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199: Dogs and Senior Citizens

Is a golden retriever the right companion for your golden years? For many people, the thought of not having a dog is almost incomprehensible. But as individuals get older, they aren’t always up to the task of caring for a dog, at least in the…

198: The Premack Principle

Do you ever feel like you and your dog are constantly butting heads? That you’re both vying to be the one in control? Or like you’re spending more time trying to get Fido to do what you want than actually enjoying his canine company? In…

197: Old Dogs Go To Helen

Old age, death, and loss are topics most of us prefer to avoid. They’re uncomfortable, sometimes even painful to discuss, and most people don’t like to think about their own mortality- or that of their pets. Death, however, is an inevitable part of life, and…

196: Teach Your Dog Not To Beg

As much as we love our dogs, they do have some annoying habits- and begging at the table is definitely one of them. It’s nearly impossible to sit down and enjoy your dinner when Fido is constantly pawing at you for his share. But what’s…

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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.

Now that Julie has retired, she loves writing, travel, reading, hiking, and spending time with her grandkids. You can check out her book (The Beast Keepers, due out August 1, 2023) 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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