Winston came to my puppy social today! He attended my puppy class back in April. He is growing up to be such a handsome boy! All the puppies practiced walking and then had a great time playing. Remember to social your puppies in a safe controlled environment. They will thank you for it! ... See MoreSee Less
Meet Dolce. He is 5 months old. His awesome humans started him on private puppy classes one week after they adopted him. Dolce is doing so many good things in this video that I'd like to point out. We had been working on not bolting out the door for only 10 minutes when this video was taken. We were only asking for about half the distance he is giving from the door. He gave us all the rest of the space on his own, which shows a lot of respect to his humans. I also love how he is looking to humans for direction on what to do when the door opens. Again, showing trust and respect. Only 10 minutes ago, he was right at the door, bolting out and not paying attention, at all, to what his humans wanted. The final great thing that this video captures is that Dolce goes outside calmly. His humans were saying that he previously bolted out the door and started running around in an over excited state of mind, ignoring his humans when they spoke to him. Going outside in this calmer state of mind allows Dolce to focus better on his humans. All this was done without treats, spray bottles, etc. It was accomplished with clear communication. Initially, Dolce was a bit challenging. He is really doing well now. Way to go Dolce!!!!
Meet Duke. I was called to help Duke with his separation anxiety. Duke's humans had already tried two other local dog trainers, in an effort to help Duke, without success. He would destroy property in the home when his humans would leave. As a possible solution, Duke's owners had tried to leave him outside when he was home alone. The problem with that option was that Duke got scared when there were thunder storms and would then destroy property outside. The situation had become very stressful for both Duke and his humans. Interesting enough, Duke was not afraid of thunder storms when he was inside the house. When I arrived, one of my first questions was if Duke was crate trained. The owner's answer shocked me. She said that neither of the other two trainers could get Duke to go in a crate, nor would they "force" him because he didn't want to go inside the crate. I showed the owner how to get Duke to go in the crate without "force". He quickly accepted the crate. Duke has been practicing being in his crate and being separate from his humans. He is not stressed while in the crate and is practicing longer and longer time intervals in the crate. He is doing very well. A big thanks to his humans for not giving up on finding help for him. Now, both Duke and his humans are happy. ... See MoreSee Less
Baboo has been adopted by his foster mom!! Also happy to report that Baboo is no longer afraid of strangers! I got a wonderful, happy, tail wagging greeting from him. I'm so happy for you Baboo. ❤Meet Baboo. I met him and his foster mom at Petco one day. I noticed Baboo in the store because he is tri-pawed and was pulling at the end of his leash and barking. It looked like his foster was struggling to keep control of him. I introduced myself and offered to help. It turned out that Baboo was starting to nip at some people too. After questioning his foster, I figured out that Baboo was insecure around new people and was being asked to tolerate being pet by strangers. I also figured out that Baboo was giving clear cues as to who he wanted to be pet by and who he did not. We decided to respect Baboo's choices and to keep people he didn't want to interact with away. He never tried to bite me, because I respected his choice not to be pet by me. At the end of our first training session, Baboo approached me and initiated interaction with me. It was great. Baboo could have easily been misuderstood and labeled aggressive. Baboo is not aggressive. He is reactive. He was trying to tell people to stay away in a polite way and they were not listening to him. It is important to understand the motivation behind a dogs's behavior. In other situations, the foster may have been told to correct that behavior. Baboo didn't need correcting. He just needed to be understood. ... See MoreSee Less
A dog in nature. This is a dog's natural home. Notice the beauty, the calm and tranquilty of their natural home. Now notice the human home we put our dogs in. Human homes have stress, overexcitement, frustration, sadness, anxiety, loud noises, no structure, closed off from nature, etc. When you consider the extreme differences between a dog's home and a human's home, it's easy to understand why dogs develop behavioral issues. Provide your dog some of its natural home and he will be forever grateful. ... See MoreSee Less
Meet Reece. She is 14 years old. Her humans called me because Reece was overly attached to her female human. Reece would bark and cry whenever her female human would leave the house, even if other people were home. In addition, Reece would constantly followed her female human all around the house. It turns out that Reece was not always like this. It all started after her female human lost a loved one who also lived in the home. This was a very traumatic time and Reece didn't understand why her female human was so sad. So, Reece took it upon herself to protect her female human. We have worked hard to let Reece know that she no longer has to be the protector and that her female human is strong and back to normal. Dogs are very sensitive to our emotions and are often affected by traumatic events that happen in their human's life. Dogs can't understand why people are angry, sad or frustrated. They only know that their human has changed and sometimes their envirinment changes. This can often lead to dogs changing behaviorally or developing behavioral issues. There are ways to prepare and/or help your dog through difficult times. If you need help with your dog's behavioral issues, please visit my website at www.tallydogbehavior.com. Good news! The latest update on Reece is that she is doing much better. ... See MoreSee Less
Enjoyed yoga this morning with a few furry friends. The Goat Yoga fundraising event benefiting the Leon County Humane Society was a blast! The event raised over $400 for Leon County Humane Society. I can't wait to do goat yoga again! ... See MoreSee Less
Meet sweet Bailey. She is in the foster program at Leon County Humane Society. Bailey is always in an over excited state of mind. Because of this, she was not doing well at adoption events. She was releasing her excess energy in ways that were disruptive and potential adopters were passing on her. Baily's over excited state of mind was not her fault. It was all that she knew. I worked with her foster on ways to let Bailey release her excess energy in a more structured way. Structured exercise drains physical and mental energy in the same amount of time. Bailey's foster has reported that Bailey is working really hard on her new skills and improving. Our goal is to provide ample amounts of structured exercise, show Bailey how to calm down and be in a happier, more balanced state of mind. She will get there. Her foster and I will make sure. ... See MoreSee Less
Duke came in today for a Day Training session. The video shows Duke minutes after he arrived. His body language is showing me that he is anxious by pacing, heavy breathing and a spatulated tongue. My first priority for Duke is to help him drain some of that anxious energy, to help him relax. I'm going to take him out on a walk. I will post a second video ( DUKE: PART TWO) after the walk to show if draining Duke's energy helps him to relax more. ... See MoreSee Less
After we worked out some of Duke's anxious energy, he is able to relax. The work that Alex did was going through doorways calmly and practicing to walk in the leash politely. These two activities are consider structured exercise. They work both the mind and the body at the same time. Therefore, using more energy in the same amount of time. This helps to calm his mind, so that he can better relax. Anxious dogs need to have these moments of relief and rest. Way to go Duke ... See MoreSee Less
I've spent the last five days in Vermont attending a workshop given by Linn Boyke. Many people don't recognize Linn's name. He is the dog trainer that Cesar Millan sent all his clients to when Cesar started his television show, The Dog Whisperer. I thought that I knew a lot about Dog Psychology, but Linn took it to another level. I feel it is an obligation to my clients to always be learning. A Dog Trainer should never feel that they know everything. It doesn't matter how long a Trainer has been training dogs. It has more to do with being able to put your ego aside and admit that you can still learn something. To quote Linn Boyke, "Practice leads to permanence, not perfection." It all depends on what you are practicing and how well you are doing what you are practicing. I was honored to be chosen to appear on Linn and Ian Grant podcast, The Canine Exchange. It was fun and they put me right at ease.New episode will be released next week! Perfect bunny ears Amanda! ... See MoreSee Less
I donated my training services to Cauzican Foster Dogs yesterday to help Bowie. Bowie is an energetic 8 month old Lab mix that is up for adoption. Prior to Cauzican, Bowie, the puppy, was living outside because his family didn't want to work with him anymore. Therefore he didn't have the opportunity to learn how to properly be around people and in a house. His foster said that he never lays down in the house unless he is in his crate. He constantly paces. Bowie was laying down about 10 minutes after arriving for his session. We had Bowie work on new behaviors such as respecting personal space, not bolting out the door and calming down. I also helped him overcome his fear of getting into the car. He is a quick learner. He just needed someone to show him how to be around people and in a home. Bowie also has an awesome foster who is dedicated to helping Bowie become happy, respectful and balanced. Sometimes it takes a village to help one dog. I feel honored to be a part of Bowie's village. ... See MoreSee Less
I'm fostering Baboo and my problem was I wanted to work with him, but I didn't know how. I thought I was supposed to "socialize" him. Thanks to Melissa I now know how to read Baboo and know that he doesn't always want to socialize and his space needs to be respected. I also thought he was being aggressive toward some people and that that needed to be fixed. Melissa taught me that he is not aggressive. He's reactive and that I needed to protect and respect his space. Sometimes it's not the owner behaving badly it's ignorance. Thanks to Melissa I've been educated.
99.9% of the time it’s the owners fault. Thanks for working with Bowie.
Bonnie Brinson ... Melissa is AAHHHHHMMAAAZZIINNGGGG !!!! Truly an angel to these dogs who need help.... and their fosters/owners ❤️❤️❤️❤️🐾 goodluck Bowie !!!!
Meet Okie. She is a Belgium Malinois. I was called to work with Okie because she was destroying her human's apartment when he was not home and was displaying leash reactivity to other dogs. Okie is doing Day Training with me. Her human drops her off in the morning and picks her up after work. This gives me time to work on her issues throughout the day. This day we where working on her leash reactivity at a dog park. She is making great progress and even made a new friend! If you'd like more information about my Day Training services, please feel free to contact me at (850)378-2266 or visit my website at www.tallydogbehavior.com. Let hear it for Okie!! ... See MoreSee Less
I fostered and rehabilitated Emily, the dog featured in this video produced by Humane Society International. Emily's story is used often by Humane Society International, making her a bit of a celebrity! Emily's story has a wonderful, happy ending. She lives in a wonderful home and has a "brother" who was also saved from South Korea. She will always hold a special place in my heart. ... See MoreSee Less
This video is always so bittersweet! Love my sweet Emily and the little celebrity that she is. So thankfully for you Melissa Wilkerson Peterson and all you did for our girl! We adore her and are so proud of her. Not to mention her “brother” Ollie, but he tries to avoid the spotlight 😉
I met emily AND you. You’re both celebrities to me
Last weekend, Tally Cat Cafe celebrated their one year anniversary. They have helped over 200 cats, from the Leon County Humane Society, find homes. I am totally out of my comfort zone when I'm around cats. I've never owned a cat. I don't understand their body language. I don't know if I'm supposed to approach them or let them approach me. It is sometimes nice to get out of your comfort zone and learn/experience something new. I totally enjoyed my visit to the cat cafe. It was fun and relaxing. I also greatly respect their mission of helping homeless cats. ... See MoreSee Less
Picked up my pups from boarding last Monday at Canine Cottage Boarding. This is a beautiful place. My timid dog loves it here. Each cottage has 2-5 kennels inside. Each Kennel has its own doggie door and fenced yard. Each dog is rotated into 1 and 3 acre fenced areas to play and explore. Doggie pools dot the property. The owner, Cay, is amazing! I highly recommend www.CanineCottageBoarding.com. ... See MoreSee Less
I hosted a lunch and learn at North Florida Animal Hospital today. I was talking to the staff about Dog Psychology. I also got to demonstrate how to calm down an overexcited dog owned by one of the staff members. Thanks to all the staff for attending and being so welcoming. ... See MoreSee Less
This is my boy Bodie. He is a very timid guy. When I first adopted him, he would go catatonic with fear around peoole. He has come a long way. I took him out to Cascades park the other day. He sometimes walks with his tail slightly tucked. Other people at the park often say "awe" or "its okay". I even had a stranger start to pet him, without permission, to try to soothe Bodie. I know this was all done out of compassion and concern, but these types of responses are not what Bodie needs to feel better. What Bodie needs is for people to pretend that he isn't there. If you ignore a fearful or timid dog, they will actually feel more secure. They can then decide on their own, if they want to sniff you. Dogs get to know people through their nose. If a dog wants to meet, it doesn't mean that he wants you to touch him. If the dog sniffs and walks off, please don't pursue the dog and try to pet them. Respect their decision not to interact with you. Afterall, we have the freedom to decide who we want to interact with. This gives dogs more confidence when they know that they can meet you with their nose and not be forced to be touched. This will also help you to earn your dog's trust when you tell people how to properly meet your dog. All dogs deserve respect. ... See MoreSee Less