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The Dog Trainers Connection
36 minutes | Oct 4, 2022
Chris Redenbach Dog Trainer and Bouvier Breeder
Chris Redenbach started training dogs in 1971 with a protection trained GSD her parents gave her when she moved off campus from Georgetown U. She decided to breed purpose bred working dogs while she lived in Brazil and chose the Bouvier des Flandres, a breed that, at that point, had very few genetic issues and was known for strong and stable dispositions and the multiple talents of farm and police dogs. This was before the breed split genetically between working dogs and show/pet dogs. As time went on, and in response to the behavioral traits that are needed in working dogs meant for both police and farm work, Chris developed some testing and observation procedures to try to identify the best prospects for work at an early age. She believes strongly in getting very young pups out in nature from at least 4 weeks to develop their senses and grow their physical and mental skills. She bases her methods on a foundation of ethology, the biology of behavior, a discipline she has been studying since the late 70's. Her dogs have excelled at protection and herding, being useful in both real life applications and sport. In a time of doodles, Chris thinks it's more important than ever to maintain purpose bred working dogs. Chris is also certified as a dog behavior consultant by both IAABC and CCPDT and she teaches a very comprehensive course called Becoming a Behavior Consultant, the Human in the Middle, for trainers who want to develop their professional skills as behavior consultants. She has more courses in the works as well as working with private clients near her home in the Atlanta area. She continues her education taking courses in cognitive neuroscience at a local college. Find her at email@example.com
19 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
A Lifestyle Dog Training Program
Bonnie Brown from Dog Trainers Connection interviews dog trainer Joyce Keeton about her creative and unique program for working with people and their dogs!
62 minutes | Aug 7, 2021
Bonnie Brown talks about her Walk Like a Dog Course
34 minutes | Mar 2, 2017
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 minutes | Dec 6, 2016
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.
44 minutes | Nov 30, 2016
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.
27 minutes | Aug 5, 2016
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 Chiropractor Brian Corrigan of Jersey City, NJ
32 minutes | May 18, 2016
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.
28 minutes | Feb 11, 2016
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!
24 minutes | Jan 21, 2016
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.
27 minutes | Nov 5, 2015
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 minutes | Sep 16, 2015
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!
29 minutes | Sep 10, 2015
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!
25 minutes | Jul 9, 2015
A Great Shelter Behavior Program
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, Behavior & Enrichment Manager at the Pennsylvania SPCA in Philadelphia, talked to us about the program she’s put in place at the shelter, the temperament testing and training for dogs, staff and adopters, and the wonderful results they’re having. (Yes they “temperament test” the adopters!)
22 minutes | Jun 12, 2015
Give Your Dog A Raw Bone!
Bonnie Blumenfeld, RVT, talks about the ins and outs of giving your dog raw bones - both for recreational chewing and nutrition. She discusses how to monitor your dog when you give them a bone, what types of bones are good for your dog, and the overall process of doing it safely.
21 minutes | Jun 12, 2015
Why Canned Dog Food is Healthier than Kibble
Besides the fact that most recalls on dog food are of kibble and not canned dog food, canine nutritionist Bonnie Blumenfeld, RVT, sheds light on the many reasons that canned dog food is actually healthier for your dog than kibble - besides the fact that it smells better to your dog!
24 minutes | May 15, 2015
How Tellington Touch Helps Aggressive Dogs
What a treat that I got to interview a dog trainer named Dennis Fehling from Friends for Life Dog Training in Redmond, Oregon. Not only is he one of a handful of men who are Guild Certified Tellington TTouch trainers, but he was the first man to be certified in BAT (Behavior Adjustment Training) by its founder, Grisha Stewart. Dennis describes how he uses TTouch with his aggression cases and talks about how he works with dogs that have severe bite histories. Are you familiar with “Treat and Retreat?” Make sure to visit www.dogtrainersconnection.com for all of your dog training needs!
17 minutes | Apr 24, 2015
Why Kibble Is Not a Good Diet for Your Dog!
Canine nutritionist Bonnie Blumenfeld talks about some shocking things that are added to many commercial kibble brands, the truth about rendering vats where kibble is made, why “grain-free” kibble isn’t carbohydrate free, and why you should walk away if you see the words “by-product” on a label. Please visit www.dogtrainersconnection.com for more information about the podcast and for more helpful tips!
19 minutes | Apr 10, 2015
How to Play Tug Safely with a Pit Bull-Type Dog
Jeff Coltenback talks about how a person, no matter how physically weak they may be, can learn to safely play tug with an exuberant and strong Pit Bull. Jeff’s been rescuing and training Pit Bulls for many years. He’s definitely the man when it comes to all things Pit Bull! For more information about dog training, please visit www.dogtrainersconnection.com.
16 minutes | Apr 3, 2015
Making Your Dog’s Kibble Healthier
Dog nutrition expert, and holistic veterinary technician, Bonnie Blumenfeld, discusses why you should avoid generic and supermarket brand dog foods, what to add to your dog’s kibble to make it more nutritious and what chemicals to absolutely avoid! Bonnie is available for nutritional consults by phone. Her website is www.headtotailhealth.com.
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