I help confused dog owners go from exhausted by their dog’s crazy behavior to finding clarity on the right training methods that get results so they can enjoy the calm companion they’ve always dreamed of. Find out how!
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How Do You Get a Dog to Listen to You?

announcements dogs training May 26, 2022

Do You Long for Peace and Quiet?

You know how frustrating living with a dog that chews can be. Or a dog that pulls so hard, you think your arm is going to come off. Or maybe your dog is the kind that won't stop barking until he's had the last word.

Many pet parents find themselves shouting commands that seem to go unheard. Is your dog ignoring you?

If you can relate to any of these things, I have good news!

It doesn't have to be this way anymore.

 

I've listened to my clients over the years, and I've helped many dogs. What I found was a disconnect between people and their dogs. Some dogs simply didn't respect their people at all.

What I noticed was that no matter what behavior issue I was called there to solve, I gave the same advice - over and over - and it worked every time!...

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How to Stop a Dog from Chewing Furniture

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If you're on this page, you already know how destructive chewing can be - it's frustrating!

The combination of management and proper training (which gets to the root of the problem) are your keys to success in eliminating this behavior.

I'm going to tackle those exact subjects as briefly as possible for you in this post, because I know how valuable your time is to you. You want answers - now!

So without further ado:

The first thing I tell my clients at the first training session is: you have to correct the relationship between you and your dog (and between your dogs, if you have multiple). You have to set rules in place that are based in fairness and set the calm tone you want for your household.

This isn't about authoritarianism, but rather celebrating...

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Help for Dogs with Allergies

It's no fun for you or your dog when dealing with allergies.

You try changing their food, special shampoos, creams... some people even turn to medication, which usually makes the problem worse!

How? Certain medications can be harsh on your pet's immune system and/or allow for yeast take-overs.

In order to relieve symptoms for good, we must eliminate the cause. This leads us down the rabbit hole of diet and nutrition. Oh I've been down that rabbit hole - for over 15 years! Let me tell you: it's definitely worth it to solve the root cause of the problem - which, without fail - is always food. However, doing all that research takes time, dedication, and LOTS of reading!

I want to point you in the right direction and give you a quick fix today, but beware: putting a bandage on the problem ...

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Are You on Talking Terms with Your Dog?

dogs resources training Feb 07, 2022

Hi, I'm Heather Smith! I've been training dogs professionally since 2015. I help my clients by looking deep into the behaviors of dogs to find the root causes of certain behaviors. This is the job of a behaviorist (think of a behaviorist as a detective of the dog world).

Most often, I notice that people just don't know how to read a dog's body language, which can worsen and even cause undesired behaviors. When people learn to read and communicate with dogs effectively, beautiful things happen!

The dogs feel more loved and understood, and the people feel less frustrated because the communication barrier has been removed! Are you ready to understand your dog better?

I find myself recommending a book titled "On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals" by Turid Rugaas to most of my...

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List of Veterinarians in Central Pennsylvania, 2022

Are you searching for a veterinarian in State College? How about Altoona, Clearfield or Lewisburg areas?

I've compiled a list of vets in Central PA to help my clients and other local pet lovers find care for their furry friends. It includes vet clinics, their hours, addresses, phone numbers, and websites - all in one list!

Download a copy of the list free of charge at https://www.petloverspassion.com/pl/2147563956

Don't hesitate to share the above link with your friends so they can benefit!

Much Love,

Heather Smith, ABCDT (Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer)

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Did you know Pet Lover's Passion offers a membership?

I am excited to announce the release of Pet Lover's Passion Membership!

This is a dog training and cat training membership community for all pet owners who want to strengthen their relationship with their pets while working on problem-solving behaviors and teaching tricks and sports.

Inside, you can gain access to member-exclusive monthly Q&A sessions, and special blog posts. Join a like-minded community of pet lovers and be inspired to make the most out of life with your dogs and cats - we're in this together!

With your membership, you can:

- Ask your training questions in a monthly Live Q&A and listen to past recordings

- Access a library of Pet Lover's Passion content from all platforms

- Participate in surveys to shape the future content of Pet Lover's Passion

- Access...

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announcements resources Oct 29, 2021

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If you want to learn more, please follow this link: https://app.kajabi.com/r/c2LV3u93/t/bnq6nqpn 
(Disclaimer: I earn a commission when you purchase from the above link. Thank you for choosing Kajabi via my recommendation!)
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Feel like you’re struggling with training your dog to behave?

announcements dogs training Sep 02, 2021

I’m looking to interview dog owners (purely for my own research) to help me build a new program I’m working on. It would mean the world to me if we could hop on a quick call and I could ask you a few questions. OR if you know of someone who fits this description, please encourage them to get on my schedule to book a call. Book in for a call here: https://calendly.com/petloverspassion/call or fill out an online survey.

The deadline for participating in this interview is October 22nd.

Share this post with your friends! https://www.petloverspassion.com/blog/interview 

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Difference Between Dog Trainer and Behaviorist

cats dogs training Feb 11, 2021

The Difference Between a Dog Trainer and a Behaviorist

Not all trainers can also call themselves behaviorists. The difference between the two is: trainers have knowledge and experience in different training methods, while behaviorists have deep insight into the thought patterns of animals (or humans) and are adept at discovering the root causes of behaviors.

For example: Trainers often teach tricks, sports, train service animals, and solve common nuisance behaviors, while behaviorists are called in to deal with aggression cases, severe anxiety issues, reverse negative associations, and most importantly: get to the root causes of behaviors and figure out ways to solve them.

Over my years of experience, I can say with confidence that I am both a trainer and behaviorist.

This is why my...

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How to Teach a Dog to Pose Perfectly for Pictures - Poses with Dogs

dogs holidays training Jan 12, 2021

See how I got my dog to sit at a candlelit dinner with me and get some great ideas for your own doggy photo shoot. National Dress up Your Pet Day is January 14th 2021. Dog photography is a great bonding experience for you and your dog!

I had a lot of fun taking all of these pictures with my dog, Jasper! He looks so cute in a tie, does he not? Drop by on YouTube and give my video a "like" - it really helps me out a lot. Thank you!

Do NOT light a candle in front of your dog. This dog is highly trained for this trick.

 Enjoy, and remember to create lasting memories every day!

♥ Heather

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