogs inspired. πŸ˜‚ ... See MoreSee Less

Ive been hearing this quote a lot lately, due to Covid-19. So, I bought these dog poop bags to keep me and my dogs inspired. πŸ˜‚

Meet Mak. Wakulla Animal Services called me because Mak's adopters were considering returning Mak to the shelter. Mak was having separation anxiety. He would bark, whine and destroy his crate and objects in his crate. Mak's adopters felt that Mak needed a family that had someone home during the day. Even though it would break their heart to return him, they wanted him to have a happy life.

After working with Mak's adopters, I'm happy to say that Mak will not be going back to the shelter! Here is the latest update from Mak's adopters:

"Doing good! I think he's enjoying the quarantine haha. When gab and I were both working and gone all day he was still doing so well staying out in the living room all day. Not tearing anything up at all and generally calm when we'd leave and get back.

You're guidance was a huge help and we still use quite a few of the things you showed us everyday! Seriously, thanks a million."

Yay, Mak!!! I greatly appreciate the work the adopters put in, and their desire to give Mak a happy life.
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Meet Mak. Wakulla Animal Services called me because Maks adopters were considering returning Mak to the shelter. Mak was having separation anxiety. He would bark, whine and destroy his crate and objects in his crate. Maks adopters felt that Mak needed a family that had someone home during the day. Even though it would break their heart to return him, they wanted him to have a happy life. 

After working with Maks adopters, Im happy to say that Mak will not be going back to the shelter! Here is the latest update from Maks adopters:

Doing good! I think hes enjoying the quarantine haha. When gab and I were both working and gone all day he was still doing so well staying out in the living room all day. Not tearing anything up at all and generally calm when wed leave and get back.

Youre guidance was a huge help and we still use quite a few of the things you showed us everyday! Seriously, thanks a million.

Yay, Mak!!!  I greatly appreciate the work the adopters put in, and their desire to give Mak a happy life.Image attachment

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Amazing. Wonderful for all concerned. Especially Mak.

Great work. You’re the best!

Good job. Bravo..

So glad for the happy ending!

Nice work Melissa!

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"YOUR DOGS ARE SO CALM."

This was a complement I recently received from a stranger that I crossed paths with on a hike with my dogs. That's the highest level of complement that I can receive. One of my dogs is highly fearful and was dog aggressive. My other dog was dog reactive. Now, you can see why that is a high level complement. The goal of Dog Psychology is to create calm and balance for dogs. That's why I train all my clients' and their dogs using Dog Psychology.

This video was filmed today at Cascades Park. There is loud construction going on across from where we are sitting. Can you guess who is the fearful dog?

I hope this encourages you to bring fulfillment and balance to your dog's life. 🐢❀
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6 months ago

Tallahassee Dog Behavior and Training, LLC

Buying locally and donating locally. Leon County Humane Society and Wakulla Animal Services need donations for their pet food pantries. ... See MoreSee Less

Buying locally and donating locally. Leon County Humane Society and Wakulla Animal Services need donations for their pet food pantries.

6 months ago

Tallahassee Dog Behavior and Training, LLC

Who likes SoDOUGH's? We do!!

It is fun to take your dog out to eat with you. Don't think you can? All it takes is some work. My Jack Russell was dog reactive and my Pitbull has extreme anxiety. They can go lots of places now. The work you put in will reap you and your dogs lots of rewards!! And doughnuts!😊

#tallahassee, #dogfriendlyrestaurants, #dogtrainingtallahassee
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Who likes SoDOUGHs?  We do!!

It is fun to take your dog out to eat with you. Dont think you can? All it takes is some work. My Jack Russell was dog reactive and my Pitbull has extreme anxiety. They can go lots of places now. The work you put in will reap you and your dogs lots of rewards!!  And doughnuts!😊

#Tallahassee, #Dogfriendlyrestaurants, #dogtrainingtallahassee

Meet Lola! Lola's human contacted me because Lola would bark, lunge, and has bitten people when out on a walk. Many dogs with these issues become isolated and don't get their much need walk. Luckily, Lola's human did not want that kind of life for Lola. They have both worked hard and it is paying off. Here are a couple of the many shining moments Lola had today on our walk. Lola was walking past people without incident. Let's hear it for Lola and her human!! πŸ™Œ ... See MoreSee Less

Meet Lola!  Lolas human contacted me because Lola would bark, lunge, and has bitten people when out on a walk. Many dogs with these issues become isolated and dont get their much need walk. Luckily, Lolas human did not want that kind of life for Lola.  They have both worked hard and it is paying off.  Here are a couple of the many shining moments Lola had today on our walk. Lola was walking past people without incident. Lets hear it for Lola and her human!!  πŸ™ŒImage attachment

7 months ago

Tallahassee Dog Behavior and Training, LLC

I have been working with a dog named Bronson at Wakulla Animal services. I wanted to create this video for two reasons. First I wanted to show Bronson's potential and advocate for him. Second, I wanted to help people to see that pity and sorrow is not what fearful dogs need. I was able to help Bronson in 4 visits. I never used treats. I earned his trust by showing him that I understood him. He is still a very fearful dog and will always be a fearful dog. But, that doesn't mean he can't learn to trust and love his people. It also doesn't mean that he won't have a fulfilling life with lots of adventures. It just means that he needs patience, time and understanding. Please advocate for fearful dogs, don't pity them. Also, please feel free to share and help Bronson get adopted!!!

#rescuedogs, #fearfuldogs, #adoptabledogs,
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He is so stunningly gorgeous and I just love his perky trot. Thank you for working with him and for helping spread the word that he needs a home!

This is so awesome! Thank you for advocating for that guyπŸ’š

Melissa is the Best, Great Understanding of Dogs, If You Have A Dog That Needs Training , You Can Not Go Wrong With Melissa.

AWESOME!!! Thank You for showing any furbaby is worth the love and effort to bring out the true personality!! SHARED

Thank you for all you do for our furbabies

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I couldn't resist sharing this Christmas card I received from a client, on behalf of their dog, Blis. πŸ˜‚ ... See MoreSee Less

I couldnt resist sharing this Christmas card I received from a client, on behalf of their dog, Blis. πŸ˜‚

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You can't be fishin' for bigger breeds out here! It's illegal! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚

9 months ago

Tallahassee Dog Behavior and Training, LLC

Heading home after volunteering for Training Cesar's Way Fundamentals 2 course at The Dog Psychology Center. It is such a magical place to visit. I always leave feeling calm and loved. Most importantly, I leave wanting to help more dogs have balanced and fulfilled lives. ... See MoreSee Less

Heading home after volunteering for Training Cesars Way Fundamentals 2 course at The Dog Psychology Center. It is such a magical place to visit. I always leave feeling calm and loved. Most importantly, I leave wanting to help more dogs have balanced and fulfilled lives.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Tallahassee Dog Behavior and Training Is The Best, Call and Talk To Melissa for All Your Training Needs, We At The Pet Place Dog Grooming Salon Have Seen The Results Of Her Training. Wonderful !!!

That's a funny looking dog they have there! 🐾

I had an amazing time learning from Linn Boyke a couple weeks ago. He flew to Tallahassee and spent five days teaching me more about Dog Psychology. Linn worked with Cesar Millan before Cesar had his TV show. Once Cesar started "The Dog Whisperer", all Cesar's clients went to Linn. Linn has 20+ years experience in Dog Psychology and started The School of Dog Psychology. He has adapted his own style and techniques, and I was honored to learn from one of the best in the field. You can learn more about Linn Boyke on Facebook. In addition, he has many great videos on YouTube. ... See MoreSee Less

I had an amazing time learning from Linn Boyke a couple weeks ago. He flew to Tallahassee and spent five days teaching me more about Dog Psychology. Linn worked with Cesar Millan before Cesar had his TV show. Once Cesar started The Dog Whisperer, all Cesars clients went to Linn. Linn has 20+ years experience in Dog Psychology and started The School of Dog Psychology. He has adapted his own style and techniques, and I was honored to learn from one of the best in the field. You can learn more about Linn Boyke on Facebook. In addition, he has many great videos on YouTube.Image attachment

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That’s awesome! I’m sure you had fun while learning a TON!

In Tallahassee Learn From One Of The Best Dog Trainers, at Tallahassee Dog Behavior and Training, LLC.

So cool!

We had a great puppy social last Saturday. Here is 12 week old Kelsey exploring new sights, sounds and smells. She seems very comfortable and curious. That is exactly what we hope to see with puppies. Her humans are making sure that Kelsey has lots socialization during her peak socialization period before it expires between 13-16 weeks. ... See MoreSee Less

Last weekend's puppy social was held at Bass Pro Shop. Dolce and Auggie were learning to be calm in a busy environment. We are helping them to relax with a soothing massage. Who wants a dog that is calm in public places? Everyone!!! Great work Dolce and Auggie!❀ ... See MoreSee Less

Last weekends puppy social was held at Bass Pro Shop.  Dolce and Auggie were learning to be calm in a busy environment. We are helping them to relax with a soothing massage. Who wants a dog that is calm in public places?  Everyone!!!  Great work Dolce and Auggie!❀

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I’d totally sign up for a doggie social in a public place to learn about this! I didn’t realize bass pro allowed this!

Good job...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! Here is my girl's Halloween costume. Don't worry. This is only a submissive grin. Be safe and please keep your dogs safe! ... See MoreSee Less

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!  Here is my girls Halloween costume. Dont worry. This is only a submissive grin. Be safe and please keep your dogs safe!

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Her and Eason have the same grin !🀣

I have never seen Charlotte do this. Impressive

How endearing 🐾🍭

Charlotte!

Il a de belles dents.... Happy Hallowene to you

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My first television interview! ... See MoreSee Less

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Awesome interview Melissa! Such a dog whisperer!!πŸ’›πŸΆ

Great job, Melissa!

So proud of you Melissa!!