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160: Holiday Help with Jen Shryock

This year, new challenges for our family dogs may arise as we gather together once again! Jen Shryock from Family Paws Parent Education joins Julie Fudge Smith and Tina Spring to talk strategies for better managing kids and dogs during the upcoming holiday season. Resources:…

159: Managing a Multi-pet Household

Julie Fudge Smith and Tina Spring tackle the topic of how to manage a multi-pet household on a daily basis as well as during the holidays when stress may be higher for you and your pets. Resources: The Whole Dog Journal:   How to Manage a…

158: Are You Forming the Habits You Really Want?

Wilt Chamberlain once said, “Everything is habit forming, so make sure what you do is what you want to be doing.” Tina Spring and Julie Fudge Smith talk about how that idea applies to dog training as well as to pursuing a more positive trajectory…

157: What to Look For in a Doggie Daycare with Robin Bennett

Robin Bennett, dog daycare expert and co-owner of The Dog Gurus, joined Julie Fudge Smith and Tina Spring to talk about what owners should be thinking about and looking for when choosing a doggie daycare. Robin’s Resources: What Makes a Great Off Leash Play Group_…

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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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