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The purpose of this blog is to provide information to users of Service Dogs and those who think a Service Dog might be helpful to their situation. Feel free to contribute liberally with comments and guest posts with any information, tips and experiences that might be helpful to others with Service Dogs.

I am a dog trainer with 40 years of experience, but I no longer personally train other people’s dogs. Now I coach dog owners who are training their own Service Dogs.

Our coaching covers all aspects of living with your Service Dog. We can begin with any specific issues that you may be having, or if you’re new to Service Dogs, we’ll probably start out with an emphasis on training, both initial tasks that MAKE it a Service Dog as well as those which enhance your relationship with your dog and make him/ her a better companion, although there are many other facets of training, working and living with a Service Dog.  The fact is, we are with this being 24/7, so the better companionship s/he provides, the better, right?

I can assist you with whatever stage you’re at with your dog’s training:

All Service Dogs need to review their tasks from time to time! Tasks that are not used on a daily basis in “real life” situations need to be practiced so as to keep your dog sharp for when they are needed. So, even if you’re satisfied with the training that your dog has received, there are things that should be done to maintain it at that level. I can help you develop a routine to keep your dog sharp on all of his tasks.

If You Don’t Have Your Service Dog Yet:

If you have a disability and have decided that a Service Dog would be right for you, I can assist you with determining if the dog you already own is suitable for the work, or I can help you screen a dog before you acquire it, and then coach you as you train him. I will support you every step of the way!

Expanding Vocabulary and Developing Reasoning Abilities:

Special emphasis should be placed upon increasing a Service Dog’s vocabulary and developing his/ her reasoning abilities.

I will help you learn strategies for successfully relating to your Partner. Although there are general dog training basics that apply, Service Dogs require special handling.

In order to more effectively carry out their jobs, Service Dogs must be given responsibility and permission to think and make decisions on their own.

I will help you guide your Service Dog to learn how to make the transition from just mindlessly following directions to working independently and making good decisions in regards to performing his tasks when the situation requires that he think for himself. I can help you take your relationship with your canine partner to a new level of functionality, intimacy and trust.

I can help you bring out the full potential in your Service Dog to make him or her the best companion and helper that s/he can be.

My Experience:

I am an experienced dog trainer and certified Life Coach. I’ve trained dogs for a variety of purposes for over 40 years, but I now specialize in Service Dogs; My mission is coaching owners to bring their canine partners to a higher standard of excellence.

When I was growing up, some of my relatives raised and trained dogs for the circus (as well as for other purposes) and I loved to spend time working with them. One of my uncles used to brag that he could teach an intelligent dog to do anything that was physically possible for a dog to do, and he certainly did do some pretty amazing things with dogs. (To read a bit more about Uncle Joseph and his circus dogs, CLICK HERE to download my book  : )

I won’t make such a bold claim as my Uncle Joseph, but I will at least say that I’m a very good dog trainer and coach. Make an appointment today to see if you agree! 🙂


By the way, I used a “blog template” to make this blog, so the dogs that are pictured above are not to my knowledge service dogs, but who knows? They could be, since Service Dogs come in all breeds and sizes!  😀

Please comment, question and discus your experiences; feel free to jump in and offer advice! If you’d like to contribute an article on some aspect of training or living with your service dog, please contact me at webmaster (“at” symbol)



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