Tulip inspired a contest!

This is Tulip. She is an awesome 3-4 yr old pit mix who believes in living life with flair and style. She started training with Follow Me Dog Training LLC in April and since then has made a phenomenal transition. I noticed her sense of style right away when she showed up for a lesson wearing this amazing sweater: Since then her fashion statements are bold and more awesome every…

Book Review: Until Tuesday A wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him

Everyone should go out right now and purchase a copy of Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalvan. If Luis and Tuesday are touring in your state, go meet them and hear Luis talk! I am sad because as of yet, he hasn’t scheduled anything in Richmond Virginia and I missed out the last time he was in Washington DC. This…

Too cold to learn

Richmond Virginia is experiencing some cold weather! As Follow Me Dog Training LLC gets ready for the day, the first thing we do is check the weather conditions. I usually have a good idea by how long Frappy and Leinie want to stay outside for their morning walk, but always good to check the forecast. When the temps say 20 degrees but feels like 11 degrees it is time to…

Why can’t we all just agree and get along?

In October of 2010 I had the opportunity to attend a seminar entitled Ian Dunbar- Science Based Dog Training (with Feeling). I was looking forward to a weekend full of interesting information, networking with some other dog professionals in the area and new ideas to take into my toolbox of training. I was a overwhelmed with my experience. I did learn quite a bit and did start incorporating some of…

How we say Thank You to our Troops

Leinie supports our Troops! Follow Me Dog Training LLC is a big supporter of our American servicemen, women and K9’s! This past June a close friend and fellow dog trainer, CSM James Hamm US Army,was deployed to the far reaches of Afghanistan.  CSM Hamm has been deployed 6 times in the Middle East and has fought and stood bravely for our country and I couldn’t be prouder to call him…

A good read!

Leinie and I recently returned from our trip to Wisconsin for E5 at That’s My Dog! Inc. Before E5 we had the opportunity to relax a bit at Buteo Bay with our friends at the Wisconsin Canine Coach. Buteo Bay is the perfect place to hang out by the lake and relax, me with a book and Leinie with a Jolly Ball! Dog books are a large part of the…

E-palooza 5! We are WI bound!

E-PALOOZA 5: A Gathering Of Training Professionals Dedicated To Educating And Enhancing The World Of Dogs. An anual event hosted by That’s My Dog! Inc, in Hazel Green Wisconsin. Speakers include Cyndy Douan, Scott Mueller, Larry Sontag, Robin MacFarlane and others.   Follow Me Dog Training LLC is making the trip to That’s My Dog! Inc for E5. Leinie and I wouldn’t miss it. We were there at the beginning and…

A celebration of life….with tears

An amazing dog is taking his journey over the Rainbow Bridge today. Nunapik’s Alaskan Kyoak….or Ky as we called him lost his battle to oesteosarcoma. Ky is part of the Buteo Bay Bunch owned by the Canine Coach in Rhinelander Wisconsin. Leinie, Pepper…and myself are all adopted members of this pack of Leonbergers and Shepherds. As a dog trainer I meet hundreds of dogs a year; the ones I own are…

A book to add to your library

Remember the idea of continuing education I mention often? Well, not only does Follow Me Dog Training LLc believe that continuing education comes in the form of workshops, seminars and conferences, it also comes from videos and books. I had an opportunity to read a book that was released this past summer. After hearing many people, including dog trainers and dog lovers, tell me how wonderful a book this was…

Going to Texas for IACP.

Follow Me Dog Training LLC is going to the annual conference for The International Association of Canine Professionals this week. What is the IACP? The INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CANINE PROFESSIONALS is an organization established to maintain the highest standards of professional and business practice among canine professionals. Its aim is  to  provide support and representation for all professional occupations involved with  any aspect of canine management, health, training and husbandry. …