I have been a dog training
instructor since the mid-1980s.
In the early years, I was a student
under Roger Abrantes in Denmark.
That lead to working as an instructor
for a small, private dog training business.
Later I was certified as a Danish Kennel
Club instructor and ran classes for them
before I moved to the US.
At the University of Copenhagen I
majored in General Psychology and
Developmental Psychology with an
emphasis on the interaction of dogs and
For many years, I have volunteered at the
Idaho Humane Society with some of my
roles being dog evaluator, play group
lead, and foster parent. I fosters dogs with
mild to severe behavior issues, and also
work with problem dogs at the shelter.
Through the years, I have taught
volunteer classes on general dog behavior,
breed specific behavior, handling, and
I advise foster parents and adopters about
a variety of topics.
I am a strong believer in continued
education and consequently read books
and websites, watch videos/CDs, and
Some of my favorite authors are:
Suzanne Clothier, Ian Dunbar, Jean
Donaldson, Terry Ryan, Ali Brown,
Patricia B. McConnell, Pat Miller, Brenda
Aloff, Karen Prior, Pamela Reid.
| If you comfort your dog when it’s afraid you reward its fear.|
| You should never allow a dog to growl or it will become aggressive.|
| Playing tug will make the dog more dominant.|
| If you give a dog chew toys it will learn to chew everything.|
| You can’t change a dog’s behavior – it is born with that personality|
|The dog will learn a word/command faster if you say it often and get it used to|
|If you let dogs exit doorways ahead of you or walk in front of you,|
|you’re letting them be dominant and in charge.|
| Rewards, especially treats, are bribes and may ruin your leadership.|
| Dogs should obey “because I say so”.|
|In multi-dog households, you support the hierarchy by first giving|
|the presumed dominant animal food, patting, attention etc.|
|Get a Grip