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190: “BARK BARK BARK!” What’s An Owner To Do?

Few things are more annoying or stressful for owners than dogs who won’t stop barking. All of us know the anxiety caused by a barking dog and the helpless feeling of being unable to stop or distract them. Julie Fudge Smith and Tina Spring tackle…

189: Animal Ethologist Marc Bekoff

If you’ve ever wondered why your dog does what he does, animal ethologist Marc Bekoff can tell you- he literally wrote the book on it! Today he joins Julie Fudge Smith and Tina Spring to discuss his upcoming book, becoming a “citizen scientist,” and emotions…

188: Recalls and Fair Weather Training

Spring is here…maybe? The weather going haywire this time of year- snowshoes in the morning and sandals in the afternoon- can be just as confusing to your dog as it is to you. How do you keep training when the weather is great for outside…

187: What Is A Threshold, And Why Does It Matter?

It’s one thing to teach your dog a new behavior in a setting free from distractions or interruptions. It’s another thing entirely to try that behavior in the “real” world, with all its noise and color and annoying squirrels. So how do you move a…

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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

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

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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