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Why You Should Never Shock Your Dog

Why You Should Never Shock Your Dog

E-Collar training is sweeping the nation! It looks like it works miracles, but what it really does is ruin dogs. In this article I will explain why.  What happens when you shock your dog? A jolt of energy is literally injected into your dog's nervous system. But from where? Of course we know it comes from pushing a button and transmitting a signal to the collar (or perhaps the signal comes from an electric fence). But what does your dog know about remote controls and invisible fences? Not too much. What your dog experiences is a force acting on him,...


The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Part Two

Leah Twitchell

Tags Cats, Freya, Holistic Healing, Natural Dog Training, Pit Bulls, training

The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Part Two

Freya came home in August of 2015 with huge dog aggression issues and very intense prey drive directed towards my cat. A big project, for sure. The focus of this article is to address the cat issues. At first, meaning for the first few months, I basically kept Freya in my office and only gave her housetime when she was on a leash. Here's a quick run-down of her first few encounters with my cat, Pasca:  1. We pass by kitty, who is sitting on a desk, on our way out to the backyard. Freya puts her whole mouth over...


Holistic Care for Your Canine Companion

Holistic Care for Your Canine Companion

If you're leaning towards a more holistic approach to your dog's health and wellness routine, here are some things I suggest. To be clear: I am in no way an expert in this area, and always suggest seeking medical advice from a (holistic) veterinarian. This is simply a list of personal decisions I have made for my own dogs, the results of which have been positive for me and my fur-family. 1. Feed a raw diet. Yes, this is important. I'm vegan, and I don't like handling dead animal parts, but buying kibble is a total cop-out in this area. I...


The Attention Diet: 7 Reasons to Ignore Your Dog

The Attention Diet: 7 Reasons to Ignore Your Dog

I currently have my dogs on an "attention diet." That means "no touch, no talk, no eye contact," as Cesar Millan would say (and I promise you, this is both the first and last time I will ever quote Cesar!). Why do my dogs need an attention diet? Well, they've received way too much attention indoors, been completely anthropomorphized, overstimulated, over-pet, overly coo-ed to, and in a fairly co-dependent relationship with me for most of their lives. It's only day two and so far, so good. I've been able to practically go "cold turkey" and my dogs are snoring soundly while...


Now Taking New Clients

Now Taking New Clients

I'm now booking new clients for my Walk and Train service! If you live in the Greater Portland area and need a dog walker or a dog trainer, let me know. I'm happy to walk or train, but specialize in doing both at once. Here's what one of my clients, Kim, had to say about her experience:  "I rescued Addie, a beagle-hound mix, just over 3 years ago. And, while she is the most loving and sweet dog I have ever met, she was also the most energetic and hard to handle. Addie's lack of recall meant she was a 'flight...