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Setting New Years Resolutions for Dogs Can Help Owners Achieve Their Own Goals Too

January 4, 2011

From what I’ve heard about New Years Resolutions, it appears humans like to set goals for themselves with the intention of changing their own behavior in one way or another. Well, since we’re venturing into a brand new year I thought it’d be the perfect time for this inquisitive canine to add his two cents, offering up suggestions to those dog guardians who might want to look at ways to include their dog in their own list of pledges and commitments. (For additional tips on ways you can help create goals for yourself and your dog, check out the latest post my certified professional dog trainer mom has created for our Dear Inquisitive dog behavior advice column.) Why include your … Continue reading »


it’s BIGGER! It’s BADDER! It’s BETTER!

October 31, 2008

It’s official! My new fabulous website for The Inquisitive Canine has been launched! Can you believe it??? It took awhile, but boy was it worth the wait. Thanks to my fabulous “dream team”, I can now be proud and share with everyone all it’s glory! You can read all about my classes, workshops & events, privates training, philosophy, and about little ol’ me You can also check out all the new stuff, including an FAQ’s page, press releases, and this blog… Oh, and you can also link up to Poncho’s own blog… there’s much more…so go ahead and check it out! Let me know what you think! 


A BIG HUGE SHOUT OUT to Jeff, Tim, and SBC!

October 28, 2008

Talk about a positively reinforcing, rewarding, over-the-top kinda business meeting! Today Poncho and I took a little road-trip north (our favorite direction) to meet up with Amber – my trusty and oh-so-brilliant website designer/builder to finalize info on my brand new and improved website!!! EEEEKKKK! We’re about to launch folks, to keep your eyes, ears, and web browsers open! Anyway, since I had Ponchorinorama with me, Amber suggested we hit our local top-notch dog friendly fabulous restaurant The Summerland Beach Cafe! Jeff the owner was there – welcomed us with open arms, as did Tim (who is one rockin’ dog guy let me tell you…he was just loving Poncho the entire time…and Poncho was sending signals back too…what a good … Continue reading »


Dog Training Workshop : Ventura Community Canine College! Oct 18

October 10, 2008

The holidays will be here before you know it – is your dog holiday-ready yet? No matter what the season or whatever your reason, it’s always a good time to invest in creating a better relationship with your dog! Teach your dog to walk on a loose leash, greet others politely, and come when called! Join my  power workshop for you and your dog at Ventura College Community Education DOG TRAINING WORKSHOP  Saturday October 18th  1:00 – 2:30 PM Location: Ventura College, 71 Day Road Please contact Ventura College Community Ed directly for details and to register. Plus, check out the Inquisitive Canine Dog Training calendar for updates!The Inquisitive Canine2159 Palma Drive, Suite DVentura CA 93003O: 805.650.8500F: 805.650.8501


“Canine College” Graduates Too!

August 8, 2008

“Canine College” Graduates Too!

We had another graduation this summer! This time it was the “Canine College” class I teach with Ventura College Community Education program. What a great group – so much fun! Wonderful students that worked so hard…both the humans and the canines. Check out some the well-mannered pooches and their companions!  Sammy walking so nicely on his loose leash…  Jake posing for his photo-op.  Duke checkin out his new certificate! Beijing and Largo practicing their perfect down-stays… Miss. Lola and her proud mama showing off her certificate! Great job everyone! You’ve done an excellent job ~ can’t wait to see you out and about showing off all the skills you’ve learned! 


Pup & Circumstance!

July 27, 2008

Pup & Circumstance!

It was graduation today for both Puppy and Adult Manners Classes. I love graduation day! It’s so heartwarming to watch all the wonderful students (humans and canines) walk over to receive their certificates… loose leash and all… Of course I play “Pup and Circumstance” just because I’m so corny that way   I’m so proud of everyone – Sadie’s mom said how she has learned to take the skills she’s developed and use them outside of the classroom to help get the behaviors she wants! How great is that?   That’s exactly what I focus on in my classes here at The Inquisitive Canine in Ventura. Sure it’s great that my students can get their dogs to sit and down … Continue reading »


Parade of Poochies!

July 20, 2008

Today was our annual Pooch Parade here in Ventura. What a grand event it was! Loose Leash walking everywhere! It’s put on by our local private rescue group The Canine Adoption and Rescue League- a great group of folks that help dogs in need. The parade and post-party is always a good time to be had – by canines and humans alike. Plus, the weather was perfect! Not too hot, not overcast by much… all in all a very pleasant day. We started with a nice warm-up stretch with the lady that owns and runs the fabulous Oaks of Ojai (talk about motivation and rewards for humans), then we took to the path for our 5K walk… Poncho, my hubby … Continue reading »


Back to school!

June 22, 2008

How exciting! I was just hired to take over the dog training classes here in Ventura through the Ventura College Community Education program! I start this Thursday! The class is similar to my course I teach at my own studio – all positive reinforcement – focusing on the behaviors we want from our dogs (not what we don’t want…) I can’t wait to get started!


All choked up over this question:

June 20, 2008

I was having a discussion on the use of choke chains with dogs – and the question came up about using them on stronger dogs, especially Pit Bull Terriers. Let me say this first: 1) I love Pit Bulls. 2) I am NOT breed biased. Doggy DNA is doggy DNA – they all have the propensity to act like dogs whether they be a teacup chihuahua or an american pit bull terrier. The difference is obvious when it comes to the injury itself, and in that: size does matter… This is what I told my friend who asked the innocent question of using them on APBT’s (she lives in a big big city with APBT’s everywhere…and she doesn’t own a … Continue reading »


Positively rewarding for me!

June 10, 2008

Wow! Talk about rewarding… As you probably already know, I LOVE MY JOB! I’m so passionate about being a dog trainer and behavior counselor! Last Sunday was the start of my new round of Manners Classes… I offer both Puppy and Adult dogs and their families. Sunday was the orientation, so I combined both groups…and what a great group it was!!! There was a total of fourteen families that attended! Everyone asked great questions, participated in answering my questions… and laughed at my jokes (that’s always appreciated)… I find this to be so rewarding…just like the methods I teach you to teach your dogs to get the behaviors you want! I can’t wait to see all the doggies this Sunday! … Continue reading »