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175: Behavior vs Training

Behavior vs. training- what’s the difference? Is training simply what you do to get the behavior you want? Or is there a little more to it than that? In this episode, Julie Fudge Smith and Tina Spring break down the differences between behavior and training,…
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174: Asking For Consent Will Deepen Your Bond With Your Dog.

Consent- it’s not just for humans. Our animal companions can also give or withhold consent, and they appreciate being asked for it as much as we do. Asking for your dog’s consent and respecting when they say no not only deepens your relationship with your…

173: Dr. Zazie Todd Shares Her Newest Book: Purr

Welcome back to Your Family…Cat? Julie Fudge Smith and Tina Spring switch focus slightly this week as they welcome back one of their favorite guests, Dr. Zazie Todd, to discuss her new book “Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy.” Tune in for tips…

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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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