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164: Does your dog need help walking politely on leash?

“Walking the dog” is one of those things that’s often a lot harder than it sounds. Julie and Tina break down the art of loose leash walking and offer advice and suggestions to help both you and Fido enjoy your walks. Resources: Podcasts: Dr. Zazie…

163: Winter Training Tips

Post-holiday blues got you down? Tina Spring and Julie Fudge Smith can help you beat the winter doldrums with these suggestions for training your dog even when cold weather has you stuck inside. Resources: Podcasts: Simple Games Kids Can Play With Dogs Achievable Resolutions for…

162: Separation Anxiety with Marlena DeMartini-Price

Marlena DeMartini-Price joined Julie Fudge Smith and Tina Spring to talk about one of the most common problems for dogs and their people- separation anxiety. Learn what it is and what you can do to help both you and your furry friend feel less stressed.…

161: One Unwavering Friend

Dr. Chris Blazina rejoins Your Family Dog to talk about his newest book, One Unwavering Friend, a collection of stories about famous men and their dogs. Learn how Dickens, Freud, and Darwin all counted on their dogs for companionship and so much more. Resources: Dr…

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Julie F. Smith

Podcast Host

Julie Fudge Smith, CPDT-KA

A lifelong dog lover, Julie has been training dogs professionally since 2003. She got her start at All About Dogs in Woodbridge, VA. In 2006, Julie moved to Ohio and started A Positive Connection.

She has a huge soft spot for shy dogs or those who have had a less-than-ideal start on life. Julie’s shared her life with dogs with special needs and knows that with love, empathy, and good training, they can have good lives.

A philosopher at heart, Julie also has a line of cards and other items based on her drawings from a pet’s point of view and her perspective that the world should be a little more animal-centric. Contact her at julie@apositiveconnection to learn more.

When Julie isn’t training dogs, she loves writing (she’s written a book!), travel, reading, hiking, and spending time with her grandkids. You can check out her training practice and dog blog at www.apositiveconnection.com.

Tina M. Spring

Podcast Host

Tina M. Spring

Tina started training dogs in 1979 as a child. She assisted her parents with classes, puppy rearing, training and even stewarded at many matches and shows. Her love of dogs and love of teaching led her to working with dogs and families. She specializes in fear and aggression as well as in providing safety programs.

In 2005 Tina authored her first book, “90 Days to the Perfect Puppy” which has had rave reviews by other training professionals and customers alike. This book is now being released as part of an online puppy rearing program. Check out her website at www.sithappens.us.

Originally from upstate New York, Tina has lived in Georgia since 1995. She has three dogs of her own – A pug named, Alberto who is mostly deaf, Marco & Jack, the Potcakes (feral island dogs), from Turks & Caicos Islands. She was a human foster parent and is a Mom and a Grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren. She is an avid motorcyclist and motorsports enthusiast. In her spare time she organizes scavenger hunt road rallies for families to get out and enjoy new adventures together.

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