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The Dog Trainers Connection helps Good Dog Trainers Become Great Ones! Host Bonnie Brown interviews experts who give unique, practical advice as well as solid information on dog training, behavior, nutrition and other dog related topics. DTC - We don’t follow the pack!

Latest Episodes

Dog Trainer on a “Mission” to Help Returning Vets with PTSD

Dog trainer Dennis Fehling, CPDT-KA, CBATI, of Friends for Life Dog Training in Redmond, Oregon, is passionate about giving back and helping veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He and his wife Pam Bigoni worked with a program called “Battle Buddies” in Oregon, training veterans and their service dogs. Dennis invited two veterans whom he worked with in the program, Tom Imholt and Dax McMillan, as well as retired Navy Seal John Surmont, to talk about the effects the dogs had on their lives. Dennis also discusses what kind of training he did with the veterans and their service dogs. As Dennis points out, “we need to have more programs like this one because the dogs actually change people’s lives as they connect vets with a non-judgmental being to help with their new “mission.””

33 MIN2017 MAR 3
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Dog Trainer on a “Mission” to Help Returning Vets with PTSD

Steve Diller - A Voice for the Dog Training Profession

Steve Diller has been training dogs for over 40 years and was instrumental in helping to start Dog Trainers Connection. Besides being passionate about the dog training profession and the need for trainers to talk with each other and learn from each other, no matter what methods they use, Steve is a wonderful story teller. In the interview he shares what happened when positive reinforcement training evolved among the classical compulsion trainers – why he embraced it – and the reactions he got from both sides of the table. He also shares what he does with clients that has helped him have a successful career for over 40 years.

33 MIN2016 DEC 7
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Steve Diller - A Voice for the Dog Training Profession

What you can learn about Aggression from a Personal Protection Trainer

Mike D’Abruzzo of K9-1 Specialized Dog Training LLC in Peekskill, New York, has been specializing in aggression cases and formal protection training since 1998. He told me that most of the personal protection training he does is an outlet for otherwise aggression cases that need a job to do and “a place for owners to control the aggression even more so than to use it.” He has an impressive background of training dogs for the military, private security dogs, and he was a trainer and handler for narcotic and explosive detection dogs for FEMA in the aftermath of 9-11. I really enjoyed hearing about Mike’s work with aggression and the stories of how he’s helped owners with “problem” dogs overcome the obstacles of living with them.

43 MIN2016 NOV 30
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What you can learn about Aggression from a Personal Protection Trainer

How to Observe the Structure of a Dog - A Chiropractor's View

How to Observe the “Structure” of a Dog Brian Corrigan, Chiropractor Trainers need to learn how to observe a dog fully. While we mainly focus on training and behavior, it’s very important for us to look at the overall dog we’re working with and observe any possible physical issues that may be going on. In my interview with Chiropractor Brian Corrigan of Jersey City, NJ who has been seeing people and their dogs for 20 years, he told me “It doesn’t work out if the person isn’t relaxed – I need to treat the person then their dog.” And isn’t that the same with dog training? Brian talks about how to observe a dog’s physical structure and what specific things to look for that may be signaling that the dog is in pain. And he shares other insightful tips that will be helpful to anyone working with dogs. You’ll hear some of his success stories too. There are no machines in Brian’s practice - only his healing hands for people and their dogs! Take a listen to my interview with Chi...

27 MIN2016 AUG 6
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How to Observe the Structure of a Dog - A Chiropractor's View

Living with Multiple Dogs

Living with multiple dogs is something that dog trainer Dennis Fehling, CPDT-KA, CBATI of Friends for Life Dog Training in Central, Oregon and his wife Pam have had a lot of experience with - he presently has 7 adopted dogs! Dennis shares great information on how to make multiple-dog households run smoothly, what to do to keep all the dogs relaxed, peaceful and satisfied, as well as considerations that trainers should be aware of before adding dogs to their already existing dog families.

32 MIN2016 MAY 19
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Living with Multiple Dogs

Working with Aggressive Dogs

Michael Shikashio, CDBC and Board President of IAABC, discusses the makeup of a good aggression trainer, how to deal with fear that may sometimes come up when working with an aggressive dog, and his personal path to becoming a specialist in dog aggression cases!

28 MIN2016 FEB 11
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Working with Aggressive Dogs

Walking Meditation

I loved talking with our guest trainer Dina Pavlis, ABCDT, owner of Surf City Dog Training in Florence, Oregon. She specializes in outdoor workshops! Dina discusses how she helps her clients and their dogs calm down by participating in her “Walking Meditation” program. It helps the people bond more fully with their dogs especially if that bond has been damaged because of the dog’s behavior issues. She also shares a story of how one of her own dogs gave her the insight and inspiration to develop this program for others.

24 MIN2016 JAN 21
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Walking Meditation

The People End of Dog Training

Colleen Demling, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CEO and Founder of Pawtopia.com talked to me about the ever so important people end of dog training - how adults learn and how you can spot your client’s learning style, and use it right away to get your client motivated and on board with your training program. She also discusses how to handle disagreements between family members on training. Lots of great information on working with people and their dogs!

27 MIN2015 NOV 6
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The People End of Dog Training

Interview - Small Business Coach

If you listen to my interview with Malla Haridat small biz coach and strategist, I’m positive that you’ll get a huge boost towards getting the confidence you need to build your business – no matter how small or large it is. Malla talks directly to dog trainers and people who work with dogs about the 3 things that you need to do to be a success in your business. We’ve had personal experience with Malla and she will listen to you and help you with a plan so you can achieve your business goals – for the long haul!

27 MIN2015 SEP 17
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Interview - Small Business Coach

Stranger Agression

My guest is Dog Behavior Expert Christina Shusterich, a successful New York City dog trainer who specializes in aggression. Christina talked to me about her work with Stranger Aggressioncases and why owners unknowingly in their denial can put trainers seriously at risk. Christina shares details of many aspects of how she works her cases and some surprises that have happened to her along the way!

28 MIN2015 SEP 10
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Stranger Agression

Latest Episodes

Dog Trainer on a “Mission” to Help Returning Vets with PTSD

Dog trainer Dennis Fehling, CPDT-KA, CBATI, of Friends for Life Dog Training in Redmond, Oregon, is passionate about giving back and helping veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He and his wife Pam Bigoni worked with a program called “Battle Buddies” in Oregon, training veterans and their service dogs. Dennis invited two veterans whom he worked with in the program, Tom Imholt and Dax McMillan, as well as retired Navy Seal John Surmont, to talk about the effects the dogs had on their lives. Dennis also discusses what kind of training he did with the veterans and their service dogs. As Dennis points out, “we need to have more programs like this one because the dogs actually change people’s lives as they connect vets with a non-judgmental being to help with their new “mission.””

33 MIN2017 MAR 3
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Dog Trainer on a “Mission” to Help Returning Vets with PTSD

Steve Diller - A Voice for the Dog Training Profession

Steve Diller has been training dogs for over 40 years and was instrumental in helping to start Dog Trainers Connection. Besides being passionate about the dog training profession and the need for trainers to talk with each other and learn from each other, no matter what methods they use, Steve is a wonderful story teller. In the interview he shares what happened when positive reinforcement training evolved among the classical compulsion trainers – why he embraced it – and the reactions he got from both sides of the table. He also shares what he does with clients that has helped him have a successful career for over 40 years.

33 MIN2016 DEC 7
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Steve Diller - A Voice for the Dog Training Profession

What you can learn about Aggression from a Personal Protection Trainer

Mike D’Abruzzo of K9-1 Specialized Dog Training LLC in Peekskill, New York, has been specializing in aggression cases and formal protection training since 1998. He told me that most of the personal protection training he does is an outlet for otherwise aggression cases that need a job to do and “a place for owners to control the aggression even more so than to use it.” He has an impressive background of training dogs for the military, private security dogs, and he was a trainer and handler for narcotic and explosive detection dogs for FEMA in the aftermath of 9-11. I really enjoyed hearing about Mike’s work with aggression and the stories of how he’s helped owners with “problem” dogs overcome the obstacles of living with them.

43 MIN2016 NOV 30
Comments
What you can learn about Aggression from a Personal Protection Trainer

How to Observe the Structure of a Dog - A Chiropractor's View

How to Observe the “Structure” of a Dog Brian Corrigan, Chiropractor Trainers need to learn how to observe a dog fully. While we mainly focus on training and behavior, it’s very important for us to look at the overall dog we’re working with and observe any possible physical issues that may be going on. In my interview with Chiropractor Brian Corrigan of Jersey City, NJ who has been seeing people and their dogs for 20 years, he told me “It doesn’t work out if the person isn’t relaxed – I need to treat the person then their dog.” And isn’t that the same with dog training? Brian talks about how to observe a dog’s physical structure and what specific things to look for that may be signaling that the dog is in pain. And he shares other insightful tips that will be helpful to anyone working with dogs. You’ll hear some of his success stories too. There are no machines in Brian’s practice - only his healing hands for people and their dogs! Take a listen to my interview with Chi...

27 MIN2016 AUG 6
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How to Observe the Structure of a Dog - A Chiropractor's View

Living with Multiple Dogs

Living with multiple dogs is something that dog trainer Dennis Fehling, CPDT-KA, CBATI of Friends for Life Dog Training in Central, Oregon and his wife Pam have had a lot of experience with - he presently has 7 adopted dogs! Dennis shares great information on how to make multiple-dog households run smoothly, what to do to keep all the dogs relaxed, peaceful and satisfied, as well as considerations that trainers should be aware of before adding dogs to their already existing dog families.

32 MIN2016 MAY 19
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Living with Multiple Dogs

Working with Aggressive Dogs

Michael Shikashio, CDBC and Board President of IAABC, discusses the makeup of a good aggression trainer, how to deal with fear that may sometimes come up when working with an aggressive dog, and his personal path to becoming a specialist in dog aggression cases!

28 MIN2016 FEB 11
Comments
Working with Aggressive Dogs

Walking Meditation

I loved talking with our guest trainer Dina Pavlis, ABCDT, owner of Surf City Dog Training in Florence, Oregon. She specializes in outdoor workshops! Dina discusses how she helps her clients and their dogs calm down by participating in her “Walking Meditation” program. It helps the people bond more fully with their dogs especially if that bond has been damaged because of the dog’s behavior issues. She also shares a story of how one of her own dogs gave her the insight and inspiration to develop this program for others.

24 MIN2016 JAN 21
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Walking Meditation

The People End of Dog Training

Colleen Demling, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CEO and Founder of Pawtopia.com talked to me about the ever so important people end of dog training - how adults learn and how you can spot your client’s learning style, and use it right away to get your client motivated and on board with your training program. She also discusses how to handle disagreements between family members on training. Lots of great information on working with people and their dogs!

27 MIN2015 NOV 6
Comments
The People End of Dog Training

Interview - Small Business Coach

If you listen to my interview with Malla Haridat small biz coach and strategist, I’m positive that you’ll get a huge boost towards getting the confidence you need to build your business – no matter how small or large it is. Malla talks directly to dog trainers and people who work with dogs about the 3 things that you need to do to be a success in your business. We’ve had personal experience with Malla and she will listen to you and help you with a plan so you can achieve your business goals – for the long haul!

27 MIN2015 SEP 17
Comments
Interview - Small Business Coach

Stranger Agression

My guest is Dog Behavior Expert Christina Shusterich, a successful New York City dog trainer who specializes in aggression. Christina talked to me about her work with Stranger Aggressioncases and why owners unknowingly in their denial can put trainers seriously at risk. Christina shares details of many aspects of how she works her cases and some surprises that have happened to her along the way!

28 MIN2015 SEP 10
Comments
Stranger Agression