During my 11+ years of working with pets and their owners in the Valley, I've had the good fortune to build some great relationships with local veterinarians. They’ve educated me on so many topics including how pain effects behavior, illnesses that manifest behaviorally, and so much more. … Read On ›
Today, I got an email from Sarah, one of my clients in Agawam. She said she was feeling a little defeated because her reactive dog, Guinness, was still growling at people on walks. A few months back we did a basic lesson package - which is five … Read On ›
One of my Vermont clients asked me about my thoughts on dogs on beds:
“Have you written a blog article about dogs on beds vs crate training vs sleeping some place else in the house? Would love to hear your thoughts and reasons on any of the above”.
So, … Read On ›
Lately, I’ve gotten a string of clients that express a concern about training their dog. They are worried that training is going to ruin their dog’s personality. They’ve hesitated to do lessons, for fear that their dog will become some sort of training robot and lose the … Read On ›
I have been a professional dog and cat behavior consultant for over 10 years. Prior to that, I spent 12 years working with children with severe mental illness. Never once in that time did a parent, social worker, teacher or clinician come to me and say, “Elise, … Read On ›
When I got Leelah Bean in 2010, I chose her based on temperament. To date, I had worked through my dogs’ human based aggression, dog-dog aggression, separation anxiety, thunderphobia, canine compulsive disorder, marking, osteochondrosis dessicans…oh my, I was so ready for a normal puppy. [Of course, when … Read On ›
Today is Superbowl Sunday. Whether you're into it or not, you understand that, for many, this is a day that requires the dog to kind of do his own thing. We all have our Superbowl Sunday events and earning yourself twelve hours of silence from your dog … Read On ›
So, you’re thinking about adding in a second dog. There’s just one issue. Your current dog is a dog with issues. A special needs dog. A work in progress. When you think about introducing a new puppy to your dog, you can’t help but see a little … Read On ›
A dear client from Holyoke emailed me the following: “Good Morning Elise, A friend of mine had to put her Golden Retriever down a few months ago due to health issues. She is now considering adopting a rescue dog. Is it more recommendable to adopt a puppy … Read On ›
Holidays are a wonderful time and, hopefully, an occasion for you and your family to celebrate and enjoy one another. Of course, our pets are part of that experience. I wanted to take a few moments to go over some things to be cautious of in order … Read On ›
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